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Congratulations to Dr Lucy Van Dorp

Congratulation to Dr Lucy Van Dorp on the successful defence of her thesis entitled 'Investigating processes driving genetic diversity in human populations using dense haplotypes'

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Mapping movements of alien bird species

The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.

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High-sugar diet programmes a short lifespan in flies

Flies with a history of eating a high sugar diet live shorter lives, even after their diet improves. This is because the unhealthy diet drives long-term reprogramming of gene expression, according to a UCL-led team of researchers
Full story on UCL News Site

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Professor E. B. Robson (1928-2016) former Galton Professor, UCL

Professor E. B. Robson (1928-2016), former Galton Professor, died earlier this year (18 July 2016). We hope to publish an obituary in 2017 and would appreciate recollections from those who knew her. Please contact Professor Sue Povey on s.povey@ucl.ac.uk

(Accompanying image is from Bette’s path-breaking paper with Harry Harris in 1965 (Nature 207, 1257-1259) using gel electrophoresis to uncover alleles of the human alkaline phosphatase gene).

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Congratulations to Dr Arunas Radzvilavicius

Congratulations to Dr Arunas Radzvilavicius on the successful completion of his PhD.  Arunas, jointly supervised by Professor Andrew Pomiankowski and Dr Nick Lane, successfully defended his thesis "Evolutionary Dynamics of Mitochondrial Mutations in the Origin and Development of Eukaryotic Sex" subject to minor corrections.  The examiners were Prof Richard Goldstein (UCL) and Professor Tom Richards (Exeter).

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CDB's Szabadkai team receives Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Award to study mitochondrial subtypes of breast cancer

Gyorgy Szabadkai (UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology) together with Robert Stein (UCLH, UCL Cancer Institute) and Mariia Yuneva (Francis Crick Institute) and Kevin Bryson (UCL Computer Sciences) as CoI, has received a Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Award to develop a mitochondrial gene expression based biomarker to inform on chemosensitivity of luminal breast tumours.

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Developing Next Generation Social Sciences

Alex Stewart along with a scientific team University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton and Indiana University has received an award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and validate reproducible methods for studying human social behavior.

DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that invests in breakthrough technologies to support national security. The award is part of DARPA’s new Next Generation Social Science program, or NGS2, which aims to revolutionize the speed, scale and rigor with which social science is performed.

The grant provides the multi-disciplinary team with $2.95 million for two years, with a possible additional $2.3 million for a subsequent one-and-a-half years, dependent on progress, to further the goals of the NGS2 program, a key one being to develop a deeper understanding of the factors that drive the emergence or collapse of collective identity in human populations.

Researchers:
Alexander Stewart, University College London.
Joshua B. Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania
Erol Akçay, University of Pennsylvania
David Rand, Yale University;
Simon Levin, Princeton University;
Johan Bollen, Indiana University

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GEE welcomes Seirian Sumner, Reader in Behavioural Ecology, CBER, UCL

We are delighted to announce that Seirian Sumner, formally a Senior Lecturer at Bristol,  has joined CBER (the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research) as a Reader in Behavioural Ecology. Seirian’s research seeks to to explore the interface between behavioural ecology, biodiversity and conservation. 

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CBER's Tim Newbold awarded prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Dr Newbold's research seeks to understand how habitat loss and climate change together impact the structure and diversity of ecological communities. Habitat loss and climate change are the biggest threats to biodiversity, but the extent to which they might interact in their impacts on biodiversity remains very poorly understood.

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EMBO Young Investigator Christophe Dessimoz

The EMBO Young Investigator Programme provides support for researchers under forty years of age who have set up their first laboratories in the past four years

Christophe is one of 25 life scientists selected to join the programme this year who join a network of 74 current and 382 past Young Investigators and who represent some of the best young group leaders in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.


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Leverhulme funds to study Phylogenetics of Invasion

The award will support a post-doc in Tim Blackburn’s group, Professor of Invasion Biology, CBER.   The study will seek to untangle evolutionary and human historical contexts in the introduction and spread of alien bird species. 

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Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi awarded a Merit Abstract Award

Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi (UCL) and Dr Tomoki Arichi (KCL) have been awarded a Merit Abstract Award from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping at their annual meeting for their study of spontaneous neuronal activity in prematurity using simultaneous EEG and fMRI.
The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) is the primary international organization dedicated to using neuroimaging to discover the organization of the human brain.

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Dr. Andrew MacAskill awarded the Wellcome-Beit Prize

Congratulations to Dr Andrew MacAskill who has been awarded the Wellcome-Beit Prize of £25,000  for his research ‘Better understanding of affective behaviour through functional dissection of ventral subicular circuitry’. This Prize is given to four outstanding scientists each year in additional recognition of their success in obtaining a Wellcome Trust Fellowship to enable them to develop into independent researchers and leaders in their chosen fields.

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