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Maise Al Bakir

Maise Al Bakir, 2016 Crick-CRUK doctoral clinical fellow, Charles Swanton's lab.

I knew I was applying for a very competitive programme at the UK's leading research institute, so when I got the news that I'd been selected I felt excited and extremely fortunate to have been given such an incredible opportunity.

What makes the Crick so different is the multidisciplinary, collaborative approach. We have such a wide range of people and disciplines under one roof, with basic scientists, clinicians, and translational scientists working together. Although I'm involved in cancer research, it's inspiring to interact with people from different areas, and to understand how knowledge gained in one field can be applied to another.

Although I'm involved in cancer research, it's inspiring to interact with people from different areas, and to understand how knowledge gained in one field can be applied to another.

Collaboration is very important in science - our group collaborates with lots of people, both within the Crick and beyond.

Whilst my background is as a clinician, my work here is in bioinformatics, which involves the critical analysis of large-scale cancer genomic data. Doing biological research at this level has allowed me to better understand the biology of this disease and the future challenges we face. This experience will certainly make a better oncologist.

I'm privileged to be here for three years, and hope that ultimately, my research will in some way help us identify ways of improving patient care. After the clinical PhD programme my aim is to become a clinician scientist. I'd love to continue to interact and collaborate with researchers at the Crick, if given the opportunity. Who wouldn't?