Prestigious grant for Bateson Centre Director

A zebrafish

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Renshaw, Director of our Bateson Centre - the world’s first Centre for Lifecourse Biology, who has been awarded over £220,000 in funding for vital research aiming to combat infectious diseases.

Professor Renshaw’s grant will be used to develop the use of zebrafish to investigate a range of infections caused by fungi, bacteria and mycobacteria, the cause of tuberculosis, making a valuable contribution to the fight against antibiotic resistance.

While our scientists have already carried out groundbreaking studies in this area, the grant will create an innovative laboratory space for researchers involved in similar projects to work in close proximity to each other, sharing their findings and expertise.

Professor Stephen Renshaw

This will be the UK’s first laboratory dedicated to this kind of infection research using zebrafish, which are crucial in this research as their immune systems function in a similar way to human immunity.

The facility will be based at our University’s Bateson Centre, the world’s first dedicated centre for Lifecourse Biology. Central to the understanding and treatment of disease, Lifecourse Biology is the study of lifelong processes of change including growth, remodelling, degeneration and repair.

The award is part of the highly competitive Laboratory Refurbishment Scheme, funded by the Wolfson Foundation and administered by the Royal Society, a world-renowned academy which recognises excellence in science.

Professor Renshaw said: "I am delighted to have been granted this award. Sheffield has pioneered the use of zebrafish as an infection model and is leading the world in using these models to find new treatments for infections that are becoming resistant to existing antibiotics.

"This refurbishment will bring together all zebrafish infection work in one lab, creating the UK's first dedicated multi-user zebrafish infection lab and allowing everyone to benefit from closer collaboration and shared approaches and tools.”