Sophie Prosolek

PhD Student, Quadram Institute

Twitter: @InfraRedRum



In her research, Sophie explores how naturally occurring chemicals derived from broccoli influence the way our cells use energy. Her work helps us to understand how a broccoli diet might prevent diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Sophie also investigates the role of a specific gene known as PAPOLG, which was identified for the first time to be associated with cells’ energy balance.



“I grew up in a deprived area and didn’t have a good time at my school. I wanted to work really hard to go to University and get a good job, so that I could choose where I lived when I was older. I felt that going into Science was the best way for me to keep my options open, learn a trade and transferable skills and optimise my chances of getting a good job. I also just really wanted to make my parents proud!”


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