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Hundreds of children and adults enjoy the LMB’s ‘See Your Cells’ activity at the Cambridge Science Festival

Stereomicroscope Challenge

The first weekend of the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival saw over 3000 visitors attend the ‘Hands-on at the Guildhall’ event, where the LMB’s ‘See Your Cells’ activity proved hugely popular. Mathias Pasche and his team of 25 enthusiastic volunteers gave visitors the unique opportunity to see their own cells, by simply taking a cheek swab, staining the sample and viewing it down a microscope.

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LMB PhD student takes her research to Parliament

Cara Ellison with Ed Vaizey, MP, Photo by John Deehan Photography Ltd

Cara Ellison, a PhD student in Felix Randow’s group in the LMB’s PNAC Division, attended Parliament to present her research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 13 March.
Cara was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

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2017 Milstein Lecture to be given by Thomas Südhof

Professor Thomas Südhof

Professor Thomas Südhof will give the 2017 Milstein Lecture on Thursday 9th February 2017 at 4pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission”, is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Thomas is Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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LMB welcomes new group leaders: John Briggs and Julian Gough

John Briggs and Julian Gough

The LMB is delighted to announce the recent arrival of two new group leaders in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division: John Briggs and Julian Gough.
John Briggs
John’s group studies the structures of cellular trafficking vesicles and of enveloped viruses, aiming to uncover the mechanisms that underlie their assembly and disassembly. Cellular vesicles are used to transport cargo between locations in the cell.

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Phoebe Dent completes her apprenticeship in the LMB’s HR team

phoebe dent

Phoebe Dent joined the LMB at the age of 16 as an HR Assistant Apprentice and has just completed her apprenticeship in Business Administration with Cambridge Regional College. Phoebe came to the LMB having completed AS levels in business studies, physical education and geography at Downham Market Sixth Form and had worked in her family’s farm business.

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Manu Hegde receives Feldberg Foundation Prize

Manu Hegde

Manu Hegde, Group Leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been awarded the 2018 Feldberg Foundation Prize for Anglo-German scientific exchange.
Research in Manu’s lab is focused on membrane protein biosynthesis and quality control pathways that maintain cellular protein homeostasis. Manu discovered a widely conserved pathway for the post-translational targeting and insertion of tail-anchored membrane proteins, and contributed to its mechanistic dissection.

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LMB raises over £1500 for The British Heart Foundation

Hugh Pelham presents large cheque to BHF’s Nigel Cole

Over £1500 has been raised by LMB staff for The British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the annual charity Christmas raffle. The BHF was chosen in memory of Linda Burr, a member of the Biological Services Group, who tragically died earlier in 2016.
The BHF was founded in 1961 to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

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Community apple tree project at the LMB

Apples

The LMB has recently joined an innovative apple tree project with the planting of 12 apple trees around the LMB building. The project, called the Cambridge Community Collection, aims to plant apple trees of every variety from within the UK in a range of locations south of Cambridge City centre.
The project is the idea of artist Neville Gabie, who was appointed by Cambridge City Council in December 2012 to develop a project around routes and connectivity for the South Cambridge area.

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Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service run training exercise at LMB

Fire training exercise

The LMB and Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service recently held a joint training exercise, involving six teams from across the region, a silver command unit and a HMEPO (Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection Officer).
The collaboration was initiated after members of the local Fire Authority visited the LMB on a routine visit. They were hugely impressed with the building, and its potential to be used in training exercises.

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UTCC students have hands-on EM experience at the LMB

MRC LMB UTC EM Demo1

The LMB has continued its collaboration with the University Technical College Cambridge (UTCC), with students visiting as part of their microscopy challenge project. 16 A-Level students, who study microscopy as part of their biology course, spent an afternoon at the LMB, broadening their knowledge of electron microscopes (EM). After a fascinating introduction by the EM team, the students were able to operate the smaller EMs to view negatively stained adenovirus particles.

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