PhD student 3rd year symposium winners 2014

Congratulations to Sarah Palmer (Ayscough and Winder labs) and Katie Baldwin (Whitworth lab) who both won prizes in this year's 3rd year symposium presentations.

Sarah Palmer won the "Pride of Sheffield" prize for the best talk. Katie Balwin won the "Marmite" prize for a stimulating talk that generated the most discussion.

  • Sarah's presentation was titled 'Investigating the Mechanisms and Function of the Dynamin - Actin Interaction.'
  • Katie's presentation was titled 'Investigating the role of RNA binding proteins in fly models of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.'

More about Sarah: My research investigates how binding of the GTPase dynamin to the actin cytoskeleton is involved in cellular processes. These cellular processes include the endocytic recycling of synaptic vesicles and the movement of cells through tissues such as in cancer cell migration. Initially, this began with using Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the dynamin homologue Vps1, examining its interaction with actin during endocytosis. Following on from what we have learnt using the yeast model I am now investigating this interaction in mammalian cell endocytosis as well as cell migration and invasion. I completed a biochemistry degree at the University of Bristol in 2011 and now, coming to the end of my PhD, I intend to apply for post-doctoral jobs. I have found that the regulation of the actin cytoskeleton in cellular processes is fascinating and I hope to continue investigating these mechanisms during my research career.

More about Katie: I use Drosophila to model the motor neuron disease, ALS. I'm principally involved in exploring the state of axonal transport of mitochondria, synaptic vesicles and RNA in our models to see how this relates to disease pathogenesis. I'm originally from London, I did my undergrad in Medical Genetics at Leicester, whilst there I took a year in industry at the Sanger Institute studying deafness before doing my 3rd year project at Leicester where I was introduced to Drosophila genetics and neurodegenerative disease research, which I enjoyed so much I decided to come to Sheffield to do a PhD. In the future I hope to continue studying neurodegenerative diseases.