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2014 Francis Crick Lecture to be given by Stephen J. Elledge

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Stephen J. Elledge, Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School will give the 2014 Francis Crick Lecture on Friday 19th September at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre.  The lecture is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Stephen completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University saw him begin to focus on the cell cycle.

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LMB wins Safe, Successful and Sustainable S-Lab Award 2014

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The new LMB building has been announced as joint winner of the 2014 S-Lab award for new research laboratories worldwide.  The award was presented at a gala ceremony in London on September 1st, and was accepted by the LMB Director Hugh Pelham and Steve Holmes who was involved in the construction project.

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Melina Schuh and M. Madan Babu awarded Lister Research Prizes

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The prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize is awarded annually to three or four young researchers in the UK to support and nurture quality research in biomedical or related biological sciences. This year, two of the recipients are LMB group leaders: Melina Schuh, from the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, and M. Madan Babu, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division.
The recipients will deliver their Lister Prize Lectures at the awards ceremony on Friday 5th September 2014.

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Protein Synthesis Technology developed at the LMB licenced for use in drug discovery

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A method for linking proteins together with specific chemical bonds, developed in the LMB’s PNAC Division by Satpal Virdee and Jason Chin, has been licenced by MRC Technology to the global life sciences company Bio-Techne. The company will use the technology to join ubiquitin, or other proteins, to a target protein, enabling both fundamental research into biological regulation and drug discovery.

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John Sutherland awarded the 2014 Royal Society Darwin Medal

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John Sutherland, from the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division, has been awarded the Royal Society’s Darwin Medal. John receives the medal “in recognition of his novel and convincing work on prebiotic chemistry, in particular his solution to the central problem of nucleoside synthesis”.

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Crystal Growing Competition: Winning schools visit the LMB

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Each year, pupils from all over the East of England compete to grow the best crystal of potash alum possible, in the Eastern Region Crystal Growing Competition. This year, during the International Year of Crystallography, the competition was hugely popular, with nearly 80 schools participating in two age groups.
The top prize in Key Stage II went to Laxton Junior School near Peterborough, with Robert Arkenstall Primary School, Haddenham in second place.

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2014 Milstein Lecture to be given by Peter Walter

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Professor Peter Walter will give the 2014 Milstein Lecture on Monday 30 June 2014 at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “Unfolded Protein Response in Health and Disease” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Peter is currently Professor at the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at University of California, San Francisco, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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What next after Academia? Three ways to forge a career away from the bench

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A recent event held at the LMB showed how a PhD in science can lead to various exciting careers outside the lab, including working in Science Policy, Communications and Administration.
The joint LMB-Cambridge AWiSE event, which took place on Wednesday 4th June, attracted a large audience of PhD students and post-docs from around Cambridge to hear speakers Sobia Raza, Katia Smith-Litière and Danielle Hoyle. Each speaker described her current job and the career path taken to reach that point.

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LMB and AstraZeneca announce plan to launch joint research fund

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The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and AstraZeneca are today announcing a plan for a research fund to facilitate collaboration between LMB and AstraZeneca and MedImmune.  The fund will support a range of pre-clinical research projects aimed at better understanding fundamental biology and disease.

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