Nikita Komarov (OC 2011–2016) Funded Fellowship at the Francis Crick Institute, London

In May 2017, Nikita was offered a funded fellowship at the world famous Francis Crick Institute in London.

Nikita was one of just 24 successful applicants, from a total pool of 800, and is also the only first year to be successful in the past five years. His project involves modifying model organisms to mimic mammalian mitotic processes which could, in the future, have massive implications in regenerative treatment, and allow safe, ethical testing of certain factors on pathological disease, such as oncology or degeneration. While Nikita’s project is only at the start of the journey, it is still invaluable knowledge and experience that will hopefully lead to the betterment of understanding of cellular processes in model organisms.