James Wagstaff, a PhD student in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has completed a three-month policy internship with the HM Courts & Tribunals Service as part of the RCUK Policy Internships Scheme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LMB scientists showcased their research and the excitement of science with a family-friendly hands-on activity, a fascinating talk and a music-meets-science event at the LMB – all part of the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.
The LMB atrium was filled with music during STEM in Song as the Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College performed songs featuring microbes, the scientific pioneer Margaret Cavendish and the chemical for DDT.
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.
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.