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Meet a biophysicist – Prof. Brian Sutton!

We continue to celebrate the Biophysics Week! In 2016, the Biophysics Society started an annual Biophysics Week to celebrate and raise the awareness of the field. Check out their website for more information and visit the British Biophysical Society page for the UK based biophysics news!

Here at the Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics, we have many top-notch biophysicists doing amazing research. To shed some light on the biophysics research done at our department, we’ve asked group leaders to share what they do and what got them into this exciting field! Check out what Prof. Brian Sutton has to say about biophysics!

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Meet a biophysicist – Dr. Susan Cox!

It’s Biophysics Week! If the term ‘biophysics’ gets your head scratching, don’t worry – it is very likely you haven’t heard much about it because it’s a relatively new field. As a scientific discipline, biophysics began in the middle of the twentieth century, which is only about sixty years ago! In 1958, the Biophysics Society was founded to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. In 2016, the Biophysics Society started an annual Biophysics Week to celebrate and raise the awareness of the field. Check out their website for more information and visit the British Biophysical Society page for the UK based biophysics news!

Here at the Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics, we have many top-notch biophysicists doing amazing research. To shed some light on the biophysics research done at our department, we’ve asked group leaders to share what they do and what got them into this exciting field! Check out what Dr. Susan Cox has to say about biophysics! Continue reading “Meet a biophysicist – Dr. Susan Cox!”

Through the looking glass – the science and art of mirror symmetry

Written by: Veronica Ilkow & Mateen Wagiet

 

Thursday, 8th February saw the Arcade at Bush House come alive, where a gathering of student structural biologists and crystallographers, under the guidance of Prof Brian Sutton (from the Asthma & Allergy Sub-group within the Randall Centre), to build the world’s first and largest non-periodic tiled pattern one tile at a time.

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A gathering of Darwinians

Written by Mateen Wagiet (2nd Yr. PhD Darwin Trust Scholar)

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Figure 1: Skyline of the Great City of Edinburgh.

 

Founded in 1983 by Sir Kenneth ‘Ken’ Murray FRS FRSE FRCPAth (1930 – 2013) with the purpose of: “promoting education and research in Natural Sciences and in particular Molecular Biology”. The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh was established to support students from outside the UK who wish to study towards a PhD in the UK. Since 2015, the Randall Centre has been the home at KCL offering Darwin Trust studentships for postgraduates from Africa.

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Crisps, CRISPR and the CRISPR-er

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Dr. Jennifer Doudna, one of the leading figures to propose the use of the adaptive bacterial immune mechanism-CRISPR/cas9 for targeted gene editing [1], was invited to King’s College London to deliver a lecture as part of the King’s International Lecture series. Continue reading “Crisps, CRISPR and the CRISPR-er”

Forbidden Symmetry at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

On Sunday the 9th July X-ray crystallographers from the Asthma and Allergy group in the Randall department gathered alongside artist Dr Shelley James to present an exciting exhibition at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. This family-friendly event introduced children and adults alike to the fundamentals of symmetry and ‘forbidden symmetry’. Symmetry operators form the basis of crystallography and were explained using colourful tiles which members of the public arranged in patterns as seen below.

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SPECIAL BROADCAST: Single Cell Biophysics meeting in Taipei

This week, me and a couple of others blogged for the biophysical society from the Single Cell Biophysics meeting in Taipei. Here’s a run down, with links to the blogs:

The first section was about imaging techniques, including structured illumination from Suliana Manley in bacteria, and full automation of super resolution/single molecule microscopy from Masahiro Ueda. Read all about it!

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Randall’s Career’s Day

For the second year running, the annual Randall retreat started with a careers day aimed at PhD’s and postdocs. There was a wide variety of talks including insights into consulting, teaching, startups and entrepreneurship.

Consulting (Oliver Wyman and Deloitte)

Thinking about leaving academia? How about a career in consulting? Elinor, Nacho and Abinav explained what it entails:

  • Consulting involves providing expert advice to a wide variety of clients
  • Benefits: Flexible career paths, collaborative environment
  • Skills required: data handling and problem solving, confident with presenting

Entrpreneurship (Andrei Luchici)

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The Francis Crick Institute opened this week

The Francis Crick Institute opened this week. With an estimated construction budget of £700 million (£40 million from King’s College London) and an annual projected budget of £130 million. It is a site to see coming out of King’s Cross station. I had the good fortune of accompanying my supervisor to the Crick to visit their Magnetic Resonance Facility in the depths of the 4th basement floor.

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