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Ngaio, Mario and Martina

Although the proud parents missed the opportunity to give the new addition to their family a name ending in "o", we're still excited that they have recently announced baby Martina to the world. It sounds like she's reading the journals already, and planning to join the Sydney Protein Group, so you can't ask much more than that. Report suggests that the full level of sleep deprivation has not yet sunken in (to the parents), but we've no doubt that will come soon enough... Congratulations Ngaio and Mario - it's great to welcome another addition to the panoply of lab babies!

Joels NBD…

...which means New Bike Day in bike geek lingo... Joel has spent a bit of time (well, quite a bit of time) building up a new all-road touring bike based on a custom Ti frame built by titanproduct in China. 1x11 GRX (taking a risk with an out-of-spec 11-46 cassette that seems to be shifting smoothly) with Enigma C-six fork, SQlab saddle (very comfortable so far) and Hunt wheels set up tubeless with a Son dynamo. Rides like a dream (around the block, at least) and - once the open the border to Victoria - there could be a touch of touring to Melbourne planned before it gets too hot... Yee...

Priya + 1

Priya Thaivalappil - who worked with Joel as a Research Assistant way back in 2014 - is now the proud mother of a bouncing (well, hopefully not bouncing too much) baby boy named Neil. He looks like a handful...! Congratulations Priya and thanks very much for keeping us up to date!

Jason heads to Blighty

Jason heads to Blighty

Former lab member Jason Schmidberger (postdoc 2015-6) has packed up his Akubra (and his family) and made a big move to the UK to join the drug discovery alliance and consulting company Evotec. Looks like an exciting company and we look forward to hearing from him...

Jessica hands in

Jessica hands in

Always a big milestone in the PhD journey, Jessica Zhong has clicked the upload button (which isn't quite the same as the old days with the endless photocopying and page juggling, but still...) and submitted her thesis (and now is an expert on definite articles),...

Funding opportunities for ECRs

Funding opportunities for ECRs

Here is an amazing resource put together by some folks at Johns Hopkins, showing funding opportunities (and travel grant opportunities) for PhD students, postdocs and ECRs: Early career faculty funding opportunities Postdoc funding opportunities PhD funding...

Maryam submits!

Maryam submits!

Maryam looks slightly dazed for good reason - she has just handed in her PhD thesis - well inside the time allowed. Along the way, she decided that moving country to do a PhD wasn't sufficiently challenging and so upped the stakes by becoming a mother for the first...

Charlotte wins prize!

Charlotte wins prize!

Charlotte Franck - who has been doing her PhD riding the line between Richard Payne's lab in Chemistry and Joel's lab - has had some payoff for the great work she's done on her evasin project, winning a poster prize at the 2020 Lorne Conference on Protein Structure...

The Rock

The Rock

In news of great excitement, I can announce that there is another lab matrimonial union on its way! Taylor and Rezwan have announced their engagement - in fine style while on a small weekend getaway in Mudgee. They have decided to make the most of the whole thing...