School of Engineering postgraduate student, Mary Finnegan, was invited by Diamond Light Source to be a key part of their recent 10th Anniversary Celebrations.
Local dignitaries, representatives from museums and art galleries, and primary school children were taken inside Diamond’s silver doughnut shaped building. Within it is a machine, known as a synchrotron, which generates incredibly bright light from infra-red to X-rays and is used by thousands of scientists every year to study all kinds of materials.
Miss Finnegan, a third-year research student, spent time talking to visitors about her research, as well as school children (see photo) who will be working on a project with Diamond. She has jointly published papers on trace metals research, and undertakes seminars and teaching within the School.
Mary works under Dr. Joanna Collingwood in the Trace Metals in Medicine Lab in the School, where research focuses particularly on diagnosis of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. As part of this work, experiments are undertaken at the Oxfordshire-based synchrotron facility, utilising its advanced x-ray facilities on brain tissue samples.