UCL Division of Biosciences


October research roundup

2 November 2020

Biosciences papers published and grants awarded in October

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Papers published

An immobilization technique for long-term time-lapse imaging of explanted Drosophila tissues, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, Fernandes and Amoyel labs (CDB)

Tooth replacement in Manidens condorensis: baseline study to address the replacement pattern in dentitions of early ornithischians, Papers in Palaeontology, Laura Porro (CDB)

Avian Diversity: Speciation, Macroevolution, and Ecological Function, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, Alex Pigot (GEE)

Projecting the continental accumulation of alien species through to 2050, Global Change Biology, Tim Blackburn (GEE)

A review of spatial patterns across species ranges to aid the targeting of conservation interventions, Biological Conservation, Richard Gregory (GEE)

Global gaps in trait data for terrestrial vertebrates, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Adrienne Etard, Sophie Morrill, Tim Newbold (GEE)

Applying a values‐based decision process to facilitate comanagement of threatened species in Aotearoa New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Thalassa McMurdo Hamilton (GEE)

GalliForm, a database of Galliformes occurrence records from the Indo-Malay and Palaearctic, 1800–2008, Scientific Data, Elizabeth Boakes, Georgina Mace (GEE)

Listening in to the cell, Bioelectricity, Jonathan Ashmore (NPP)

The emerging spectrum of COVID-19 neurology: clinical, radiological and laboratory findingsBrain, David Attwell (NPP)

Mammalian PITPs at the Golgi and ER-Golgi Membrane Contact Sites, Contact, Shamshad Cockcroft (NPP)

Astrocytes regulate brain extracellular pH via a neuronal activity-dependent bicarbonate shuttle, Nature Communications, Alex Gourine (NPP)

Strategies for cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator inhibition: from molecular mechanisms to treatment for secretory diarrhoeas, FEBS Letters, Paola Vergani (NPP)


Grants awarded

David Attwell & Felipe Freitas (NPP) have been awarded £151K from the Rosetrees Trust for their research into preventing post-ischaemic loss of blood flow in the kidney.

Tom Wills (CDB) has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust for a programme of research titled 'The development of neural circuits for episodic and general memories'

Maria Secrier (GEE) has been awarded a £1.2M UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to investigate the role that tumour dormancy plays in the acquired resistance to various cancer therapies.

Nick Lane and eight colleagues in GEE, Biosciences and across UCL have been awarded a £3 million strategic Long and Large (sLoLa) grant from the BBSRC for their research on the Origins of Biology: how energy flow structures metabolism and heredity at the origin of life.