Michael Webster wins EMBO Fellowship

Michael, who has just recently finished his PhD at the LMB in Cambridge with Lori Passmore, has been successful in winning an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship to fund his work in Albert Weixlbaumer’s lab in Strasbourg. Here, he will investigate how translation is linked to transcription in bacteria, by assembling complexes of ribosomes and RNA polymerases and characterizing their structure by cryo-EM and their activity with biochemical assays. A fantastic opportunity – and a great place for us to visit if we happen to be in that part of the world – well done Michael!

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Update from Antonia

Antonia Zech – who worked with Ana for 5 months in 2013-4 as part of her Masters degree in Hamburg – has sent us an update on her activities. She has been doing a PhD at the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf – in the group of Lucie Carrier. She is working on understanding the process of autophagy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, using techniques like confocal microscopy, gene therapy and working with iPS-cells. More importantly though, she has also been busy creating a family. Emil Isaac was born (a little while ago – on …

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Showing off the coast to collaborators

We had a visit this week from David Doak – video game designer and architect of our new virtual reality app focused on allowing students to investigate the properties of polypeptides. Jane Allison – molecular dynamics aficionado from Auckland Uni who is involved in the project – popped over the ditch to join in our discussions too. So, I took the opportunity to take Jane and David on a walk from Malabar around to Coogee on the weekend – superb weather and a fantastic series of rock platforms. It’s a great walk to take visitors on… And here are some …

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New lab paper hits the streets

Well, this paper took quite some time to come to fruition. Biswa from Melbourne worked hard to extract a structure from some less than friendly NMR data on a protein that was gifted to us by Wayne Patrick (formerly in Otago, now in Victoria University Wellington). I’m not sure it’s a gift I’d wish on anyone else, but the job is done! Well done Biswa and everyone else who lent a hand over the years…

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Xavier gets to put the gown on

Xavier Reid graduated today with his BSc with first class Honours – and you can see him here accompanied by his co-supervisor, Dr Jason Low. No one will mention that Jason isn’t wearing his UNSW gown… Xavier has taken the plunge to come back and start a PhD – splitting his time between digging deep into NuRD complex biochemistry and designing new high-affinity, high-specificity regulators of gene expression, using the new RaPID screening technology that has landed at USyd with the arrival of Dr Toby Passioura.

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