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.
Melina Schuh, former Group Leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, will deliver her Lister Prize lecture, “New insights into aneuploidy in human oocytes”, on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 15.00. The lecture takes place in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre and is open to all interested in attending.
This prestigious award is given annually by The Lister Institute to three young researchers in the UK to support quality research in the biomedical or related biological sciences.
The LMB has continued its collaboration with the University Technical College Cambridge (UTCC), with a series of visits, talks and a challenge project to ‘Design a Mouse House’. The UTCC is a regional centre for science education, open to 14-19 year old students with a passion for science.
Earlier in the year, fifty year 12 students visited the LMB to see our electron microscopes (EM) in action.
Ron Vale will give the delayed Max Perutz Lecture 2015 on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 11.00 in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre.
The title of the lecture is ‘Reconstituting T Cell Signalling’. The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Ron is a co-discoverer of kinesins, a large family of microscopic molecular motors vital for several aspects of life including how the heart beats and how cells transport material around internally.
Richard Henderson from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division has been awarded the Royal Society’s most prestigious award, the Copley Medal. This is the world’s oldest scientific prize, first awarded in 1731. Richard has been awarded the prize for his work on imaging techniques that have enabled scientists to understand the arrangements of atoms in important biomolecules.
Madan Babu, Andrew Carter and Melina Schuh have been newly elected as members to the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
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. Madan, Andrew and Melina join more than 1700 of the best researchers from Europe and around the world.