News and Events
SLMS Photography Competition: Photosynthesis
Publication date: 13 March 2014
UCL Biosciences Module Fair 2014
Publication date: 5 March 2014
Weekly Neighbourhood meetings for Anatomy and MedSci & LMCB Building refurbishments
Publication date: 5 March 2014
On Tuesday 25 February, Parsons Brinckerhoff and UCL Estates presented the second of weekly Neighbourhood Meetings for the Anatomy refurbishments (ground and first floor). The slides and Logan contact details presented at this meeting are available below:
Obituary: Prof Bastien Gomperts
Publication date: 13 November 2013
Professor Bastien Gomperts (1936-2013), who died on the13th October after a short period of ill health, spent almost his entire career at UCL. Starting with a BSc in Chemistry in 1960 he went on to obtain his PhD at UCH Medical School. Following a brief visit to the US in 1968-69 he joined the Department of Experimental Pathology, which later merged with the Physiology Department where he remained until retirement. In the course of his research, he made major contributions to the understanding of cell signalling mechanisms, in particular in the regulation of exocytotic secretion in cells of the immune system, with particular emphasis on mast cells, where he demonstrated roles for calcium and GTP-binding proteins. He achieved wide recognition for this work which has led to many further studies. He was also a memorable teacher and the author of two textbooks. In person, he had an active family life and wide-ranging interests in music, photography and the visual arts. After his retirement he took up cabinet-making, creating elegant furniture and beautiful boxes. He is survived by his wife, Zerin, daughters Natasha and Miranda, and five grandchildren.
New Director of Division appointed
Publication date: 22 October 2013
Faculty Research Day, 17 Sept 2013
Publication date: 12 September 2013
Staff and colleagues are encouraged to attend this interesting day.
For full programme and registration details, visit Eventbrite
Prof Gabriel Waksman elected to German Academy of Sciences
Publication date: 15 August 2013
Professor Gabriel Waksman, Head of the ISMB, has been elected to the German National Academy of Sciences or Leopoldina. His election is in recognition of his research into the structural and molecular biology of secretion systems in bacteria. These systems determine bacteria survival, adaptation and evolution, making them ideal targets for developing new antibiotics. Election to the Leopoldina, the oldest continuously existing academy of medicine and the natural sciences in the world, is the highest academic honour awarded by a German institution. Its membership of 1,400 distinguished scholars is drawn from 30 countries and past members have included such eminent scientists as Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Max Planck.
Senior Academic and Research Promotions
Publication date: 7 August 2013
The Division of Biosciences is pleased to announce the following promotions:
Appointment of new Faculty Tutor
Publication date: 23 July 2013
Dr Hazel Smith has been
appointed as new Faculty Tutor for the Faculty of Life Sciences. From
1st September Hazel will work with our current tutor, Dr Hilary
Richards, until Hilary’s retirement in September 2014. For the next year
Hazel will also continue to support teaching in GEE.
We wish Hazel every success in her new role.
Two places available on the CPD course Lab Techniques in Mammalian Cell Biology
Publication date: 3 July 2013
There are two places available on the CPD course Lab Techniques in Mammalian Cell Biology due to late cancellations.
Provost opens new JBS Haldane Student Hub in Anatomy Building
Publication date: 2 July 2013
Cycling Ambassador Bike Days in July
Publication date: 25 June 2013
Will we ever be able to escape the diseases of old age?
Publication date: 3 June 2013
Prof Dame Linda Partridge talks to Jim Al-Khalili, presenter of BBC Radio 4 Life Scientific Programme about the diseases of old age?
Alumni Event at London Zoo
Publication date: 23 May 2013
Last Thursday saw the first Life Sciences alumni event which took place in London Zoo. This will hopefully be the first of many. So if you are an alumni of Life Sciences and would like to go to events like this, please contact email@example.com
Employability skills video
Publication date: 8 May 2013
Dr Suzanne Ruddy made a video for the recent CALT conference on “Embedding Employability skills in the Curriculum”. Link to view the video
Professor Bill Richardson elected Fellow of the Royal Society
Publication date: 8 May 2013
Warmest congratulations go to Professor Bill Richardson upon his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Green Impact Award for Biosciences (Darwin Building)
Publication date: 25 April 2013
We are delighted to announce that the 'Green-Darwin' Green
Impact Team has won two Bronze Awards which were presented by the Provost at an
Awards Ceremony held on 24 April. The team secured a Green Impact
Bronze Award and Giovanna Vinti secured a Green Darwin Labs Award. The team
even got mentioned in the Provost’s news letter from 29 April!
These achievements form part of the efforts of the wider UCL community in pressing forward the green agenda. Awards went to teams across UCL for work that included putting up awareness-raising notices and posters encouraging people to switch off lights and equipment when not needed, potentially saving 7,038kg CO2 per year; and likewise to print and photocopy double-sided, potentially saving 108,594kg CO2 and £40,220 on resource costs this year across the institution.
Winners announced in Biosciences Poster Competition
Publication date: 17 April 2013
Obituary: Professor David Wilkie, born 6th August 1923, died 3rd March 2013
Publication date: 5 April 2013
My colleague David Wilkie who died recently at the age of 89 was an extraordinary and endearing character. As an undergraduate at Glasgow University he played football for Queens Park, then an amateur club in the professional Scottish league, having previously represented Scotland as a schoolboy. David's studies were interrupted in 1942 when, at the age of just 19, he volunteered for service in the RAF.
The Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture at The Young Embryologist Meeting, 31 May 2013
Publication date: 18 March 2013
5th Young Embryologist Meeting (YEM:2013)
Don't miss the Biosciences Module Fair - Wednesday 20th March
Publication date: 13 March 2013
The annual Biosciences Module Fair takes place next Wednesday in the old refectory. See the flyer below for more details. For enquiries contact Josephine Mcnally.
Animal model of human evolution indicates thick hair mutation emerged 30,000 years ago
Publication date: 18 February 2013
“Thicker hair, tooth shape, more sweat glands … could have increased fitness, but for quite different reasons,” said Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment). Read: UCL News
Publication date: 15 February 2013
Congratulations to Hazel Smith, Andrea Townsend-Nicholson and Suzanne Ruddy on being awarded SLMS Innovation grants. The grants will be used to implement an exciting Chemistry module for Biological Science students; develop interactive online tutorials for Bioscience students and strengthen links with Yale and to produce films that showcase research laboratories to our undergraduate students.
Walking with Gosse
Publication date: 13 February 2013
UCL Emeritus Professor Roger Wotton (Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment) was recently interviewed regarding his new book called 'Walking with Gosse: Natural History, Creation and Religious Conflicts'. Philip Henry Gosse was a famous naturalist and science populariser in the 20th Century and is now known as his era’s answer to David Attenborough. Professor Wotton tells us why Gosse was such a fascinating character.