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Researchers in the School of Life Sciences have been awarded substantial funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The grants, worth £1.712m to the University of Warwick, will support cutting-edge research in environmental microbiology, crop evolution and facilities improvement.
New four year undergraduate Masters in Biosciences (MBio) courses approved
Eight new integrated masters courses have been launched in the School of Life Sciences. The courses build on our current 3-year undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry and Medical Microbiology and Virology in order to provide our highest achieving students the opportunity to complete an integrated masters in biology through a 4th year of study. The fourth year is primarily focused on the development of professional research skills. Current undergraduates are being offered the opportunity to transfer onto the new degrees from the next academic year and the courses will be advertised for direct entry through UCAS from 2015.
These courses are designed to provide our students with the research skills needed to succeed in academic and industrial research. Students will either undertake the fourth year of their degree in industry or within the School of Life Sciences. Students undertaking the MBio in the School will complete an extended 27-week laboratory project supervised by a research academic. This work will be supplemented by a Research Skills module, covering the laboratory and data handling skills that are required for success as a modern scientist. Students will also take part in seminars and journal clubs relating to their degree stream, and will choose a masters level module relating to their discipline, from our existing MSc courses.
For more information see www.warwick.ac.uk/uglifesci
Dr Christophe Corre, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, discusses novel antibiotic discovery in the Royal Society’s latest Café Scientifique.
Arabidopsis embryo cell image commended by British Society of Cell Biology
An image by Mistianne Feeney was 'highly commended' in the British Society of Cell Biology Image competition 2014. The image shows Arabidopsis thaliana embryo cells imaged by confocal microscopy. The plasma membrane is stained with FM4-64 (shown in red) and the lumen of seed vacuoles autofluoresce (shown in blue).
Mistianne Feeney received her PhD (2011) in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr Lorenzo Frigerio, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick.
Sophie Piquerez, Alex Jones and Vardis Ntoukakis describe a protocol for the purification and characterization of plant protein complexes in the latest Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) video. Using Nicotiana benthamiana and the tomato Prf/Pto complex as a model, they demonstrate that by immunoprecipitating a single protein within a complex, they can identify its post-translational modifications and its interacting partners.
Exploring the final frontiers of knowledge...
Rachel Warmington, a second year PhD student at Warwick Crop Centre was featured in The Independent on Wednesday 20th February. The article by Jessica Moore entitled ‘Explore the final frontiers of knowledge’ shows how postgraduates undertaking niche research projects can affect real change:
‘My research could have a significant impact’, acknowledges Rachel Warmington, 34. Her PhD at the University of Warwick explores soil treatments to control a major crop disease that attacks around 400 different plant species – including potatoes, carrots, beans and rape. ‘Crop diseases are becoming increasingly resistant to chemicals, so we need new methods and techniques, otherwise we’re not going to have any food left to eat.’
Rachel, who is funded by the Horticultural Development Company (HDC), was recently awarded the Marsh Horticultural Science Award for 2013. The Award, run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, recognizes the work of and encourages new postgraduate scientists to develop careers in horticultural science.
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