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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 ...

Professor Claus Nerlov joins the MHU

Professor Claus Nerlov joins the MHU

Posted 11/12/2012

Professor Claus Nerlov is moving to the MHU from the Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre in September 2012 His group investigates the role of transcription factors in the maintenance of hematopoietic and epithelial tissues, during normal development and cancer.