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The LMB welcomes Marta Zlatic as a new Group Leader

The LMB is delighted to announce the appointment of Marta Zlatic as a Group Leader in the Neurobiology Division. Marta joins the LMB to continue working to advance our understanding of how the structure of the central nervous system (CNS) relates to its function in learning and decision-making.

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The LMB welcomes Albert Cardona as a new Group Leader

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The LMB is delighted to announce the appointment of Albert Cardona as a Group Leader in the Neurobiology Division. Albert joins the LMB to continue his research into how the structure of a neural circuit relates to its function.

Our thoughts and behaviours are products of the ability of our brains to combine inputs from the senses such as vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, along with memories of past experiences and instinctual responses.

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Michael Fuller (1936 – 2019)

Michael Fuller, 1997

Michael Fuller, Laboratory Services Manager, Laboratory Steward, Technician, Special Projects Co-ordinator and stalwart of the LMB for over 44 years died on 22 November 2019. Michael was devoted to the LMB and put all his energies into making it an efficient and productive institution and played a vital role in the building up of the Laboratory from its small beginnings into a major laboratory.

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Cyrus Chothia (1942 – 2019)

Cyrus Chothia, former Group Leader and until recently emeritus scientist in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, died on Tuesday 26th November 2019. Cyrus pioneered the use of computational methods to study the structure and function of proteins, and the evolution of genomes, which led to the birth of structural bioinformatics and computational genomics.

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How and why researchers should engage with Parliament

The Palace of Westminster. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA) 2.5 Generic license. Photo by Diliff.

Jonida Tafilaku, a PhD student in Paula da Fonseca’s group in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, completed a three-month internship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), as part of UKRI’s Policy Internships Scheme for doctoral students funded by UKRI. Motivated by a desire to share her experience of this scheme, Jonida organised this seminar and invited her supervisor from the internship to talk about POST and its role in Parliament.

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LMB cyclists ride high in the saddle

Christine Barrie (centre) with Cycle September certificate

Once again, LMB’s cycling staff took the top spot in Cambridgeshire, and placed second in the UK, as part of a nationwide cycling challenge – Cycle September. For the category of 500-1,999 staff, the LMB slid into the top rank quite dramatically in a spectacular last minute overtake of the Royal Society of Chemistry team.

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Three LMB scientists selected as EMBO Young Investigators

EMBO awardees (L-R): Wanda Kukulski, Madeline Lancaster and Joseph Yeeles

Wanda Kukulski, Madeline Lancaster and Joe Yeeles have been elected into the EMBO Young Investigator Programme for a four-year tenure starting January 2020. During this time EMBO will provide financial and practical support as well as networking opportunities for the Young Investigators and their lab members.

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Paula da Fonseca: Deciphering the secrets of the proteasome

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Next in our series of Group Leader profiles written by science writer and LMB alumna, Kathy Weston, is a profile of Paula da Fonseca, a Group Leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division.

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Student prizes awarded for outstanding doctoral research

From fly connectomics to molecular and cellular mechanisms of cytoplasmic dynein, from genetic code fidelity to the molecular mechanism of trans-translation – the Max Perutz Student Prizes were awarded to a diverse range of PhD research.

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LMB researchers share their science in Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough

LifeLab returned for the second year of the project – this time with LMB scientists taking their research to Ely Cathedral and Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough, as well as to events in Cambridge. Through a range of hands-on activities, talks, discussions, displays, and entertainment, LifeLab volunteers talked to more than 3,500 people across Cambridge, Ely, and Peterborough over a day and a half.

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