Professor Irene Miguel-Aliaga, group head at the MRC LMS, has been elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). “This is a highlight of my career and I’m really pleased,” she said. In further EMBO-related success, Alessandro Mineo a postdoc in Miguel-Aliaga’s lab, has been awarded an EMBO Long Term Fellowship – to find out more about changes in the gut during pregnancy.
A hat trick of success for cancer researcher
It has been one success after another for PhD student Holly Newton of the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC LMS) recently. First, Newton won a travel grant to attend a conference in Japan. Once there she won the poster competition. On returning home she presented her poster at the LMS retreat, and again scooped the institute’s “Rosa Beddington” poster prize.
James Ware of the MRC LMS has won an Early Career Award from the British Cardiovascular Society for significant contributions to cardiovascular medicine. The award praises his clinical and research contributions. Ware recently published a paper on the use of spider proteins from the tarantula to understand how certain inherited heart conditions occur.
MRC LMS Retreat
LMS staff and students gathered for the institute’s annual retreat this month at London’s Royal Society. Several special guests attended including the Government Scientific Chief Advisor and chief executive designate of the UKRI, Professor Sir Mark Walport and Director of the Berlin-based Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier – co-discoverer of Crispr-cas9 gene editing technique. Professor Charpentier delivered the keynote address. The day featured talks from a range of research groups, showcasing the variety of research taking place at the institute, as well as three-minute “Flash” talks from four PhD students.