The LMB has continued its winning cycling record by taking first place in its category in the Love to Ride Cambridgeshire event – part of the National Cycle Challenge. LMB were winners of the 200-499 staff category with 49,224 points, with 22% of staff competing. The National Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition that encourages work colleagues to experience first hand the benefits of riding a bike – for commuting, to get fit and for leisure.
LMB group leader, John O’Neill, has been elected into the 2016 EMBO Young Investigator Programme. This prestigious programme recognises some of Europe’s best young scientists and provides academic, practical and financial support to help them realise their potential as group leaders and world-class researchers.
This year 25 Young Investigators have been elected from over 200 applications.
For the second year running, the LMB’s HR team, supported by colleagues across the LMB, showed off their baking skills for the Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, on Friday 30th September. A large table of home made cakes, biscuits and sweets greeted staff on entrance to the LMB’s restaurant.
This year’s showcase was a ‘Spot the Cake’ competition, with staff trying to guess how many spots there were on a decorated cake – there were 495 of them.
Bonnie Bassler will give the 2016 John Kendrew Lecture on Monday 24th October 2016 at 11.00 in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture is ‘Bacterial Quorum Sensing and its Control’. The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Bonnie has made key insights into the mechanism by which bacteria communicate, known as quorum sensing.
Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi will give the 2016 Milstein Lecture on Friday 9th September 2016 at 12 noon in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “Looking back on my 28 years of autophagy research” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Yoshinori is currently Honorary Professor and the leader of the Cell Biology Unit at the Frontier Research Center of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
The LMB Workshops have a long history of training staff and offering apprenticeships to give the next generation of technicians the skills and experience they need in a working environment. Over the past 3 years the LMB has, as part of a Government initiative to provide three million new apprenticeships by 2020, supported two MRC apprentices in the Mechanical and Electronics Workshops.
The LMB and CambridgeAWiSE recently held their 10th annual ‘What next for your career in science’ event at the LMB. Three speakers from diverse scientific industries discussed their respective professional experiences. The networking event welcomed early career researchers from all over Cambridge to hear about these different career opportunities.
The LMB is delighted to announce the arrival of Joseph Yeeles to the LMB’s PNAC Division, to work on mechanisms of chromosome replication. Rapid and accurate chromosome replication is essential for maintaining genome stability. The process poses a major challenge to cells because a huge number of DNA bases must be copied despite the presence of obstacles, such as DNA damage, that can impede the progress of the replication machinery.
LMB Group Leader, Greg Jefferis, has been elected as one of 15 new FENS Kavli Scholars. This prestigious European neuroscience award is sponsored by FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) and the Kavli Foundation.
The first FENS-Kavli Scholars were announced in 2014 and there are now 35 scholars in total. These young, independent European neuroscience investigators have been chosen for their scientific excellence, originality of their research, and promise for the future.
The LMB’s Danielle Mersch and Nicola Smyllie along with other leading female scientists from the region took to their soapboxes on Saturday 2nd July in Cambridge Market Square, to showcase their science to the public.
Danielle, from Greg Jefferis’ group in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, wowed the audience with her talk on ‘Decoding the fly brain’. She explained how she uses flies to find out how neurons are connected, how they communicate and how information flows through a brain.