Apart from the purely academic studies, this
4-year course (which I joined in Year 2) included Industrial Training
periods, each of six months duration. In 1964, this was with Cyanamid
of Gt. Britain, assisting with development field trials of a range of
agricultural chemicals (notably phorate granular insecticide and cycocel plant growth regulant) in several crops, including wheat, potato, cruciferae, carrot (phorate
became an industry standard in the UK, used in about 40% of the
carrot-growing area), strawberries, hops and blackcurrants. The second
period was with the Medical Research Council Neuropsychiatric Research
Unit, assisting with advanced biochemical investigations of the
metabolism of S35-labelled amino acids in brain tissue. Last
but not least, I carried out a final-year research project into the
effect of insecticides on a cockroach isolated heart preparation.
1963 - 1966. Degree Student, Brunel University. Holder of Major County Award.
Taylor, B. (1966) A method of investigating the effect of insecticides and drugs on the isolated heart of Periplaneta americana. Project Report, Brunel University, 40 pp.
Assisted with bacteriological research, into the spirochaete Genus Leptospira,
by a WHO Reference Laboratory. I had wide-ranging duties, especially
the carrying out of agglutination-lysis tests and the maintenance of
some 80 serotypes, including media preparation. These bacteria are
unusual in having to be observed using dark-ground fluorescence
microscopy. Concurrently I studied part-time for the Higher Endorsed
Certificate in Applied Biology.
1960 - 1963. Laboratory Technician, Wellcome Laboratories of Tropical Medicine, London.
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