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Poster Prize Win

5 January 2015

Ricky Cain, was awarded the ‘participant’s prize’ at the RSC-BMCS 8th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Symposium for Postgraduates, attended by over 150 people, which was held in the Chemistry Department at Cambridge University on 12th December 2014.

The ‘participant’s prize’ is awarded to the best poster as voted for by the conference attendees.

Ricky, who is working under the supervision of Prof. Colin Fishwick, was awarded the prize for his poster, describing his work identifying novel inhibitors of metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs). His medicinal chemistry project combines computational design and synthetic chemistry in an interdisciplinary environment.

December graduation 2014

23 December 2014

Congratulations to everyone who was awarded their degree at the recent ceremony.

Students from our Undergraduate and taught MSc courses received their degrees together with a number of people who had completed study for a PhD. Family and friends met staff at a reception held in the School after the ceremony.

Exceptional PhD Research

11 December 2014

Valeria Azzarito has been formally commended by the University for the excellence of her thesis research.

Valeria’s thesis examiners described her work, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Wilson and Dr Warriner, to be of outstanding novelty and quality. They go on to state that: “the range of experiments performed by Ms Azzarito, is seldom if ever performed by a single individual – it is testament to Ms Azzarito’s excellence that she was able to define and perform this challenging experimental program in order to deliver.”

Well done Valeria!

Water, Water Everywhere....

9 December 2014

A recent article in the journal Environmental Microbiology points out the importance of water activity when considering microbiological habitable zones and geological conditions suitable for the emergence of life.

The article, “Multiplication of microbes below 0.690 water activity: implications for terrestrial and extraterrestrial life,” co-authored by Terry Kee, has also been the subject of a NASA news story and has been recommended as being of special significance in its field by Faculty of 1000, being selected for F1000Prime

First Prize!

18 November 2014

Christopher Hone from the Institute of Process Research and Development was awarded First Prize for Combined Oral and Poster Presentation at the SCI Early Career Research Meeting in Chester.

Chris received the award for his presentation on “Rate-based Experimental Design using Continuous Flow Reactors”. The research is funded by the EPSRC, University of Leeds and AstraZeneca, and involves developing a new approach for the design of scaled-up continuous flow processes from small scale experiments.

The meeting took place on the 6th of November and showcased work from universities and regional science and engineering companies. The event was co-organised by the SCI Process Engineering Group and the SCI Liverpool and North West Section. Second place prize was awarded to Radhika Bava from the University of Chester. The event concluded with the SCI Henry Armstrong Memorial Lecture from Dr Ian Wilson (University of Cambridge) titled “Soft Solids are Hard Work”.

More information about the event can be found

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