UCL staff awarded host of MRC Fellowships

13 May 2009

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded UCL staff a host of prestigious Fellowships.

Dr Antonella Riccio

The MRC awarded Dr Antonella Riccio (MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology) and Dr Josef Kittler (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology) Senior Non-Clinical Fellowships.

Dr Josef Kittler

Dr Riccio is investigating new mechanisms of regulating gene expression in neurons while Dr Kittler is exploring how factors that affect the movement of GABA receptors into the synapse can influence the strength of nerve signals.

Their work will increase understanding of neuronal development and neurological diseases such as epilepsy, addiction, Huntington’s and stroke.

Other recent UCL recipients of MRC Fellowships:

  • Dr R Alonzi (Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research), Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
  • Dr G Winston (Institute of Neurology), Dr C Yeo (Division of Medicine), Dr T Connor (Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics) and Dr B Carpenter (Division of Biosciences), all Clinical Training Fellowships.
  • Dr M Ryten (Institute of Neurology), Bioinformatics Training Fellowship.

Image: top, Dr Antonella Riccio; bottom, Dr Josef Kittler.

 

UCL context

UCL is Europe’s research powerhouse in neuroscience. We are ranked second in the world, and first in Europe, in neuroscience and behaviour by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators, with more than twice as many publications and citations as any other European institution.

The UCL Division of Biosciences is a vibrant and exciting environment for teaching in the biological sciences where research interests span all biological scales from molecules to cells, tissues, organisms and populations.

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