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Mariann Bienz: Fascinating flies – Drosophila and the molecular biology of development and disease

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The third in our series of Group Leader profiles written by science writer and LMB alumna, Kathy Weston, is a profile of Mariann Bienz, a Group Leader in the LMB’s PNAC Division.
If one were asked to describe Mariann Bienz in one word, it would almost certainly be: determined. Her persistence and focus took her from a graduate student working on tRNA, through a postdoc on heat shock genes in frogs, to her long-term objective of studying gene expression in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

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LMB raises £1,108 for cancer support and a children’s ambulance

LMB staff lines up for the bake sale

For the fifth year in a row, LMB staff showed up on both sides of a long and vibrant line up of baked goodness in support of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to fundraise for cancer support. This year, the LMB’s HR team, an enthusiastic bunch of bakers, and an equally committed team of cake supporters raised £640.96, significantly higher than last year’s £344.35.

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Kiyoshi Nagai (1949 – 2019)

Kiyoshi Nagai (2018). Courtesy Song Tan.

Kiyoshi Nagai, Group Leader at the LMB and joint head of the Division of Structural Studies from 2001 to 2010, died on September 27th 2019 after a short illness.
Research begun by Kiyoshi at the LMB 30 years ago has recently culminated in a comprehensive understanding of how the spliceosome catalyses the fundamental process of gene splicing in eukaryotes.

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John Kendrew Lecture to be given by Brenda Schulman

Prof. Brenda Schulman

Brenda Schulman will deliver the 2019 John Kendrew Lecture: ‘How a ubiquitin-like protein brings ubiquitylation to life’ on Thursday 3rd October at 10.30am in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.

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Rebecca Taylor: A worm’s eye view of stress and ageing

Rebecca Taylor

The second in our series of group leader profiles written by science writer and LMB Alumna, Kathy Weston, is a profile of Rebecca Taylor, a group leader in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division.
It’s probably safe to say that Rebecca Taylor is the only scientist in the world who has an intimate knowledge of lambing sheep and is also a qualified scuba diving instructor.

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The LMB welcomes Jing Ren as a new Group Leader

Jing Ren

The LMB is delighted to announce the appointment of Jing Ren as a Group Leader in the Neurobiology Division. She will begin her programme in January 2020, joining more than 50 group leaders at the LMB, who represent a diverse set of scientists recruited from around the world.
Jing’s overarching aim is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the formation of the circuitry of the serotonin system.

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Future scientists and science leaders visit the LMB

LIYSF students operating an electron microscope to look at virus particles

The LMB recently hosted visits from two diverse groups of students; one that was attending the 2019 London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) and the other from the 2019 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows.
London International Youth Science Forum visit
LIYSF is a two-week residential course for students aged 16-21 who have a keen interest in studying science.

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The LMB welcomes Benjamin Falcon as a new Group Leader

Benjamin Falcon

The LMB is delighted to announce the appointment of Benjamin Falcon as a Group Leader in the Neurobiology Division, starting in October 2019. Benjamin will work on the mechanisms by which the formation of amyloid contributes to nerve cell degeneration in neurodegenerative disease.

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Winners of the LMB’s annual Science Image Award

Sixteen primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Essex have participated in the 2018/19 Science Image Award. Part of the LMB’s Microscopes for Schools outreach project, the Science Image Award is a competition aiming to stimulate scientific curiosity in primary school children by connecting the microscopic world to everyday life.

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A stag’s head, a clock, and Nobel Laureates: the LMB Arts and Crafts Show

Scroll clock

The annual LMB Arts and Crafts Show recently took place in the atrium of the LMB. It highlighted an array of artistic talent amongst the staff at the LMB and a wide range of inspiration for exhibits.  Over 15 exhibitors took the opportunity to share their creative side and many more contributed through a display of artistic images submitted and used for the LMB365 image project.
One of the highlights was an intricate scroll clock.

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