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Anna York Outstanding Student Contribution Award
Anna York, a recent MIBTP Warwick graduate, has been awarded an OSCA (Outstanding Student Contribution Award). The OSCAs recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions of Warwick’s students. They not only excel academically, but also find the time to campaign for good causes, fundraise, start small business, and work with local charities.
Anna has been very active during her time at Warwick, both during her undergraduate studies and throughout her Doctorate of Philosophy in Biological Sciences.
Whilst studying for her Undergraduate degree, Anna, along with a group of fellow students, set up, a club for able-bodied and disabled young people aged 11 – 19, in Leamington Spa. Anna continued her commitment, whilst studying for her PhD, becoming President for a number of years. Central to the function of Phab, Anna undertook training, allowing her to work with the disabled and trained others in disability awareness, enhancing the capabilities of Warwick Youth Phab. The club provided and continues to provide, a fully inclusive environment in which young people are able to socialise with a wide range of activities.
Anna was on the organising committee for the Women in Science initiative as part of Athena Swann. Anna obtained funding and coordinated events, raising consciousness amongst the Warwick scientific community of the challenges faced by women in the pursuit of scientific careers.
In 2016 Anna volunteered for Warwick Marrow due to her awareness of the impact of those illnesses for which bone marrow donation is essential to treatment.
Anna’s postgraduate research relates to antibiotic resistance and as part of this drive to further awareness of antibiotic resistance she helped organise and run an antibiotic awareness day. Anna and some of her fellow postgraduates provided practical experience of microbiology and the basic science and issues surrounding antibiotic resistance to 233 Key Stage 3 pupils over two days at two schools. As a direct result of this outreach experience, Anna co-authored a published paper outlining the delivery and impact of this work.
Apart from these fantastic achievements, Anna also contributed to several other causes and activities on campus such as Staff Student Liaison Committee and worked as a resident tutor, supporting students as they make the transition from living at home to living and working as students.
Anna is continuing her research as a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale School of Public Health.
Jess Watts prize winner
Jess Watts, a Warwick 2017 student, is the 2019 recipient of the Brewster Scholarship, which is awarded to an SLS PhD student in their second year of research whose work relates to crop improvement. The scholarship is funded by a generous donation in memory of Dr Jim Brewster, a former member of Wellesbourne staff. The title of Jess's project is The role of secretion in phosphate uptake in Brassica; a description of the project is as follows:
Phosphate is an essential macronutrient required for crop growth, however its availability is often a limiting factor hindering crop yield, especially as the majority of phosphate within soil is inaccessible as organic phosphate. Many plants have adapted ways to improve the accessibility of phosphate, such as through the secretion of various compounds into the surrounding soil which help to mobilise the phosphate and improve uptake. I am looking at how Brassica crops which have differing phosphate efficiencies cope with low phosphate conditions compared to high phosphate conditions, with particular interest in the proteomic changes of the roots and the root secretions. If we can pin point what is different about the crops which are efficient in phosphate acquisition during low phosphate conditions, then we can use this to improve the efficiency of crop lines, improving phosphate utilisation and consequently enhance growth.
Carys Howell travel grant and poster prize
Carys Howell, a 3rd year Birmingham MIBTP student, received a travel grant, the FEBs youth travel fund (YTF), to attend the Europhosphatase 2019 conference. The travel grant covered the conference fee, accommodation and money towards travel costs.
Carys attended the conference, which took place 11th-16th June; at which she also won a poster prize.
Marta Poblocka symposium winner
Marta Poblocka, a Leicester 3rd year MIBTP student, recently won 1st prize for best poster and 2nd prize for best abstract at the University of Leicester student symposium. The title of Marta's poster and abstract was: Targeting Senescent Cells with Antibody-Drug Conjugates.
Eline Hendrix poster prize
Eline Hendrix, Birmingham 2016 MIBTP student, was awarded the best poster prize at the recent Midlands Academy of Medical Sciences Research Festival. The festival is a unique biomedical and health research event designed to bring early career researchers together to present their work, meet one another and to network with senior researchers. This year's event took place on 27th March 2019 at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Birmingham and focussed on three research areas: Diabetes, Cancer and Respiratory Science. Eline was one of 55 PhD students/post-docs to present a poster.
Robyn Wright best seminar presentation
Final year University of Warwick student Robyn Wright was awarded best seminar presentation voted by staff in memory of Xue Jiang at the recent Student Symposium. Robyn's talk was entitled Food or a free ride? The ability of a marine microbial community to degrade plastics.
Christian Møller-Olsen best poster
Third year MIBTP Warwick student Christian Moller-Olsen was awarded one to top five posters at the University of Warwick Student Symposium. His poster was entitled Molecular and cellular mechanisms of in vitro phage therapy.
Marisa Di Monaco best poster
Marisa Di Monaco, Warwick third year MIBTP student, was awarded 1 of 5 best posters at the University of Warwick PGR Student Symposium. Marisa's poster was entitled: "What is the function of a cytoplasm-eating related protein in the nucleus?"
Olivia Nippe best seminar presentation
Olivia Nippe, Warwick final year student, was one of 5 students who was awarded best seminar at the University of Warwick Postgraduate Research Student Symposium. Olivia's presentation was entitled: "Do microbial effectors interfere with the plant circadian rhythm?"
Rory Osborne J Colhoun prize - BSPP
Rory Osborne, a final year Warwick student, was awarded the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) J Colhoun prize at their 2018 presidential conference.
The best poster prize of £100 was awarded to Rory was for his poster "Exploiting effectors of a fungal mutualist to enhance crop production".
Picture: Rob Jackson, Rory and Murray Grant.
Anna Gonzalez Gil PH Gregory prize - BSPP
Anna Gonzalez Gil, a final year Warwick student, was awarded the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) PH Gregory prize at their 2018 presidential conference.
The prize of £250 was awarded to Anna for the best presentation made by a young scientist who has not previously presented at a paper at a BSPP meeting. Anna's talk was entitled "Chromatin remodelling and its conserved role in plant biotic and abiotic stress responses".
Picture: Dawn Arnold, Anna and Murray Grant.
MIBTP Leicester win the 2018 BBSRC Biotechnology Yes Competition
Two University of Leicester MIBTP students, Kalina Boytcheva and Charlotte Davison were part of a team, Phytocolours, who won the 2018 BBSRC Biotechnology YES competition.
The team's winning idea was reducing pollution from the fashion industry by providing structurally coloured cellulose fibres from microalgae. Their product, Rayonbow™ is used in the manufacture of eco-sustainable textiles to produce fabric that never fades but doesn’t cost the earth.
The final was hosted by the Royal Society in London and the team had ten minutes to present their idea, followed by another 10 minutes to answer questions from the 12 industry judges.
Charlie Durant poster competition winner
2017 Leicester student Charlie Durant won another first prize in a poster competition, this time at the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI) annual winter meeting held on 20th of December 2018 at the Natural History Museum, London. Congraulations Charlie.
Shaun Scaramuzza - Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship
Shaun Scaramuzza , a Birmingham MIBTP CASE student, won a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to take part in their Summer Program between June and August 2018. Shaun undertook his placement in the Molecular Cell Engineering Lab, led by Prof. Masato Kanemaki, at the National Institute of Genetics in Japan. The aim of his project was to learn / utilise the Auxin-Inducible Degradation system developed by Prof. Kanemaki’s group to degrade key ubiquitin ligases involved in the replisome disassembly process, and determine the consequences of this depletion.
Charlie Durant poster award
Charlie Durant's (Leicester MIBTP 2017 student) poster A first glimpse of the ant gut “phageome” won first prize in the 2018 Insect Genomics meeting hosted by the Royal Entomological Society at the University of Leicester. The prize for this award was £100.