Oscar Atkins

Oscar

Portrait Photo of Oscar Atkins standing outside Crick Lab offices.

Oscar Atkins, 2022 intake Crick doctoral clinical fellow, Dinis Calado’s lab

Prior to starting as a doctoral clinical fellow at the Crick I was working as a haematology registrar in London. I have wanted to do a PhD ever since I was in medical school and had a great experience doing research as part of my intercalated BSc project. 

The learning curve has been very steep, and I enjoy challenging myself and learning new skills. I have access to a lot of expertise and resources to help me with my project.

The Crick offers a excellent programme specifically designed for clinicians to have the opportunity to complete a PhD. 

My supervisor and lab and extremely supportive and the environment is very relaxed and friendly. I am registered with QMUL and my secondary supervisor is based there. 

Training here is enjoyable. The learning curve has been very steep, and I enjoy challenging myself and learning new skills. I have access to a lot of expertise and resources to help me with my project.  

In future I would like to continue to do basic science research alongside my clinical training. The ability to study disease pathogenesis at such a fundamental level is very rewarding and something I hope to continue to have the opportunity to do.