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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Chay wins a prize for her thesis!

Chayenne Ghazi, who worked with us recently, was awarded a prize for the thesis that she presented based on her work here. The HAS-prize is annually awarded to students who produce excellent gradutation assignments at lab schools. It is named after the ‘Haagse Analisten School’ (Analysts Schools of The Hague). These schools are invited by letter to submit the 2 best graduation reports in the chemical/biological-medical directions, and from here the board makes their decision. Congratulations Chey!

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Lab members take Lorne posters by storm

Taylor, Mehdi and Athina all picked up prizes for their poster presentations at the Lorne Protein Conference this week. Poster prize success rate was overall about the same as the current NHMRC grant success rate, so a champion effort from them! No doubt they’ll be buying the drinks for the rest of the lab…(and did I mention that the prize money goes into the lab consumables pool?)

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Scientists in Schools award for Joel

The Principal’s Network of inner west Sydney schools recently had their awards ceremony and Joel was presented with an award to recognize the long-term connection he has had with Strathfield North Public School through the CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools program – Joel has been visiting the school (liaising with schoolteacher Filomena Catanzariti) to do science with primary age students for over 8 years.

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