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Bristol Biochemistry Academic Scoops Two Teaching Awards 26 June 2015 The winners of the 2015 Bristol Teaching Awards have been announced on Monday 15th June. The Bristol Teaching Awards are a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol SU (the Students’ Union). The Awards are to recognise the most outstanding members of staff who have delivered exceptional contributions to teaching and supporting students.
  • Bristol Biochemistry Academic Scoops Two Teaching Awards 26 June 2015 The winners of the 2015 Bristol Teaching Awards have been announced on Monday 15th June. The Bristol Teaching Awards are a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol SU (the Students’ Union). The Awards are to recognise the most outstanding members of staff who have delivered exceptional contributions to teaching and supporting students.
  • Human trials of manufactured blood within two years 25 June 2015 The first human trials of lab-produced blood to help create better-matched blood for patients with complex blood conditions has been announced by NHS Blood and Transplant. Research led by scientists at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, used stem cells from adult and umbilical cord blood to create a small volume of manufactured red blood cells.
  • ESCRT-III controls nuclear envelope reformation 4 June 2015 Mitosis is the process by which eukaryotic cells divide up their chromosomes and form two genetically identical daughter cells. It involves a series of highly co-ordinated steps mediated by a plethora of proteins. During the final stages of mitosis (telophase) the nuclear envelope reassembles around the segregated chromosomes in a two-step process first involving the coating of chromatin by membranes from the endoplasmic reticulum followed by annular fusion of these membranes together to create a sealed barrier. Staff and Facilities of the School of Biochemistry collaborated with King's College London to investigate this, culminating in a publication in Nature.
  • Molecular basis of rapamycin insensitivity of Target Of Rapamycin Complex 2 revealed 1 June 2015 In eukaryotes, cell growth and division is stimulated by the availability of nutrients, presence of growth factors and of other cells. One of the key factors controlling cell growths is Target Of Rapamycin (TOR), a conserved, atypical protein kinase which is an important cancer therapeutic target and which is inhibited by the immunosuppressive, anti-proliferative drug rapamycin in complex with the FKBP12 protein. Decreased TOR activity has been found to increase life span in S. cerevisiae, C. elegans and mice. TOR kinase is part of two very large multi-protein complexes: rapamycin-sensitive TOR complex 1 (TORC1) and rapamycin-insensitive TOR complex 2 (TORC2). Why TORC2 is insensitive to rapamycin has been a longstanding mystery in the TOR field. In a paper published by Molecular Cell, this essential question has now been answered.
  • Bristol Biochemistry receives Athena SWAN Bronze Award 15 May 2015
  • Pint of Science 12 May 2015 Several members of the School of Biochemistry's staff and students are discussing their science with the public in pubs across Bristol as part of the national Pint of Science festival taking place 18th-20th May
  • Ribbon Cut by Professor Judith Squires at Official BrisSynBio Opening 7 May 2015 £3.3m research facilities for synthetic biology open in Bristol
  • Wishing farewell and good luck to Dr Mark Bass 20 March 2015 Dr Mark Bass joined the School of Biochemistry in November 2009 as Wellcome Trust funded Research Fellow, and is now moving on to a permanent Lectureship in the University of Sheffield.
  • Key step of protein targeting revealed by high-resolution electron cryo-microscopy 18 March 2015
  • New insights into the wiring of one of nature's nanoscale solar batteries 9 March 2015 A Bristol-Netherlands collaborative study has shown that when it comes to a choice over the route electrons take when tunnelling across a protein in a nanoscale electrical circuit, nature knows best.
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