Dr Jon Shaw

Inaugural UK - Mexico Visiting Chair, Dr Jon Shaw

The UK- MX- visiting chair was established in an effort to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between Higher Education Institutes in Mexico and the United Kingdom. The mobility grant allows travel between 12 UK and 12 Mexican universities for a research visit of up to two weeks through generous funding from La Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID) and participating Higher Education Institutions.

As part of the UK - Mexico Visiting Chair programme, Dr Jonathan Shaw, Reader in Microbiology & Departmental Director of Learning & Teaching in the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease, visited the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City and Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) in Toluca, in October and November 2016. His research focuses on the understanding of bacterial pathogenesis at a molecular and mechanistic level, in relation to colonisation factors, secreted products and physiology.

Saturday October 29th Arrived in Mexico City.
Monday October 31st: Travelled to Instituto Nacional de la Atmosfera at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Delivered a lecture on the pathogenicity factors of Aeromonas species and answered questions on our research. Toured their facilities and discussed the research carried out there and the application of our expertise to their research activities.
Tuesday November 1st to Wednesday November 2nd Travelled to Texcoco. Discussed potential projects of mutual interest and possible for funding to support these activities.
Thursday November 3rd Travelled back to Mexico City. Met with students at National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and discussed their research.
Friday November 4th At National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) took part in an International mini symposium where I delivered a lecture on the regulation of Aeromonas motility then took part in a question and answer session and met staff at IPN and toured their facilities.
Saturday November 5th Met with students from Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologia at IPN to discuss their research, practice their English and for them to have an informal meeting with an International scientist to talk about their ideas, studying abroad and my research.
Sunday November 6th Travelled to the city of Toluca in the state of Mexico.
Monday November 7th Met with colleagues at the Autonomous University of the state of Mexico (UAEM) in Toluca. Visted the University, toured the facilities, and discussed research plans. I delivered a lecture on Aeromonas glycosylation systems. Toured their research and fish infection facilities.
Tuesday November 8th Went to Malinalco to tour local trout farms, an important staple of the local agricultural industry. Discussed fish diseases and potential of collaborating.
Wednesday November 9th raveled back from Toluca to Mexico City.
Thursday November 10th Went back to Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologia at IPN and delivered a second lecture on the pathogenic Neisseria and their role in infectious disease.
Friday November 11th Took part in the presentations of the research groups of Dr Lourdes Villa and Dr Cesar Heenandez on the pathogenic Candida. Then chaired a mini-symposium composed of eight students.

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UK-Mexico Chair: call for application 2017

The UK-Mexico Visiting Chair mobility grant allows travel between 12 UK and 12 Mexican universities, in an effort to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between HEI’s in Mexico and the UK. The Visiting Chair provides successful applicants with mobility funding for a research visit of up to two weeks to visit a new potential collaborator in the UK or Mexico.
Full details of the UK Mexico Visiting Chair mobility grant 2017
Mexico Visiting Chair application form 2017
Application deadline: Friday 18th August 2017
Completed applications should be submitted to Danielle Bertrand danielle.bertrand@sheffield.ac.uk

UK Higher Education Institutions

1. Bristol University
2. Durham University
3. King's College London
4. University College London
5. University of Birmingham
6. University of Edinburgh
7. University of Leeds
8. University of Nottingham
9. University of Manchester
10. University of Sheffield
11. University of Southampton
12. University of Warwick

Mexico Higher Education Institutions

1. Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM)
2. Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC)
3. Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL)
4. Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM)
5. Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY)
6. Iberoamericana University (UIA)
7. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM)
8. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
9. National Polytechnic Institute (IPN)
10. University of Guadalajara (UDG)
11. University of Guanajuato (UG)
12. University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP)

Contact us:
The University's membership of the UK - Mexico Chair is managed within Global Engagement. Please contact Danielle Bertrand for any queries relating to the programme.
Email: danielle.bertrand@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 1247