Clinical PhD Student

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Cora Olpe grew up near Basel in Switzerland. In high school she won a Bronze medal at the International Biology Olympiad 2010 in South Korea. She then read Natural Sciences with a focus on biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK, graduating with an MSci. She is currently in the final year of her PhD as part of the Wellcome Trust 1+3 Stem Cell Biology and Medicine programme.

Cora is fascinated by how ageing and lifestyle influence an individual’s cancer risk. She is currently investigating the ways in which somatic mutations can achieve different levels of mutant allele burden in the intestine of older humans. This involves studying both intra- as well as inter-crypt dynamics. At the same time, Cora is also investigating the impact of high fat diet on mouse intestinal stem cell dynamics.

Work address: 
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute University of Cambridge Li Ka Shing Centre Robinson Way Cambridge CB2 0RE