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September 2022

We are advertising a MRC GW4 PhD studentship for a 2023 start!

We have an exciting, inter-disciplinary PhD project available on the brilliant MRC-funded GW4 DTP Programme for a September 2023 start. If you're interested in exploring the impact of microplastics on human and animal tissues, including the immune system, then please check out our project description here!

 

We will integrate in vivo animal models with in vitro analyses of human cells, and engage with chemists to test novel bioplastic alternatives. Please contact us if you'd like to hear more about our ideas!

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July 2022

A bumper week: PhD students Tua, Jack and Beth win prizes for their research talks!

Huge congratulations to PhD students Tua Karling and Jack Holcombe, who this week were awarded first and runner up prizes (respectively) in our Department's 3rd year PhD Research Talks. Beth Sawyer, another PhD student in the lab, was also awarded first prize for her 3MT talk at the Summer NC3Rs Conference.

 

Very well done to you all!

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April 2022

Our image featured on the cover of Development!

We are delighted to have contributed to the special issue in Development on "The Immune System in Development and Regeneration" by providing an image for the cover entitled 'phagocytosis-in-action'.

 

Using live confocal microscopy in vivo, the image captures Drosophila macrophages in the process of clearing apoptotic corpses during tissue sculpting in embryonic development.

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April 2022

Our latest review on tissue resilience is out!

We're honoured to have been invited to contribute to this month's special issue on "Hormesis and Dose Response" for Current Opinion in Toxicology.

 

In our review "The role of preconditioning in the development of resilience: Mechanistic insights" we discuss the latest advances in our understanding of the remarkable phenomenon known as 'preconditioning'.

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April 2021

We are recruiting a MRC-funded post-doc - available for a July 2021 start!

We have a new MRC-funded Post-doctoral position available in the Weavers and Martin labs at the University of Bristol, for someone with a keen interest in studying the mechanisms underlying immune cell extravasation from vessels to wounds. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional project in collaboration with Prof Sussan Nourshargh (QMUL, where a related post-doc position is also available for murine studies here) and Bristol Population Health.

Applications are now open!  Please see our advert here.

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April 2021

Our new paper on stress resilience in metabolically-active renal tissues is out!

We're thrilled to share our latest study on how metabolically active renal tissues in Drosophila resist endogenous oxidative and genotoxic insults. Online today in Development!

Read it here!  Also see the Research Highlight on our study "Stressing the importance of cytoprotection during development".
 

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November 2020

We are recruiting a fully-funded 3 year PhD student for a 2021 start!

We're thrilled that we have been awarded a NC3Rs PhD studentship (see the news release here) to work on a multi-disciplinary project studying chronic inflammatory lung conditions. Please see our online advertisement here.

Please contact us directly if you are interested in chatting about this exciting new project!

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September 2020

Two new PhD students in the lab!

We're delighted that we have two brilliant students joining the lab this term for their PhDs - Tua Karling and Harry Young welcome to the team!

We had socially distanced drinks outside in the beautiful gardens to celebrate!

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6 July 2020

Our new review is out!

After many years in the making....interrupted by fellowship applications and setting up the new lab....delighted that our review on "The Cell Biology of Inflammation" is published!

https://rupress.org/jcb/article/219/7/e202004003/151857/The-cell-biology-of-inflammation-From-common

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18 November 2019

Our image on the cover!

Thrilled that we have got our image on the front cover of this week's Current Biology! This issue has our new paper on the mechanisms driving injury-induced tissue 'resilience' too!

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)31197-2

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24 October 2019

Our new study is online!

We're excited that our new paper on the mechanisms driving injury-induced tissue 'resilience' is now out online in Current Biology!

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)31197-2

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21 October 2019

Our new PhD student Jack Holcombe starts!

Jack has moved into the world of fruitflies after a Masters year in St Andrews studying regeneration in Amphioxus! Jack is now a PhD student funded by the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust and a member of the GW4 MRC-funded Doctoral Training Programme.

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23 September 2019

Our new Masters students Tua and Emma start!

Tua recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester, where she was introduced to the wonders of Drosophila! Tua is now studying immune cell migration in complex 3D environments as an MRes student.

Emma is studying for her MSci degree here in the School of Biochemistry and gaining some research experience with us using lots of live-imaging and genetics in Drosophila.

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2 July 2019

Invited seminar at the UK Cell Adhesion Society Meeting!

Medical School, University of Birmingham

Another brilliant day hearing many inspiring talks and meeting new potential collaborators!

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11 June 2019

Invited seminar at the Royal Society Meeting of Minds!

Brilliant day hearing lots of exciting, inspiring talks and meeting new potential collaborators!

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15 April 2019

Invited seminar in the "Pioneers in Cell Dynamics and Imaging" Series at the University of Munster!

Wonderful trip hearing about lots of cutting-edge research and exploring this beautiful city!

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5 April 2019

Invited seminar at the Immunological Memory Conference!

British Society for Immunology, Kings College London

Brilliant day hearing lots of exciting, inspiring talks!

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9 February 2019

Meeting new potential students at the University of Bristol UCAS Open Day!

We had posters, microscopes and even fluorescent fruit flies!

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October 2018

2 exciting PhD projects for October 2019 start!

 

Interested in state-of-the-art live imaging and genetic approaches in Drosophila and want to learn techniques in human genetic epidemiology?

We have 2 exciting PhD projects available on the GW4 BioMed DTP and South West Biosciences DTP PhD schemes for someone with a keen interest in developmental biology, inflammation or tissue repair. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional project in collaboration with Bristol Population Health Science Institute and Cardiff University.

Applications will close late November (GW4 BioMed) and early December (SWBio).

Further information about the project and how to apply:

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=101742  (SWBioDTP)

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=101684 (GW4 BioMedDTP)

I'm happy to receive informal enquiries by email if you want further details.

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26 September 2018

Exciting PhD opportunity under GW4BioMedDTP for Oct 2019 start!

We have an exciting PhD project available on the GW4 BioMed DTP PhD scheme for someone with a keen interest in developmental biology, inflammation or tissue repair. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary project integrating state-of-the-art imaging and genetics in Drosophila with human genetic epidemiology studies.

Applications will open on Monday 24th September 2018 and will close at 5:00pm on Friday 23rd November 2018.

Please see this link for further info and how to apply. I'm happy to receive informal enquiries by email if you want further details.

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27 June 2018

We are recruiting a post-doc!

We have a post-doc position available (for 3 years in the first instance) for someone with a keen interest in developmental biology, inflammation or tissue repair. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary project integrating state-of-the-art imaging and genetics in Drosophila with human genetic epidemiology studies.

Please see this link for further info and how to apply. I'm happy to receive informal enquiries by email if you want further details.

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25 June 2018

Our new Journal of Cell Biology paper is online!

Our recent work, by PhD student Leila Thuma, developing a new Drosophila pupal model to study immune cell extravasation from vessels to wounds is now published online.

http://jcb.rupress.org/content/early/2018/06/25/jcb.201801013

Image credit: Dr Leila Thuma

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14 June 2018

Our new JoVE video is online!

Curious how we prepare our Drosophila pupae for in vivo time-lapse imaging of tissue repair and the accompanying inflammatory response? See our latest JoVE method video:

https://www.jove.com/video/57871/long-term-vivo-tracking-inflammatory-cell-dynamics-within-drosophila

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13 June 2018

Visit to Royal Society & Buckingham Palace!

Wonderful afternoon meeting other new Research Fellows supported by The Royal Society and talking science with The Duke of York during a delicious afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace!

Excited to attend future events hosted by The Royal Society once my Fellowship starts in September!