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Melina Schuh awarded the EMBO Gold Medal

Melina Schuh

Melina Schuh, at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and former group leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been awarded the EMBO Gold Medal.
The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to scientists under the age of forty for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

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Lori Passmore and Felix Randow elected to EMBO membership

Lori Passmore, group leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, and Felix Randow, group leader in the LMB’s PNAC Division, have been newly elected as members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
Founded in 1964 to promote molecular biology in Europe, EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions.

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Lalita Ramakrishnan elected to prestigious fellowships

Lalita Ramakrishnan

Lalita Ramakrishnan, group leader in the University of Cambridge Molecular Immunity Unit, which is housed at the LMB, has been elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and to The Royal Society.
The Academy of Medical Sciences represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.

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Bill Schafer elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Bill Schafer

Bill Schafer, group leader in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, has been elected into the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Academy represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.

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Graeme Mitchison (1944-2018)

Graeme Mitchison, a scientist with exceptionally wide-ranging interests and a very sharp and logical mind, died on 13 April.  He had a long association with the LMB, going back to the late 1960s, and worked as that rare individual, a true theoretical biologist, in a number of scientific areas.
Graeme joined the LMB’s Cell Biology Division in 1969, following his PhD in pure mathematics.

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Sjors Scheres is awarded the Bijvoet Medal

Sjors Scheres, Group Leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been awarded the Bijvoet Medal for his outstanding contribution to furthering the field of structural biology. Sjors is the youngest ever recipient of the Medal since its inception in 1989, and is the first recipient who was trained at the Bijvoet Centre – the institute at which Sjors completed his PhD.

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John Kendrew Lecture to be given by Jacques Dubochet

Jacques Dubochet

Jacques Dubochet will give the 2018 John Kendrew Lecture on Thursday 26th April at 4.00pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre.  The title of the lecture is ‘Electron cryo-microscopy: 45 years of science and society’.  The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Since the late 1960’s, Jacques interest has been in the electron microscopy (EM) study of DNA, and the development of EM techniques.

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From Backbench to Lab Bench: LMB welcomes visitors from Westminster

Reflecting on her time in Westminster, Nicola said:
“I really enjoyed the Pairing Scheme and would highly recommend it to others – it’s a really fast way of getting a flavour for science policy making. After seeing first-hand how hard civil servants and MPs work, I appreciate how complex running the country is, and realise how little I knew about the processes involved in passing laws.

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Ana Casañal awarded Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award.

Ana Casañal from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division has been awarded the prestigious Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award 2019 for Genes.
The Biochemical Society exists for the advancement of the molecular and cellular biology, both as an academic discipline and to promote its significance on areas of science including biotechnology, agriculture, and medicine. It is the largest UK discipline-based learned society in the biosciences with over 6500 members.

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