Category: Early Careers

2018 Science Meeting prize winners

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Conratulations to the winners of the poster and short talk prizes at our 4th annual science meeting, who received their prizes from Karen Lewis of the BBSRC (far left).

The winners were Rochelle Aw, Imperial College London – 1st prize talk (pictured 2nd left); Eva Pekle, MedImmune & Univserity of Kent – 2nd prize talk (pictured middle); Tania Selas Castiñeiras, Cobra Biologics – 3rd talk prize; Hirra Hussain, University of Manchester – 1st prize poster, Natalie Talbot, University of Kent – 2nd prize poster (pictured 2nd right) and James Budge, University of Kent – 3rd poster prize (pictured far right).

Summer studentships

NEW CALL OPEN – summer studentships
We have four undergrad summer studenships available; these awards are funded at 80% FEC (that is, up to £2,000 from BioProNET) to cover consumables and stipend. These must run in summer 2018.

The closing date is midday on Friday 19th January.
Download the application form here.

BBSRC-CASE project with AstraZeneca

Investigating the cutaneous lipidome to understand how skin responds to sunlight exposure

We want to explore the UVR-induced changes in skin lipids as means of understanding the normal physiology of human skin when exposed to sunlight, and appreciate the role of lipids in maintaining skin health. We will then use this information to understand how human skin reacts with xenobiotics that interact with sunlight and, this way, support the design of studies for the development of pharmaceuticals. Overall, the project will allow detailed study and understanding of the skin lipidome and perturbations induced by sunlight and xenobiotics, permit mapping of lipid networks contributing to inflammatory responses and inform research into human health.

We will use 3D human skin models, primary skin cells in culture, and human skin in organ culture. We will then employ mass spectrometry-based assays and lipid imaging to assess changes in the various types of skin lipids and their accumulation in cell membranes.

The project will provide training in multiple disciplines (biochemistry, analytics, pharmaceutics, biology) including the handling of large data sets generated by lipidomics. While at UoM, the student will train in cell and organ culture, lipid extractions and analyses by mass spectrometry (triple quadrupole and time-of-flight coupled to liquid and supercritical fluid chromatography), and data processing. During the placement periods, the student will learn the requirements of drug development and how skin physiology and photo reactivity can inform drug discovery. The student will also have access to AstraZeneca’s research into microphysiological systems and 3D cell models that will be used to investigate aspects of normal skin functioning, and will work with AstraZeneca’s world leading mass spectrometry imaging group to investigate novel ways to detect changes in the lipidome.

This is a CASE studentship is to be funded under the BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme. If you are interested in this project, please make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. You MUST also submit an online application form – full details on how to apply can be found on the BBSRC DTP website.

Faculty position – University of Delaware

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the
University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track open rank
Professor position.

REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. or equivalent in chemical engineering or a related field.

DUTIES: The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering seeks faculty
candidates to develop and lead a vigorous and nationally recognized research
program; teach and advise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
and participate in and contribute to the departmental and larger professional
community. While applications in all research areas will be considered, we particularly
seek applicants with expertise in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, bioinformatics,
and systems design and optimization, especially those that synergize with the new
manufacturing excellence centers, NIIMBL and RAPID.

APPLICATION: Please submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research and
teaching interests, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses
of at least 3 references at Applications will be considered
until the position is filled. The curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation will be
shared with department faculty.

The Bioprocessing Skills School

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The first Bioprocessing Skills School took place on September 11-15th, 2017 at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, Darlington

“Important for my career development, fantastic experience”
“Absolutely brilliant, positively challenging environment and inspirational speakers”
“Enlightening, insightful, friendly, open environment to develop oneself”
“Excellent experience learning about teamwork and bioprocessing”
“Great experience, motivating, great opportunity to nurture and build connections”

The course was a week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights of industrialists, were delegates participated in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship and focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas.

It is anticipated that another BioProcessing Skills School will run in September 2018. More details will be posted when available.