Meet the Scientist

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Lilian Goodchild

Cancer Research Extended Intern at Centre for Cancer Prevention

"There seems to be a common stereotype that people are either scientific or artistic, which is definitely a myth..."

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What scientific field do you work in?


Cancer research/epigenetics

Could you briefly explain what your job involves?


Day-to-day, my job involves extracting, bisulfite converting, amplifying and pyrosequencing mouse DNA from CD4+ T cells, so that I can ultimately assess methylation status between different groups.

When did you decide you wanted to work as a scientist?


When I was about 17 and I started to develop a deep interest in cancer biology.

Do you have any secret talents?


Photography. There seems to be a common stereotype that people are either scientific or artistic, which is definitely a myth, you can be both!

What educational pathway did you take to get to where you are now?


Biology and Chemistry A Levels, and a Biomedical Sciences BSc from QMUL with an independent undergraduate research project.

Do you have a favourite movie quote?

“There should be no boundaries to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.”

– The Theory of Everything

"Work hard, stay committed and NETWORK!"


What was the best thing about your job?


Being around people that understand share your passion and curiosity for scientific research.

"Being around people that...share your passion and curiosity for scientific research."

What was the worst thing about your job?


Problem-shooting when your experiments fail again, and again, and again. It can be hard and demotivating to deal with repeated failure but you have to be resilient.

Have you taken part in any research?


Yes - I work in research now, but my most exciting project was my undergraduate research at Barts Cancer Institute, where I found a potential mechanism driving chromosomal instability in pancreatic cancer! Understanding such mechanisms could ultimately allow for the development of novel therapies.

Do you have any advice for young people who are interested in your career path?


Word hard, stay committed and NETWORK!

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