Jim Hughes, Associate Professor of Genome Biology, was one of the recipients of this year's RDM Award for Excellent Supervision. Jim was nominated by 16 past and present members of his group, which is part of both the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit and the MRC WIMM Centre for Computational Biology.
The judging panel was impressed by the level of pastoral care provided by Jim to those around him. His nominees described him as an inspiring scientist and mentor who appreciates his team’s preferences and capabilities, fosters and builds self-confidence and is sensitive to personal circumstances and the well-being of his team. In addition he was described as someone whose approachability extends beyond his group and to other students across the MRC WIMM. Jim said about the award "The important point for me is that this award comes, in essence, from the members of my team, and that's why I appreciate it so much."
Meanwhile Martyna Lukoševičiūtė, a DPhil student in the group of Prof Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, was the winner of the student poster award. Her poster presented her recently published research on the dual role of FoxD3 in neural crest chromatin remodeling.
Louise Johnson, a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof David Jackson at the MRC Human Immunology Unit was the winner of the non-student poster prize. Her research focuses on the role of hyaluronan and its receptors LYVE1 and CD44 in regulating dendritic cell trafficking in lymphatics..
Other highlights of the day were the talks by Christopher Booth (Mead/Jacobsen group) and Marieke Oudelaar (Hughes/Higgs groups), who won this year’s RDM graduate prize.