Passion for biology takes Prestbury teen to Cambridge

A budding scientist, 18-year-old Deanna Mills from Prestbury, is one step closer to her dream career having been offered a place to study Natural Sciences (Biological) at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Studying Biology and Chemistry at one of the best universities in the world has long been a goal of the ambitious Manchester High School for Girls student.Deanna Mills - Prestbury

Deanna has an interest in genetics and is weighing her future career options already. She has worked hard throughout school and achieved a stunning 11.5 A*s at GCSE. Deanna also has a wide range of work experience under her belt having spent time in a cancer laboratory in a hospital in Manitoba, Canada, a stem cell research laboratory at the University of Liverpool as well as at pharmaceutical company, Astra Zeneca.

She explained: “I am really looking forward to the prospect of studying at Cambridge. It is the perfect course for me offering a wide range of research opportunities as well as excellent connections.”

Deanna is currently working on her third Science Crest Award, investigating Moringa oleifera seeds and their ability to purify water.  She plans to study meticulously to achieve the grades she needs in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Literature to secure her place at Cambridge.

She concluded: “I joined Manchester High School for Girls in Year 7, and have been involved with extra-curricular activities such as setting up a new bi-monthly magazine, Biovision, and being the Science Editor of Onward, our school magazine. I also achieved the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver award, an experience which really took me out of my comfort zone. I will miss everyone here but also can’t wait to get started at university! ”












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