John retired from research in 1995, but stayed on at the LMB as a ‘retired worker’. In 1997, at the request of Richard Henderson, who had recently taken on the role of LMB Director, John began work on writing a book about the history of the LMB. Richard’s initial idea was for the book to follow what happened to the people and groups who made up the intake into the LMB when it was opened in 1962: a ‘family history’ of the laboratory.
The musical talents of LMB staff and students were on show during the first LMB Musical Soirée, a fun and informal cabaret-style evening of musical entertainment held in the LMB’s atrium. The event was a great success, with around 100 attendees and a variety of inspiring performances full of heartfelt melodic lines and brilliant instrumental textures.
It is no secret that there are many artistic people working in the LMB.
LMB cyclists have ridden to the top of the leader board in this year’s Cycle September Challenge, a fun, free National competition, organised by Love to Ride, to see which workplaces can get the most people riding.
During the month-long challenge, 179 members of the LMB collectively cycled on 3,677 occasions covering a distance of 19,643 miles.
The LMB’s HR team, supported by colleagues at the LMB, once again took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. For the third year in a row, the LMB showcased their baking skills and donated a generous amount of sweet and savoury snacks for everyone to enjoy. This year there was a wide range of treats available, from stollen to orange and poppy seed cake, both of which sold out very quickly.
Richard Henderson from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Richard shares the honour jointly with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”.
A collaborative, multidisciplinary approach is also highly important within the LMB. Recently Michel Goedert worked with Sjors Scheres, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, to determine the atomic structures of Tau filaments. The scientists extracted the filaments from the brain of a patient who had died with Alzheimer’s disease. Using a technique called cryo-electron microscopy the scientists imaged the filaments.
The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Gjønnes Medal in Electron Crystallography has been awarded to Richard Henderson, Group Leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, and Nigel Unwin, LMB Emeritus Group Leader from the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, “for their development and powerful application of structural determination methods for biological complexes at near-atomic resolution using electron crystallography”.
Jack Szostak will give the 2017 Francis Crick Lecture on Thursday 7th September at 4pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication”, is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Jack is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He is also an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The LMB recently hosted eighteen students from the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) for a morning of activities, talks and tours.
The visit began with a talk on the history, organisational structure and current research of the LMB. The students then visited the microscopy suite where they visualised various cell types using super-resolution confocal microscopes and had the opportunity to operate electron microscopes to view virus particles.
The LMB and Cambridge AWiSE recently held their 11th annual “What Next For Your Career in Science?” event in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The three speakers, Monika Papworth, Elizabeth Fairley and Sarah Cumbers, were all LMB alumni, who since leaving the LMB have gone on to be successful in diverse areas. All of them spoke about how they have built on the scientific training they received at the LMB to pursue their careers outside academia.