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Jessica Chadwick YES winner

On 21st January 2022, second year Birmingham student Jessica Chadwick (as part of a team made up of students and researchers from the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Keele), won the Environment YES21 prize.

The YES21 competition is a scheme for early career researchers to increase their awareness of research commercialisation.

The team's business concept, called RoboCrop, is a remote drone sensing operation that would allow early detection of pest and pathogen outbreaks using three different sensors (e-nose, IR and chlorophyll fluorescence). This would reduce pesticide inputs into fields, limiting environmental impacts and reducing costs for farmers. The team won a share of a £15k prize fund.

On their win, the team said:

"We are so proud of winning Environment YES21. Our multi-university team had to work virtually and didn’t know each other beforehand, despite this, we created a successful team. Syngenta’s workshop was uniquely rewarding with fantastic mentorship throughout. We have broadened our skill set in ways we hadn’t even considered before the competition. An amazing opportunity and having finally met in-person after the final, winning was the cherry on top."

Congratulations to Jess and the team.

Tue 25 Jan 2022, 10:59 | Tags: Entrepreneurship, award

Jessica Chadwick YES finalist

Second year Birmingham CASE student Jessica Chadwick is part of a team who has made the final of this year's YES competition.

The YES21 competition is a scheme for early career researchers to increase their awareness of research commercialisation. There are different streams of the competition and Jessica's group, consisting of four students/researchers from Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Keele, are participating in the Plant, Microbial and Environment stream which also featured a three-day workshop form Syngenta.
The team's business concept, called RoboCrop, is a remote drone sensing operation that would allow early detection of pest and pathogen outbreaks using three different sensors (e-nose, IR and chlorophyll fluorescence). This would reduce pesticide inputs into fields, limiting environmental impacts and reducing costs for farmers.
The team will present at the final, which will take place on 21st January 2022, with a chance to win a share of the £15k prize fund.
Mon 17 Jan 2022, 11:01 | Tags: Entrepreneurship, award

MIBTP students win at student symposium

MIBTP students across the cohorts at Warwick, won prizes at this year's School of Life Sciences student symposium. The MIBTP winners were:

Best Seminar Presentation in memory of Xue Jiang

  • Holly Shropshire

Following top 5 Posters (in no order)

  • Matt Harwood
  • Anjana Radhakrishnan
  • Beth Richmond
  • Jenny Littler
  • Helen Wilkinson

Top 5 Seminar Presentations (in no order)

  • Niamh Harrington
  • Jeff Cheng
  • Rohini Ajaykumar
Thu 11 Nov 2021, 14:15 | Tags: award

Marisa Di Monaco award

Recent MIBTP Warwick graduate Dr Marisa Di Monaco has won the SEM Faculty Thesis Prize for her thesis 'Molecular mechanisms and transcriptional regulation of autophagy in Drosophila'. Marisa was supervised by Professor Ioannis Nezis and Dr Alex Jones.

Thu 12 Aug 2021, 15:28 | Tags: award

Dr Harun Rashid publications and more

Dr Harun Rashid is a graduate of the very first MIBTP cohort at Warwick, graduating with his PhD in 2016.

As well as publishing the following papers as a result of his PhD research, he was also recently selected and awarded the Prestigious Fulbright Visiting Scholarship 2021-2022 for Postdoctoral Study in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

1. Rashid, M.H.A., Cheng, W. and Thomas, B. 2019. Temporal and Spatial Expression of Arabidopsis Gene Homologs Control Daylength Adaptation and Bulb Formation in Onion (Allium cepa L.). Scientific Reports, 9: 14629.

2. Rashid, M.H.A. and Thomas, B. 2019. Diurnal Expression of Arabidopsis Gene Homologs during Daylength-Regulated Bulb Formation in Onion (Allium cepa L.). Scientia Horticulturae, 261: 108946.

Mon 28 Jun 2021, 14:01 | Tags: award, publication

Hadyn Parker best presentation

Final year Warwick student, Hadyn Parker, attended the Acid Fast Club Winter 2021 meeting on 8th January. The conference consisted of predominantly UK based Tuberculosis researchers and experts, of which approximately 140 people were in attendance. His abstract on ‘Asymmetric trehalose analogues to probe disaccharide processing pathways in mycobacteria’ had been selected for a talk and he presented a 20 minute presentation (Via Zoom). Hadyn's talk was voted by members as being the best early career presentation of the conference.

Mon 18 Jan 2021, 14:57 | Tags: award

Kellie Lucken award

Final year Leicester student Kellie, won the best poster prize and sponsor choice best research image at the Molecular and cell biology PhD student symposium in September this year.

Thu 17 Dec 2020, 18:06 | Tags: award

Sophie Edwards award

Sophie Edwards, Birmingham final year student, was awarded the 2020 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) International Student Award, based upon her publication in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Thu 17 Dec 2020, 18:02 | Tags: award, publication

Andy Gladman - Horticultural Science Award

MIBTP student Andy Gladman is this year’s runner up in the Marsh Horticultural Science Award presented in collaboration with the RHS. The award recognises the exceptional progress Andy has made in his research on the management of aphid pests in Brassica crops. Find out more.

Tue 01 Dec 2020, 09:21 | Tags: award

Hadyn parker award and publication

Final year Warwick student, Hadyn recently (February 2020) had success at the Mycobacterial Heterogeneity & Host Tissue Tropism symposium in New Delhi, India where he presented his research and was awarded the top emerging cellular microbiologist prize for his poster and research.

The data he presented was recently published, as 1st author (and 1st publication) in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry where he synthesised novel analogues of the sugar trehalose and investigated their uptake and metabolism in mycobacteria using a range of biochemical techniques.

Thu 12 Nov 2020, 19:06 | Tags: award, publication

Alex Seabright Wellcome Trust ISSF Accelerator fellowship

Birmingham MIBTP student Alex has been awarded a Wellcome Trust ISSF Accelerator fellowship of £60,000.

Alex will use this money to visit the University of Melbourne for 9 months in 2021 to develop adeno-associated viral methods of tagging of extracellular vesicle proteins. This work will help to improve understanding of the biological significance of extracellular vesicles and puts him in a great position to apply for further funding.

Congratulations also to Alex; he has just submitted his PhD thesis and on completion of his viva and any corrections, will soon be Dr Alex Seabright.

Thu 12 Nov 2020, 18:59 | Tags: award

Lydia Hickman awarded Researcher Resilience Fund grant

MIBTP Birmingham student Lydia Hickman, along with other members of the Cook Lab, has been awarded a Researcher Resilience Fund grant ($5000) from Universitas 21 for the project “Towards better informed, more inclusive autism research: Building the U21 Autism Research Network”. The University of Birmingham are the main site in a collaboration with 5 other universities (University of Connecticut, USA; University of New South Wales, Australia; University of Auckland, New Zealand; Waseda University, Japan; McMaster University, Canada). 

The project aims to make a starting point in addressing challenges to collaboration across borders as well as the lack of diversity and inclusion in autism research. There are two main goals:


  1. To build an online international database of autistic participants in order that members of the U21 network can recruit from a more diverse pool and thus, that our research findings may be applicable to a wider portion of society.
  2. To organise a public engagement event to address issues of diversity and inclusion in autism research.


You can learn more about this project on the groups Twitter page; with a website to follow soon.

Mon 26 Oct 2020, 11:51 | Tags: award

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.

Tue 11 Feb 2020, 13:50 | Tags: award

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.

Fri 29 Nov 2019, 13:41 | Tags: award

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.

Fri 16 Aug 2019, 15:04 | Tags: award

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