Congratulations to Poppy Bradley OC, now in her first year studying natural sciences at Bath University, who has just published her first scientific paper. Just over a year ago, while she was in the sixth form at Chigwell, Poppy was awarded a Nuffield placement and bursary which enabled her to work as part of a research team at the Lungs for Living Research Centre at University College London. Working with a supervisor, Poppy carried out research into the difference in the rate of proliferation between adult and paediatric basal epithelial cells, which are found in the trachea. She carried out a variety of experiments involving cell culture, laser scanning confocal microscopy and immunohistochemistry and visited Great Ormond Street and University College Hospitals to collect samples in theatre. Her work was highly regarded and was one of thousands of entries in the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition 2019. Poppy was amongst 225 finalists who exhibited their projects at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham in March where she was judged to be Senior Science Category Runner Up, a tremendous achievement. Poppy’s work has just been published as a paper in the Young Scientists Journal which you can read in full here.