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Department of Life Sciences Newsletter
November 2017
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Staff Information
Health & Wellbeing
Dr Cristina Lo Celso has been announced as the winner of the Foulkes Foundation Medal 2017, awarded by the Academy of Medical Sciences. The Foulkes Medal is awarded every two years to a rising star within UK biomedical research for contributing important and significant impacts to the field before, or in, their first independent position. Click here to find out more.
PhD students Will Pelton and Nicolas Kral scoop the top prize at White City innovation awards. Delivered in partnership with NatWest, the Innovators’ Programme gives tech start-ups free access to state of the art office and laboratory space, mentorship and training whilst working in close proximity to Imperial academics and industry experts. Click here to find out more.

Welcome to New Staff

Lecturer in Bacterial Pathogenesis
Tiago Costa (CMBI)

Research Assistant
Louise Kerry (Gloria Rudenko), Courtney Boyd (Ernesto Cota Segura), Anath Pallaseni (Michael Stumpf)

Research Associate
Lucia Lopez (Eoin O'Gorman), Angela Meccariello (Niki Windbichler), Eli Cohen (Morgan Beeby), Flavia Squeglia (Alfonso De Simone)

Adrienne Etard (Samraat Pawar)

Research Technician
Xenia Karlsson (Andrea Crisanti), Gayathri Sritharan (Matt Child), Nicola Iannotti (Andrea Crisanti)

Allison Hunter attended "Brexit and the European Parliament: What does it mean for science and research?" on Friday, November 10th at Europe House, London.

David Davies (Brexit Secretary) did not attend and nor was there any government representative present.

Internationally renowned UK universities are world renowned due to their ability to attract the best academics, technicians and researchers.  Not having clarity on the rights of EU citizens is already unsettling existing staff.


James Briscoe (Francis Crick) made the point that after Brexit there will be a wider perception, not just from within the EU, that we are not open, not progressive and not supportive and that we will suffer the reputational loss of the UK as a trustworthy and reasonable place to do research. One of the main points at the end was that we as individuals need to go out from the meeting and draw the public’s attention to the benefit of international scientific collaboration in addressing life and global threatening issues.

Further points made in the discussion can be heard in full on Facebook.

Stephen Curry has written in the Guardian about Brexit - Universities are part of the solution to dysfunctional Brexit debates. Academics have every right to teach and talk about Brexit, because they can help to address the problems it has raised. Click here to read the full article.

Tech News

The next DoLS Technicians’ Meeting is on Tuesday 5th December in Sir Ernst Chain Building,South Kensington. Invites have already been sent out.

Anyone wishing to attend who has not received an invite can contact Allison Hunter, Technical Operations Manager:

Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award 2018
REMINDER: closing date noon Thursday 30th November
How to apply:

The award is to be presented at Imperial College April 2018 during the UBMA conference
The award is open to all technical staff, at any stage in their career, employed in a teaching, research or management role in the HE bioscience sector in UK and Ireland. Individuals can enter by being nominated, either by themselves or a colleague, using our application form by noon on Thursday 30th November 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the award process, please contact Daniel Garnett:

Pietro Spanu has been voted onto the Board of the British Society for Plant Pathology.
Bill Rutherford (PI) and Andrea Fantuzzi (co-I) were awarded a BBSRC research grant on “Quinone redox tuning for regulation and protection of the water splitting enzyme”.

Dina Pospori and Cristina Lo Celso, in collaboration with Mauricio Barahona (Maths) were awarded a CRUK development grant from the Imperial CRUK centre.

Matt Child's lab were awarded a Collaborative Initiatives Kick-start funding from the FoNS Strategic Fund for a grant entitled: "Towards multiplexed in vivo phenotypic screening for novel antimicrobial target discovery". The grant is in collaboration with Alan Armstrong's group in the Department of Chemistry.

 Click here for the latest publications from DoLS.  

Other News

SOSV, the worlds most active early stage investor in biotech are about to run a program in Imperial College. If you know of any start up companies, that either exist or are looking to exist, please make them aware. Click here for more info.

For academics, konfer is a way to search for impact and funding partners, or just to share the sheer joy of knowledge. For businesses, charities and individuals it opens the treasury of research, researchers and services in UK universities and research institutions. Click here for more info.

Gerald Larrouy-Maumus presented a seminar at Pasteur Paris on 23 November.
Tani Cardona and Bill Rutherford were interviewed in Quanta Magazine - 'Simple Bacteria Offer Clues to the Origins of Photosynthesis'. Click here to read the article.


HoD Citizenship Awards
Friday 8th December
12-1pm SAF G34 followed by lunch on SAF 1st floor concourse

These awards will recognise outstanding contributions to departmental life and culture.
Please join us in congratulating staff within our department who go above and beyond their job role to support the Department.
Awards will be presented to all categories of staff including academics, professional services, technical staff and research staff.
Please register for free for this event on Eventbrite by Thursday 30th November so that we know numbers for catering.

Thanks to all those who attended Angela Saini's talk 'How Science Got Women Wrong' on Tuesday 21st November. For those of you who missed it, or if you'd like to hear the talk again please click here to watch via Panopto.