Gibson Group News
PhD in Biosciences
PhD studentships funded by the Midlands Integrative Biological Training programme, which can be based in the Gibson Lab are available. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mibtp/pgstudy/phd_opportunities/molecular_mechanisms or email MIG for more information.
1 Year PDRA Vacancy
We have a joint PDRA position with the Bon Group available for 1 year.
The position involves colloid chemistry and physics. Apply online or contact me with a copy (2 pages) of your CV and motivation letter.
Welcome to IAS Fellow
An IAS (Institute of Advanced Study) Research fellow is joining Warwick and will be based in our lab, working on a number of collaborative projects: Dr Gemma-Louise Davis. (Previously of Oxford and Trinity, Dublin). She will be working on biomedical imaging technology and work closely with our group, along with colleagues in the Medical School and Engineering.
3 New Masters Students Start
A warm welcome to our new MChem Students working in our Labs this year
Barry Mason - Structuring ice with antifreeze (glyco)protein mimics
Robert Keogh - Inhibition of Bacterial Glycosyltransferases
4 New PhD Students Start
A warm welcome to our new PhD students starting in the group, on a range of exciting projects;
Benjamin Martyn - Re-enginering stem cell surface glycosylation
Sang Ho Won - Nanoparticles for biomedical imaging
Richard Lowery - Carbohydrate metabolism
Lewis Blackman - Adaptive and Biochemically Responsive Nanostructures
Paper Accepted in Polymer Chemistry
Our paper 'Glutathione-Triggered Disassembly of Isothermally Responsive Polymer Nanoparticles obtained by Nanoprecipitation of Hydrophilic Polymers' has been accepted in RSC journal, Polymer Chemistry. This paper wascollaborative effort with the O'Reilly Group providing excellent graphene oxide/Cryo TEM imaging of the particles.
In this work we overcome the problem that to form nanoparticles you need a hydrophobic polymer (to prevent it just dissolving), but need it to respond to a specific intracellular stimulus to enable release of a drug at the site of action. We overcame this by designing glutathione responsive polymers, which become hydrophillic when exposed to the intracellular environment, but remain hydrophobic (and hence a nanoparticle) in the circulation.
New Group Members
A bit late, but welcome to new GibsonLab Members:
Yunhua Chen - PDRA joint with Stefan Bon working on Functional Colloids
Amar Dhokia - AS:MIT student working jointly with Joseph Lewandowski on solid state NMR
Mary Liliman - Polymer MSc Students working on fully resorbable functional polymers
Gibson Group's work highlighted in Chemistry World
In a feature article in Chemistry World - the Royal Society of Chemistry's monthly Magazine, work by the Gibson Group on synthetic alternatives to Antifreeze Proteins is highlighted.