LMB Alumni News

From its earliest days the LMB has attracted and trained first class scientists from around the world – creating a diverse community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation. The LMB provides excellent opportunities for early career and established researchers – people with the potential to lead their field. A high percentage of LMB students and post-docs stay in research or science related fields after they leave the LMB. The LMB supports the wider scientific community by supplying highly trained scientific leaders. They leave the LMB to develop and support molecular biology both in the UK and throughout the world.

Maria Leptin welcomed as Leopoldina member

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Maria Leptin, LMB 1984-1988, Postdoctoral Visitor & Scientific Staff, Cell Biology

The German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, has welcomed EMBO Director Maria Leptin as one of its members. Election to the Leopoldina membership is the highest academic honour awarded by an institution in Germany and it is bestowed on scientists who are experts in their fields. More


Wojciech Galej receives Early Career Research Award from the Biochemical Society

Wojciech Galej, LMB 2009-2016, PhD student & Scientific Staff, Structural Studies

Wojciech Galej has been awarded the 2018 Early Career Research Award for Molecular Structure and Function by the Biochemical Society. Wojciech has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of the molecular mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing through his structural analysis of the spliceosome and its components using X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. More…


LMB alumnus, Jonathan Hodgkin, wins Novitski Prize

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Jonathan Hodgkin, LMB 1971-1974 & 1976-2000, PhD student & Group Leader, Cell Biology

Professor Jonathan Hodgkin has been awarded the prestigious Edward Novitski prize for 2017 by the Genetics Society of America, in recognition of his “extraordinary creativity and intellectual ingenuity in solving significant problems in genetics research”. During his time at the LMB, Jonathan undertook pioneering work in the field of C. elegans genetics. More…


Alison Woollard is guest on BBC Radio 4, ‘The Life Scientific’

Alison Woollard, LMB 1996-2000, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell Biology

Professor Alison Woollard, from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, is this week’s guest on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific’. Alison explains her enthusiasm for the tiny nematode worm, C. elegans, and talks fondly of her time at the LMB. More…


Alison Woollard appointed Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research at Oxford

Alison Woollard, LMB 1996-2000, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell Biology 

Professor Alison Woollard, Department of Biochemistry and Fellow of Hertford College, has been appointed as the University of Oxford’s next Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research. More…


Creating a genomic map of the immune response – Sarah Teichmann


Sarah Teichmann, LMB 1996-1999 & 2001-2013, PhD student & programme leader, Structural Studies Division

Dr Sarah Teichmann, Head of Cellular Genetics of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Dr Jacqui Shields, from the MRC Cancer Unit in Cambridge, have teamed up to make the most of their complementary skills in immunology and cancer research. Using funding from our Cancer Immunology Project Award, they are focusing on the ‘million dollar question’ often posed by the medical and scientific community: why does the immune system sometimes fail to act against tumour development? Here Sarah describes their project. More…


Cell scientist to watch – Sabine Petry

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Sabine Petry, LMB 2003-2007, PhD Student, Structural Studies

Originally from Germany, Sabine received her Diploma (MSc) from Goethe University and undertook her Master’s thesis at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics. She then moved to the UK to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Venki Ramakrishnan at the MRC LMB. In 2008, Sabine started her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Ron Vale at the University of California, San Francisco as an EMBO fellow and then an HHMI postdoctoral fellow of the Life Science Research Foundation. She started her own lab at Princeton University in 2013. Sabine’s research combines structural, biophysical, biochemical and cell biology methods to study the mechanism by which microtubules build cellular structures, allowing cells to attain a particular shape and function. More…


Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine awarded to Professor Jonathan Karn

Jonathan Karn, LMB 1976-2002, Postdoctoral staff and group leader, Cell Biology and PNAC

Professor Jonathan Karn has been awarded the 2016 Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine by the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia for work on both how HIV multiplies and how it persists in the body despite powerful therapy. More…


Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 awarded to Professor Terry Rabbitts

Terry Rabbitts, LMB 1973-2006, Group Leader & Division Head, PNAC

Professor Terry Rabbitts has been awarded the inaugural Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 for discoveries on human antibody genes leading to therapeutic antibodies, and discoveries on chromosomal translocations in cancer leading to novel therapeutic approaches. More…


LMB CamAWiSE annual ‘What next for your career in science’ event

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Hayley Sharpe, LMB 2006-2011, PhD Student, Cell Biology

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.