HRH Duke of Kent visits synthetic biology centre25 November 2016HRH Duke of Kent met staff and students at the University of Bristol’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre recently and saw some of the exciting and pioneering research being carried out there.
Women in STEMM day, November 16th 201621 November 2016Following on from the success of the ‘Ada Lovelace Day’ event from last year, the Equality and Diversity Office organised a ‘Women in STEMM’ day, which the School of Biochemistry were proud to be part of. Approximately 80-90 Year 8 and 9 pupils attended the event to listen to inspirational talks (one of which was given by Professor Kate Nobes), take part in a poster competition and visit a range of demonstrations.
MultiBacTAG: Unlocking Protein Complex Chemical Space28 October 2016Genetic code expansion (GCE) is a powerful method to incorporate artificial amino acids into polypeptide chains to create synthetic proteins with novel functions, with many applications ranging from discovery science to molecular medicine.
The Dynamic Cell - Einstein's Garden4 October 2016Each year, the Green Man festival welcomes festival goers to Einstein’s Garden, where they can experience installations and exhibits inspired by science and nature. This year, in partnership with Einstein’s Garden and in collaboration with Emma Powell, puppet maker, a team from Biochemistry and BrisSynBio created the exhibit ‘Dynamic Cell’.
Biochemistry away day 201627 September 2016Robots, submarines, virtual reality DNA and curly arrows… these were just some of the topics covered at the University of Bristol’s Biochemistry away day on 6th September 2016, which saw the whole School coming together to share ideas, games and some much appreciated sunshine.
Unravelling the biology of parkinsonism22 August 2016Scientists have taken another step towards understanding the causes of parkinsonism by identifying what's happening at a cellular level to potentially help develop future treatments.
Soapbox Science in Bristol18 August 2016Soapbox Science is a public outreach initiative aimed at promoting female scientists and the varied and fascinating research they do. Events take place in cities across the country, and this year the Bristol event covered everything from ‘Is stress killing your brain cells?’ to ‘The Magic of Mushrooms: could mushrooms be the solution to antibiotic resistance?’ to ‘Designing vaccine delivery systems using synthetic biology.’
Bring out your Dead: How Cell Corpses Help Train the Immune System27 May 2016Engulfing the corpses of dead cells is an important “rite of passage” for macrophages, a type of white blood cell that forms part of the innate immune system. The biochemical changes that occur inside macrophages after consuming apoptotic cells primes them for tackling challenges like cuts and bacterial infection.
This research, published recently in the journal Cell, was led by Dr Helen Weavers from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.
An enzyme enigma discovered in the abyss12 May 2016Scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Newcastle have uncovered the secret of the ‘Mona Lisa of chemical reactions’ – in a bacterium that lives at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. It is hoped the discovery could lead to the development of new antibiotics and other medical treatments.
A CRISPR view of MultiBac4 May 2016Multigene delivery and subsequent cellular expression is a key technology for a wide range of applications in biology including structural research, cellular reprogramming and functional pharmaceutical screening. The construction of multigene circuits in mammalian cells is a core concept in synthetic biology and requires efficient delivery of complex heterologous DNA. For certain cell types including widely used HEK293 and HeLa cells, this can be achieved by plasmid-based transfection. However, a large number of cell lines and particularly primary cells are recalcitrant to plasmid transfection, thus requiring a different approach. Primary cells are a central focus of current biological research efforts and multigene delivery in primary cells is highly desirable, but suitable tools were markedly lacking to date.
Pint of Science returns to Bristol27 April 2016Pint of Science returns for another year bringing cutting edge research to pubs all over Bristol. Bristol Biochemistry has contributed speakers and organisers over the years and Bristol Biochemistry postgrad Adam Jellett is one of this years' organisers.
Researchers to investigate the origins of bile duct cancer 9 March 2016Dr Kevin Gaston and Dr Sebastian Oltean at the University of Bristol are working with counterparts at the University of Birmingham and the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Thailand to identify new ways of detecting and treating a form of bile duct cancer that is claiming more and more lives in the UK and across South-East Asia.
Biochemistry B-floor Labs Opening29 February 2016Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel and Imre Berger, two recent additions to the School of Biochemistry, hosted a gathering celebrating the refurbishment of the new Berger-Schaffitzel laboratories on B-floor