The LMB has yet again shown how committed its staff are to cycling by coming third in the Travel for Cambridgeshire Summer Cycle Challenge. The Challenge ran from 1st – 28th June 2015 and gave cyclists the opportunity to log their rides over a 4-week period to compete individually, and in teams, against friends and colleagues. The aim of the challenge was to encourage people to take to their bikes and discover the joys and benefits of cycling.
A new online exhibition, sponsored by the MRC, explores the work and legacy of double Nobel Laureate, Fred Sanger. From his early work on sequencing proteins to his pioneering technique for sequencing nucleic acids, Fred’s work led to groundbreaking discoveries and opened up a whole new world for medical research and treatment.
The LMB is delighted to announce the recent arrival of two new group leaders in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division: Madeline Lancaster and Liz Miller.
Madeline’s research is in the area of human brain development. Human brain development exhibits a number of unique characteristics, such as dramatic size expansion, unique cell types, and distinct neural stem cell behaviours.
Nearly 30 LMB staff have shown off their creativity at the annual LMB Art Exhibition, an opportunity for staff to showcase their varied artistic talents. The display was organised for the 4th year by Brian Saltmarsh, from the LMB’s Laboratory Services Section.
The display, in the atrium of the building, featured work across a wide range of different media: intricate needlework and textiles, striking jewellery and copper work, highly detailed drawings, vibrant paintings, sculpture and pottery.
Madan Babu Mohan, group leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been awarded the Royal Society Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2016. The medal was awarded for his major and widespread contributions to computational biology.
Many human diseases develop when regulatory processes fail. Madan’s research aims to decipher the basis for this.
The annual Eastern Region Crystal Growing Competition for Schools has been hosted at the LMB since 1998. The competition, designed to inspire children with a love of science, invites school pupils to grow crystals of potash alum over a five-week period. The pupils then send their best crystals to the LMB for judging.
This year, forty schools from all over the east of England entered the competition.
The LMB and CambridgeAWiSE recently held their 9th annual ‘What next in your career’ event at the LMB. Three recent LMB alumni returned to discuss their respective career experiences. The networking event welcomed nearly 70 early career researchers from all over Cambridge to hear about these different career opportunities.
The LMB is delighted to congratulate Megan Davies on being awarded the MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Megan has been the Head of the Medical Research Council Centre, Cambridge since 1996, providing administrative, infrastructure and strategic support and guidance to all the MRC Units in the Cambridge region. In this role, she oversaw a significant increase in research activity, being actively involved in the creation of four new units, and helping the new Directors get started.
Two LMB group leaders, Simon Bullock from the Cell Biology Division and Philipp Holliger from the PNAC Division, have been named in the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) list of new members announced on the 20th of May.
EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions. The organisation promotes excellence in life sciences by supporting talented researchers, and stimulating exchange of scientific information.
KJ Patel, group leader in the LMB’s PNAC Division, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his outstanding research on DNA repair and chromosome breakage. The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
KJ is working on the molecular basis of inherited genomic instability and the role it plays in the biology of stem cells.