60 seconds with Alice Davage and Alicia Nunez-Segovia

Date published: Jul 12 2017

Alice Davage and Alicia Nunez-Segovia have both recently joined the NCRI as interns. We asked them about the projects they’ll be involved with and what they hope to get from their time at the NCRI.

Alice Davage






What do you do when you’re not working with the NCRI?

I’m about to go into the third year of my BSc Biology degree at Imperial. Next year I’ll hopefully get to complete microbiology, neuroscience and cell biology courses based on current research being carried out in the Life Sciences department, which should be fascinating.

What will you be working on when you’re here?

My main project is to produce a series of documents that map the annual data submission to the Cancer Research Database from data collection to data analysis and visualisation. The database infrastructure has recently been updated. Therefore, this mapping will help explain the whole data cycle and provide a platform for increasing efficiency and future development.

What attracted you to doing an internship with the NCRI?

I thought it would be valuable to gain experience within the research community in order to learn about how cancer research is coordinated across the UK and how discoveries made in the lab translate into action.

With the end of my degree in sight I also wanted to investigate whether I enjoy working within the health charity sector and see if the working environment suits me (so far so good).

Lots of cutting-edge research is happening in cancer biology at the moment and therefore I recently wrote a dissertation on the link between the microbiome and colorectal cancer. Interning with the NCRI is a great opportunity to put my theoretical knowledge to use.

What do you hope to learn while you’re here?

In the two weeks I have been here I have essentially had a crash-course on databases and I plan to learn more about the use of the Cancer Research Database and its impact soon. I will also get to grasp with some Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and familiarise myself with data visualisation software, such as Tableau.


Alicia Nunez-Segovia






What do you do when you’re not working with the NCRI?

I am finishing up my masters in Health Psychology at UCL, so I am currently super busy working on my dissertation, which looks at emotional overeating and diet in children.

I am also an intern at Cancer Research UK, where I work as part of the Health Evaluation and Research team.

When I am not working, I am usually out exploring London and dancing salsa.

What will you be working on when you’re here?

I will be working with Dr Ian Lewis to collect and collate the experiences of the members of the NCRI Consumer Forum (comprised of people affected by cancer). This project will involve implementing an online survey and chatting with Consumers about their experiences.

I will also be working with Dr Feng Li to scope current funding opportunities for living with and beyond cancer research in the UK.

What attracted you to doing an internship with the NCRI?

Two years ago I had the opportunity to volunteer at an oncology hospital. Since then, cancer research (particularly the psychosocial and behavioural aspects of it) has always been a huge interest of mine. I’ve been working at Cancer Research UK for a couple of months now, and I love it, so I wanted to get more involved. What attracted me the most to the NCRI is the fact that it encourages collaboration across different funders, which I think is a brilliant way of maximising the impact of cancer research. I am thrilled to be part of such an inspiring organization!

What are you most looking forward to in your time here?

I am very much looking forward to attending the Consumer Forum meeting and talking to Consumer members of the NCRI Clinical Studies Groups about their experiences. I am also looking forward to applying what I’ve learned about health psychology to my projects at the NCRI. Most importantly, I am hoping that my work here will help the NCRI make a difference.