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Senior Promotions 2018

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Portico

Congratulations to all colleagues whose achievements have been recognised in the most recent round of Senior Promotions. This year has been exceptional in terms of the number of applications received and successful promotions. We proudly present a list of Divisional promotees:

Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment

Congratulations to Dr Eloi Camprubi

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Professor Nick Lane and Dr Eloi Camprubi

Please join us in congratulating Dr Eloi Camprubi, who last week completed his PhD thesis on “The beginnings of proto-metabolism at the origin of life in alkaline hydrothermal vents”.

New study co-authored by Professor Mark Thomas sheds new light on Homo sapiens evolution

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Biface from Blombos Cave, South Africa

The research, published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, argues that human ancestors did evolve in Africa but were scattered across continent, largely kept apart by a combination of diverse habitats and shifting environmental boundaries, such as forests and deserts.

Article co-authored by Matilda Katan highlights the importance of embracing virtual reality by the higher education community

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Virtual reality

Authors of the article published in the Times Higher Education in May argue that failure to engage by universities with immersive technologies presents a wasted opportunity. These innovations have the potential to enhance interactions with external stakeholders and alumni and can be employed to aid greater research and education integration.

Dr Francesca Cacucci receives prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator award

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Congratulations to Dr Francesca Cacucci who has just secured a 5-year prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator award. Her research will investigate how hippocampal spatial responses develop in the rat, and what are the relative roles of experience-dependent and independent processes in building cognitive maps.

Congratulations to Dr Arantza Barrios for her new Leverhulme Trust award

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We are pleased to report that Arantza Barrios was recently awarded a Leverhulme Trust Project Grant of £192,000 for 3 years to investigate the influence of biological sex on learned odour preferences.
Congratulations!

Faculty of Life Sciences Anne McLaren lecture 2018

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Professor Dame Carol Robinson

The JZ Young lecture theatre was packed full of staff, students and FLS alumni for this year’s Faculty of Life Sciences Anne McLaren lecture on 28 June.

Congratulations to Professor Andres Ramos for his new MRC Program grant

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Professor Andres Ramos (research profile) has been awarded an MRC Program grant entitled: 'Molecular mechanisms regulating mRNA transport and local translation in neurons'.
The research will investigate the crucial role played by RNA binding proteins in the regulation of the transport and translation of mRNAs in dendritic and axonal locations. The regulation of mRNA translation in space and time creates distinct local biochemical environments in the cell, which are essential in mediating inter-neuronal communication and establishing neuronal networks. This MRC programme is a collaboration between groups at ISMB, the UCL Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, the Francis Crick Institute, the UCL Institute of Neurology and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The grant will run from 2018 to 2023.

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