Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Society sponsorship for Symposium

Friday, 30 January 2009

Research symposium 2009

Research Student Symposium sponsored by the Society of Experimental Biology and the British Cell Biology Society.

Research Student Symposium sponsored by the Society of Experimental Biology and the British Cell Biology Society.

The School of Life Sciences held its annual Research Student Symposium on 27th January, enabling staff and students to see the variety of research interests in the School. From basic molecular biology through to nutrition and exercise science, nine 2nd year students gave oral presentations and eleven 3rd years presented their work as posters.

The winner for the best talk was Patrick Esser for ‘Comparison between gold standard and inertial sensing of centre of mass in walking’. He described how cheaper, more flexible and just as accurate equipment could compete with the currently used imaging systems to allow many more patients to receive gait analysis. Runner up for best talk was awarded to Rien De Keyser for ‘Characterising variation in fitness related traits in the Common Blue butterfly Polyommatus icarus within the UK’.

Fernanda Murguia took the best poster prize for ‘A novel baculovirus delivery tool for gene therapy in in vitro and ex vivo models of renal ischemic injury’. Her research demonstrated that insect virus systems could represent a ‘bio-safe’ method of expressing proteins in transplantation tissue by reducing tissue injury caused by removal from the host and transportation between hospitals. Runner up for best poster prize went to Chokkathukalam Achuthanunni for ‘Construction and analysis of a model of plant carbon metabolism’.

Jolanta Tolkacz was also awarded membership of the British Cell Biology Society for her talk, ‘Construction, production and characterisation of recombinant proteins’, regarding the potential therapeutic use of antibody fragments.

With sponsorship from the Society of Experimental Biology and the British Cell Biology Society, the symposium also saw the inaugural presentation of the Groome/Al-Qahtani prize, named after the recently retired Professor of Applied Immunology, Nigel Groome, and one of his PhD students, Ahmed Al-Qahtani, who is generously supporting the award.

The judges for the talk and poster presentations were Professor Nigel Groome with Professor Munira Kadhim and Dr Lisa Ryan, staff in the School of Life Sciences.

Image From left: Prof Linda King, Fernanda Meca Murguia and Prof Nigel Groome