Paul M Brett

Policy Intern at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

CSaP Policy Intern (January - April 2021)
PhD student, School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham

Paul's research centres around elucidating the sexual cycle of certain moulds used in industrial biotechnology. Moulds are used for their ability to produce chemical metabolites such as antibiotics or even simply citric acid! This would provide a tool for strain improvement in these fungi, and may allow for increased production of metabolites of interest or even novel metabolites. Using molecular genetics and biochemical approaches, he is also able to explore the mechanisms that govern signalling and trigger and control fungal sexual development.

Paul holds a MSc in Biotechnology, BSc(Hons) in Biology, as well as a MEd and PGCE from his time as a secondary school science teacher.

Paul is passionate about scientific outreach, and has presented at several events such as 'Pint of Science' & the 'Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity' as well as organising for other researchers to talk about their work to branches of 'University for the 3rd Age (U3A)' across Nottinghamshire.

Beyond his studies and research, Paul is learning Spanish and loves to be active, particularly hiking, all the better if there are mushrooms and fungi to find and identify!

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    Levelling up: A Sense of Place and Connectivity

    Place matters in terms of culture and identity, yet nationally everything is connected. With this in mind, we asked: should levelling up be a central government agenda or a series of local tied-together agendas? Perhaps what really matters is that any interventions need to be ‘done with’, rather than ‘done to’.

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    International Health and Human Rights: Being Heard Professional Development Series

    In the world of international health and human rights, how do we examine and determine what is the “best” policy or set of policies? How do we ensure that interests of all groups are considered, especially when those groups are marginalised?