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Double success at Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

The 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging students to effectively explain their research in engaging, accessible language to a non-specialist audience.
This year, both winners came from SLS:

  • Congratulations to the winner - Rohini Ajaykumar on 'Studying bacterial resistance for antimicrobial drug development'.
  • And the runner up and popular choice winner - Scott Dwyer on 'Controlling honey bee parasites : will the mites meet their match?'.

Find out more about 3MT 


Coronavirus: What is a second wave and is one coming?

BBC News talks to Dr Mike Tildesley about the possibility of a second wave and predicting when it might happen.

BBC News (24 June 2020)

Mon 29 Jun 2020, 17:55 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Second wave' warning: two experts have their say

Health leaders warned that a 'second wave' of the coronavirus is likely, and that the UK should be more prepared. Two experts in the spread of disease, Dr Louise Dyson and Dr Ed Hill, commented on the story.

Expert comment (24 June 2020)

Mon 29 Jun 2020, 17:54 | Tags: Expert comment Biomedical Science Faculty of Science

Six Months of Coronavirus: What Have We Learned?

Professor Andrew Easton discusses the last six months on TRT World:


Appetite can be increased by cells in the brain

Tanycytes are glial cells, which communicate with neurons in the brain to inform it of what we have eaten. Professor Nick Dale and colleagues have found when tanycytes are selectively stimulated appetite was increased.

Press Release

Tue 09 Jun 2020, 09:53 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

New University of Warwick modelling supports cautious reopening of schools if other lockdown measures continue to control the coronavirus

The gradual reopening of schools, starting with primary schools, is unlikely to lead to a second wave of infection, according to new mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 outbreak from University of Warwick researchers, but we should be prepared to reintroduce lockdown measures should there be a significant rise in the number of new cases.

Press Release

Mon 08 Jun 2020, 09:57 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

New technique for engineering living materials and patterns

Colony made by MeniFluidics A new method for engineering living materials called ‘MeniFluidics’, made by researchers from the departments of Life Sciences and Physics, could see a transformation in tissue engineering and bio-art, as well as new ways to research cellular interactions.

Dr Munehiro Asally comments:
“We hope MeniFluidics will be used widely by biophysics, microbiologists, engineers and also artists! As it is a simple and versatile method.”

Press Release

Fri 05 Jun 2020, 15:57 | Tags: Biomedical Science Biotechnology Press Release

Students have answers to the questions about September

Beth Hill, a third year Biomedical Science student, has written a blog highlighting how the pandemic has had an impact on higher education.
Read Wonkhe blog (28 May 2020).

Fri 29 May 2020, 10:20 | Tags: Biomedical Science Study Faculty of Science

Warwick scientists discover how cells respond to fasting

A team of researchers led by Professor Ioannis Nezis, discovered how cells activate autophagy genes during fasting.

Press Release

Wed 27 May 2020, 09:10 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

Expert comment: Scientific advice on schools reopening

Dr Mike Tildesley provides his expert analysis on the potential reopening of schools.
Read Metro article (21 May 2020).

Fri 22 May 2020, 12:44 | Tags: Biomedical Science Faculty of Science

A new understanding of everyday cellular processes

Orkun SoyerWe use cells to breathe, to moderate body temperature, to grow and many other every day processes, however the cells in these processes are so complex its left scientists perplexed into how they develop in different environments. Professor Orkun Soyer and colleagues say future research needs to look into the bioelectrical composition of cells for answers.

Press Release


The need for a measured approach for relaxation of lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic

New research, led by Professor Matt Keeling, finds the need for a measured approach to relaxing lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic - which may mean regional social distancing until mid-2021.
Press Release

Mon 18 May 2020, 16:29 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

Dr Tildesley talks to BBC News about plans to ease lockdown

Dr Mike Tildesley talks to BBC News about the UK government's plans to ease the lockdown, the need to maintain social distancing and the importance of the R number to stopping the spread of Covid-19.
(BBC News Channel - 10.05.2020)

Mon 11 May 2020, 11:42 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Minimum energy requirements for microbial communities to live predicted

Orkun SoyerA microbial community is a complex, dynamic system composed of hundreds of species and their interactions, they are found in oceans, soil, animal guts and plant roots. Each system feeds the Earth’s ecosystem and their own growth, as they each have their own metabolism that underpin biogeochemical cycles.

Professor Orkun Soyer and colleagues have produced a thermodynamic model for simulating the dynamics of microbial communities.

Press Release


UKRI fellowships awarded to Life Sciences Academics

Two academics from Life Sciences have been awarded a UKRI Future Leader Fellowship.

  • Dr Byron Carpenter for his project titled: Developing a synthetic signalling system capable of the precise spatial and temporal control of protein function in living cells.
  • Dr Erin Connelly for her project: Datamining medieval medical texts for modern medicines.

The fellowship scheme is awarded to the best researchers in the UK, keeping research and innovation in the UK world class.

Press Release


Warwick Researchers to provide COVID-19 Intervention Modelling for East Africa (CIMEA)

James NokesA £1m grant from the Wellcome Trust has enabled researchers to work with East African countries in their emergency preparations for COVID-19 as the pandemic spreads across Africa. Press Release

Professor James Nokes comments:
'We hope that by closely combining our efforts with in-country expertise in modelling, epidemiology, health economics and systems and vulnerability mapping we can develop models appropriate to each setting with results that will immediately feed into the policy making process to have the greatest impact.'


Professor Andrew Easton discusses the potential development of Covid-19

Andrew Easton, Emeritus Professor of virology from the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences, discusses the potential development of COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines live on anews (19 March 2020).

Tue 24 Mar 2020, 11:02 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Dr Mike Tildesley discusses the coronavirus pandemic

Dr Mike Tildesley, Associate Professor of Life Sciences, discusses the coronavirus pandemic and what lessons can be learned from previous outbreaks of flu (TRT World Now, 18 March 2020).

Tue 24 Mar 2020, 10:57 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Microbial interactions in aquatic environments to be investigated

Prof Orkun SoyerThe microbes found in aquatic environments and their interactions will be investigated by Warwick researcher Professor Orkun Soyer, thanks to an investigator award from The Gordon and Betty Moore foundation.

Press release


Coronavirus:Your Questions

Dr Mike Tildesley answers viewers' questions about coronavirus on the BBC News Channel (Broadcast 09.03.2020).

Mon 09 Mar 2020, 13:26 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

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