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MHU lab member photograph makes the cover of The EMBO Journal

MHU lab member photograph makes the cover of The EMBO Journal

Posted 11/12/2012

MHU microinjectionist, Christina Rode, has made the cover of The EMBO Journal with her photograph of a water vortex and its shadow. Christina said, "It's the beauty of simple things, all natural". Apart from her scientific interests in developmental biology and blood development, Christina considers herself a passionate amateur photographer.

DNA alternative created by scientists

DNA alternative created by scientists

Posted 10/12/2012

Scientists have created artificial genetic material that can store information and evolve over generations in a similar way to DNA - a feat expected to drive research in medicine and biotechnology, and shed light on how molecules first replicated and assembled into life billions of years ago. Ultimately, the creation of alternatives to DNA could enable scientists to make novel forms of life in the laboratory. Researchers at the MRC Laboratory ...

Terence Rabbitts joins the MHU

Terence Rabbitts joins the MHU

Posted 10/12/2012

Professor Terence Rabbitts is moving to the MHU from the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (LIMM) in the spring of 2012. His work wishes to define how chromosomal translocation genes affect proliferation and differentiation from cancer initiating cells (where translocations occur) to overt cancer, and in epithelial cancers, to invasive disease.

2011 Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lectureship

2011 Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lectureship

Posted 10/12/2012

In October 2011 Prof. Sir David Weatherall, Regius Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the WIMM was presented with the Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lectureship by the AABB. The award recognizes a scientist whose original research resulted in an important contribution to the body of scientific knowledge. Citation: For their independent and collaborative study of the molecular genetics of hemoglobinopathies such as thalassemia and sickle ...

UK Young Scientist of the Year

Posted 10/12/2012

A Merseyside student has been named as the UK Young Scientist of the Year. West Kirby Grammar School's Kirtana Vallabhaneni beat 360 other entrants to be awarded the prize at The Big Bang Fair, 2012. The 17-year-old was part of University of Liverpool's research project aimed at identifying the harmful cells that cause pancreatic cancer. She said she hoped her win could help "instil the same kind of passion I have for science in other young ...

New flow cytometry analyser

Posted 10/12/2012

At the end of 2011 the flow cytometry facility took delivery of a BD LSR Fortessa analyser. This new analyser complements the BD Aria III update performed at the same time to give 5 laser, 16 colour analysis and sorting capabilities within the facility. It also has the HTS adapter allowing us to run microtitre plates with high throughput results.

Ion Torrent Sequencer

Posted 10/12/2012

One of the new equipment purchases for 2012 is a Life Technologies Ion Torrent sequencer. This allows us to sequence small genomes, sets of genes, or perform gene expression profiling or ChIP-Seq in a very short space of time.

Post-Doctoral Scientist Awarded Prestigious EMBO Fellowship

Posted 11/12/2012

After only a brief time in the Rehwinkel group Dr Jonathan Maelfait has been awarded one of the prestigious long-term post-doctoral fellowships offered by EMBO. Dr Maelfait completed his PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Ghent in 2011 and in 2012 joined the Rehwinkel Group to study innate immune receptors that sense virus-derived nucleic acids. With the support of this EMBO long-term fellowship, granted in May 2012, Jonathan will ...

Iron Metabolism Group to Join the HIU

Posted 11/12/2012

The Iron Metabolism Group, led by Hal Drakesmith, will be joining the HIU in April 2013. Already located within the WIMM, the group researches the interaction of iron metabolism and immunity, focussing on the role of the iron regulatory hormone hepcidin during malaria, tuberculosis, Candida, HIV-1, and Hepatitis C virus infections. The group is also studying how the molecular pathways that control hepcidin interact with other innate immune ...

Amiloride study in Multiple Sclerosis wins national award

Posted 11/12/2012

This week the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research team at University of Oxford was awarded the prestigious MS Research Project of the Year award. The award was announced at the 2012 MS Society awards ceremony in “recognition of world class research projects, based in the UK, working hard to beat MS”. The research led by Professor Lars Fugger in collaboration with Dr Matt Craner identified a target, the acid sensing ion channel (ASIC), which when ...