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Congratulations to Dr Adam Britton

Please join us in congratulating Dr Adam Britton (Dr Julia Day lab) who successfully passed his viva on 5 November. His thesis “Assessing human impacts on Lake Tanganyika cichlid fish communities” was examined by Professor Martin Genner from University of Bristol, an expert in the evolution and ecology of cichlid fishes, and Dr Alex Pigot, GEE a Royal Society Research Fellow.
Adam is now working as a marine scientist for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). We wish him every success in his future career.

Published: Nov 9, 2018 4:22:42 PM

The Flux Capacitor – working with mismatched mitochondria

Professor Nick Lane (Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment) is spearheading research to understand how fundamental cell processes involving mitochondria affect fertility, health, response to drugs and diet, and lifespan.

Published: Nov 8, 2018 9:25:11 AM

NPP's Leonor Gonçalves nominated for the STEM Trailblazer of the Year Baton Award

Leonor Gonçalves is a STEM trailblazer who went to Oregon Health and Science University (USA) as a trainee where she learned brain electrophysiology in just one year. In 2009 she gained her PhD in Neurobiology from University of Minho and University of Helsinki (Finland). She has been a Postdoctoral Associate Researcher since 2009 at University College London (UCL; UK) where she researches brain plasticity associated with chronic pain.
The Baton Awards is the platform for recognising BAME women in Britain. The awards will celebrate BAME women of past, present and future by acknowledging Britain’s BAME pathfinders and inspiring future pioneers across diverse sectors.

Published: Nov 6, 2018 1:49:22 PM

Biosciences student receives the Microbiology Society Undergraduate Prize

Congratulations to UCL Biosciences student Joe Phillips on being awarded the Microbiology Society Undergraduate Prize for outstanding academic achievement. Joe was nominated by Professor Saul Purton and the award presented by Professor Jo Santini (Lead of the Microbiology@UCL Domain).

Published: Oct 30, 2018 10:28:12 AM

New cell movement process key to understanding facial malformations published in Science

The embryonic stem cells that form facial features, called neural crest cells, use an unexpected mechanism of moving from the back of the head to the front to populate the face, finds a new UCL-led study.
The researchers say their findings could help understand how facial defects form, bringing scientists one step closer to repairing craniofacial malformations in the embryo.

Published: Oct 19, 2018 2:03:23 PM