LMB scientists have been working with Year 11 students (aged 15-16) from the neighbouring Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology (Cam-AST) on an eight week Challenge Project: ‘Getting a taste for science’.
John Sulston, Nobel Laureate and pioneering scientist on the techniques for mapping of genomes, died on Tuesday 6th March, at the age of 75, after a short illness. He was instrumental in determining the first genome of an animal, the nematode worm, C. elegans and went on to lead the UK team of the International Human Genome Project. He was a much admired and influential researcher at the LMB and beyond.
John was born on 27th March 1942 in Cambridge, England.
Michel Goedert from the LMB’s Neurobiology Division has been awarded the 2018 Brain Prize. Michel shares the award with fellow neuroscientists Bart De Strooper, Christian Haass and John Hardy “for their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease”.
The research pioneered by the 2018 Brain Prize winners has revolutionised our understanding of the changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer´s disease and related types of dementias.
Erin O’Shea will give the 2017 Max Perutz Lecture on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 11.00am in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the LMB. The lecture entitled “On clocks and tuners: cyanobacterial strategies to thrive in a dynamic environment” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Erin is currently the President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is developing a research program at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus.
Jan Löwe has been announced as the new Director of the LMB. He is currently the Joint Head of the LMB’s Structural Studies Division and Deputy Director of the Lab.
Jan joined the LMB in 1996, as an EMBO Long-Term Fellow and became a Group Leader in 1998. His group focuses on the structure and function of key proteins in the cytoskeleton of bacteria and archaea, using tools of modern cell and structural biology.
Members of the Committee on Exiting the EU visited the LMB to hold a roundtable discussion with local representatives from science, research, health, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors, after a public session held at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. The roundtable was followed by a tour of the LMB for the Committee members, led by Hugh Pelham and Venki Ramakrishnan.
Two LMB group leaders, both from the Structural Studies Division, are honoured by the inaugural Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK. M. Madan Babu is the winner in the Life Sciences category, while John Briggs is one of the two finalists in the same category.
The Blavatnik Awards at The New York Academy of Sciences honour outstanding young scientists under the age of 42.
Xiaowei Zhuang will give the 2017 John Kendrew Lecture on Monday 15th January 2018 at 4.00pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture is ‘Illuminating biology at the nanoscale and systems scale by imaging’. The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Research in Xiaowei’s laboratory is aimed at developing advanced imaging methods and applying them to problems of biomedical interest.