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!
At the Sydney Protein Group’s recent Thompson Prize evening, Mehdi picked up the ATA Scientific Lorne Travel Award (presented by Mark Larance), which will help him attend the 2019 Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function. Well done Mehdi!
The official letter came today stating that Steph had “satisfied the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Science)”. Done and dusted! Congratulations from everyone in the lab Steph – here’s hoping it leads to great things…!
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!
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?)
The Sydney Protein Group’s annual Thompson prize event was the other day, and Neil Robertson was one of the finalists. Despite giving a sterling talk, he didn’t walk away with the gong. He did however pick up the ATA Scientific Lorne travel award, while Gabrielle McClymont won the Greg Ralston Memorial Lorne travel award. Go Matthews lab!
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.
The School of Life and Environmental Sciences held its graduate research showcase recently, out at the Camden campus, and Taylor showed them how it was done, winning the prize for the best second year presentation. Nice work Taylor!
Joel – working with Dave Segal from UC Davis – was lucky enough to pick up an ARC Discovery Project grant in the 2015 round to explore the creation of designer epigenetic regulators. Should be interesting…
At the recent ComBio conference in Brisbane, Joel was presented with theLabGear Discovery Science Award – which is given for distinguished contributions to the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. You can read about the award here and see the citation here.