Twelve LMB scientists, from PhD student to Group Leader, have taken part in this year’s Cambridge Pint of Science, an annual festival that brings brilliant scientists to local pubs to discuss their latest research. Ten venues across Cambridge were filled with scientific chatter and discussion for three days during May, with LMB scientists involved in the organisation, publicity and co-ordination of the events, and as speakers.
Melina Schuh, at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and former group leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been awarded the EMBO Gold Medal.
The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to scientists under the age of forty for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.
Lori Passmore, group leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, and Felix Randow, group leader in the LMB’s PNAC Division, have been newly elected as members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
Founded in 1964 to promote molecular biology in Europe, EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions.
Lalita Ramakrishnan, group leader in the University of Cambridge Molecular Immunity Unit, which is housed at the LMB, has been elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and to The Royal Society.
The Academy of Medical Sciences represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.
Bill Schafer, group leader in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, has been elected into the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Academy represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.
James Wagstaff, a PhD student in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has completed a three-month policy internship with the HM Courts & Tribunals Service as part of the RCUK Policy Internships Scheme.
Graeme Mitchison, a scientist with exceptionally wide-ranging interests and a very sharp and logical mind, died on 13 April. He had a long association with the LMB, going back to the late 1960s, and worked as that rare individual, a true theoretical biologist, in a number of scientific areas.
Graeme joined the LMB’s Cell Biology Division in 1969, following his PhD in pure mathematics.
Sjors Scheres, Group Leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been awarded the Bijvoet Medal for his outstanding contribution to furthering the field of structural biology. Sjors is the youngest ever recipient of the Medal since its inception in 1989, and is the first recipient who was trained at the Bijvoet Centre – the institute at which Sjors completed his PhD.
Jacques Dubochet will give the 2018 John Kendrew Lecture on Thursday 26th April at 4.00pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture is ‘Electron cryo-microscopy: 45 years of science and society’. The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Since the late 1960’s, Jacques interest has been in the electron microscopy (EM) study of DNA, and the development of EM techniques.
Daniel Zeichner MP for Cambridge, and Nancy Bailey and Rebecca Nohl from the Government Office for Science, swapped policy and debate for lab coats and experiments during a visit to the LMB as part of the Royal Society Parliament Pairing Scheme.
The scheme gives policymakers and research scientists an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds, fostering exchange of knowledge and understanding of politics, policy and science.