seminars

MBB hosts on average 3-4 seminars a month (usually Wednesday 1pm during term) by a range of guest speakers with expertise covering all areas of molecular biology and biotechnology. Unless stated otherwise all students, academics and staff are welcome to attend.

Seminar programme for academic year 2015-2016:

October Wed 14th:

Ben Engel - in situ cryo-electron tomography

Exploring molecular landscapes inside cells with in situ cryo-electron tomography

Ben Engel
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich
Wednesday October 14th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Dr Matt Johnson

October Wed 28th:

Kornelius Zeth - membrane permeabilization by antimicrobial peptides

The onset of membrane permeabilization by antimicrobial peptides: Lessons From studies on human cathelicidin and dermcidin

Kornelius Zeth
University of Roskilde, Denmark
Wednesday October 28th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Dr Egbert Hoiczyk

November Wed 4th:

Lucy Weinert - zoonotic pathogen genome reduction

Replicated transitions from carriage to disease is associated with genome reduction in a zoonotic pathogen         

Lucy Weinert
Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
Wednesday November 4th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Dr Roy Chaudhuri

November Mon 9th:

Sir Richard Roberts - Nobel Prize Lecture

Nobel Prize Lecture
A crime against humanity

Sir Richard Roberts
New England Biolabs
Monday November 9th at 6 pm in Firth Hall (admission by ticket only)

November Wed 11th:

Michaela Frye - discovery of the epitranscriptome

Discovery of the epitranscriptome: From RNA chemistry to translational research 

Michaela Frye
Cambridge MRC Stem Cell Institute
Wednesday November 11th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Stuart Wilson

November Wed 18th:

Prof Jules Hoffmann - Nobel Prize Lecture

Nobel Prize Lecture and Krebs Institute Lecture
The innate immune response: from insects to animals

Prof Jules Hoffmann
Strasbourg University
Wednesday November 18th at 6 pm in Firth Hall (admission by ticket only)

November Wed 25th:

Guillaume Charras - oriented tissue growth in epithelial monolayers

Biophysical mechanisms of oriented tissue growth in epithelial monolayers

Guillaume Charras
Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London
Wednesday November 25th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Dr Jeremy Craven

November Wed 25th:

Sir Paul Nurse - Nobel Prize Lecture

Nobel Prize Lecture
Great ideas of biology

Sir Paul Nurse
Francis Crick Institute, London
Wednesday November 25th at 6 pm in Firth Hall (admission by ticket only)

December Wed 2nd:

Rainer Breitling - synthetic biology of natural products

Computational tools for the synthetic biology of natural products

Rainer Breitling
University of Manchester
Wednesday December 2nd at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof David Hornby

December Wed 9th:

Jan Löwe - bacterial actin MreB

Bacterial actin MreB

Jan Löwe
MRC Lab of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
Wednesday December 9th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Simon Foster

December Wed 16th:

Nigel Scrutton - quantum biology

Quantum Biology

Nigel Scrutton
University of Manchester
Wednesday December 16th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof David Hornby

January Wed 20th:

Arno Alpi - RBR ubiquitin ligases

Ubiquitin-signalling: Mechanism and Biology of RBR ubiquitin ligases

Arno Alpi
MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, Dundee
Wednesday January 20th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Alastair Goldman

February Fri 5th:

Steve West - coupling of transcription and mRNA maturation

Lister Fellowship Presentation
Introduction by Sir Alex Markham (University of Leeds), followed by:

The functional coupling of transcription and mRNA maturation in human cells
Steve West
MBB, University of Sheffield
Friday Feb 5th at 12:30 pm in MBB F2

February Wed 10th:

Peter Rich - Krebs Memorial Lecture

The Krebs Memorial Lecture

The pathways and molecular machines of life's energy supply: from Warburg to Mitchell and beyond
Peter Rich
University College London
Wednesday February 10th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Neil Hunter

February Wed 17th:

Nick Proudfoot FRS - William Ferdinand Memorial Lecture

The 30th William Ferdinand Memorial Lecture

Defining transcription units across the human genome
Nick Proudfoot FRS
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford
Wednesday February 17th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Alastair Goldman

February Wed 24th:

Katherine Fawcett - Mendelian neurological diseases

Genetic studies of Mendelian neurological diseases

Katherine Fawcett
MRC Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford
Wednesday February 24th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Dr Ian Sudbery

March Wed 2nd:

Simon Lane - spindle assembly checkpoint in oocytes

The Spindle Assembly Checkpoint in oocytes: What it’s good for and what it’s not

Simon Lane
University of Southampton
Wednesday March 2nd at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Alastair Goldman

March Wed 9th:

Liz Sockett - bacterial predation

The West Riding Lecture

Mechanisms and applications of bacterial predation
Liz Sockett
University of Nottingham
Wednesday March 9th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Robert Poole

March Wed 16th:

Ann Dalton - personalised medicine

The Roper Lecture

Personalised medicine - is it for you?
Ann Dalton
Sheffield Genetic Diagnostic Service
Wednesday March 16th at 4 pm in Alfred Denny Lecture Theatre 1

Host: Prof Pete Sudbery

April Wed 13th:

Nigel Scrutton - quantum biology

Quantum Biology (postponed from last semester)

Nigel Scrutton
University of Manchester
Wednesday April 13th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Dave Hornby

April Wed 20th:

MBB Post-doc Seminar

Post-doc Seminar

From weed to wheat-improving abiotic and biotic stress resilience in crops
Lee Hunt (Gray lab)

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The development of novel herbicides using high-resolution X-ray crystallography
Claudine Bisson (Rice lab)
Wednesday April 20th at 1pm in MBB F2

April Wed 27th:

Neil Brockdorff - gene silencing by Xist RNA

Gene silencing by Xist RNA in X chromosome inactivation

Neil Brockdorff
University of Oxford
Wednesday April 27th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Stuart Wilson

May Wed 4th:

Michelle Peckham - stable single alpha helices

What a difference a SAH makes: understanding how stable single alpha helices contribute to protein function

Michelle Peckham
University of Leeds
Wednesday May 4th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Prof Mike Williamson

May Wed 11th:

Buzz Baum - origins of eukaryotic cell division

The origins and mechanics of eukaryotic cell division

Buzz Baum
University College London
Wednesday May 11th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Dr Lynda Partridge

May Wed 18th:

Melinda Duer - heavy mice and lighter things

PhD Society Lecture

Heavy mice and lighter things: using NMR spectroscopy to understand the chemistry of tissues

Melinda Duer
University of Cambridge
Wednesday May 18th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Angus Robertson

May Fri 20th:

Saverio Brogna - the meaning of gene expression

MBB Soc Lecture

The meaning of gene expression: translate or perish

Saverio Brogna
Birmingham University
Friday May 20th at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Sam Weston

June Wed 8th:

Nicola Stanley-Wall - Building a biofilm raincoat

Building a biofilm raincoat

Nicola Stanley-Wall
University of Dundee
Wednesday June 8 at 1 pm in MBB F2

Host: Dr Robert Fagan