Karolina Chocian



University of Manchester (2007-2011), International Baccalaureate School no 0704 in Gdynia, Poland (2004-2007)


B.Sc (Hons) in Genetics

Work History:

University of Manchester (visiting scientist), AstraZeneca – Genetic Toxicology

Current Job:

PhD student, Wellcome Trust Programme in Chromosome and Developmental Biology


University of Oxford

Me and my work

I look at worms that are getting old, a lot.

I am working in Alison Woollard lab. My research interest lies particularly in the relationship between ageing and epigenetics.

Epigenetics is the part of science that tells us about heritable information that is NOT the DNA sequence- but the modifications of the DNA and proteins that are associated with the DNA. Those modifications cause changes to structure of DNA, for example makes it more open or closed.

I am investigating changes to genes that are responsible for chromatin structure and their relationship with increased healthspan and lifespan of a nematode worm C.elegans.

My Typical Day

There is no typical day really, I tend to go where my research takes me ;)

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

open, friendly, crazy.

What living thing amazes you the most?

Essentially all the things. Sometimes I sit there, looking at my fingers that just move because I want them to and feel astonished by that :)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

bungee jump off a 50m bridge

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

not much, I was a good kid, I had no idea I could get away with some things :)

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

I would try to make it into national sailing team.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I went to many conferences in cool places and met amazing people from all over the world.

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

My chemistry teacher in secondary school/high school. She changed the way I was thinking and made me realise I can be good at things like that.

What would your superpower be?

teleportation :)

If I could change one thing about the world...

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

the biggest applause the worm ever got. We had some trouble with filming my mutant worms (the ones that lived longer) as they seemed to have stage fright and didn’t want to move. When I eventually got it right the worm got a massive wave of applause – probably the biggest one a worm ever got :)

The most Fantastic thing about Life is:

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