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First outing of the LSIBC

6 April 2017

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Congratulations to Sarah for winning a CSAR Award!

13 March 2017

Every year the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) recognises outstanding research in any discipline conducted by PhD students currently studying at the University of Cambridge. This year Sarah Madden was one of 12 students to be awarded this prestigious prize for her work on developing a drug against cancer using stable forms of omomyc. Read more...

 

 

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Congratulations to Grasilda and Wenshu for reeling in poster prizes at the 2016 PPIs conference!

12 December 2016

 At a recent conference on Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs), hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Grasilda Zenkeviciute and Wenshu Xu successfully defended their posters on targeting PPIs using macrocyclic peptides. Grasilda received the ChemBioChem/Wiley-VCH Poster Presentation Award and Wenshu was awarded the Chemical Science Poster Prize.

 

Christmas Party Shenanigans

7 December 2016

 

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Congratulations to Sonja for completing her PhD!

26 October 2016

Sonja submitted her thesis on the 9th of September, which of course was duly celebrated by a lunch at Seven Days. Right after passing her viva, more than a month later, we gathered with a very happy Dr. Sonja Dunbar in the tea room for champagne and cakes. To ensure that she will never forget the ups and downs of her β-catenin work one of her leaving presents was a small and very cute Armadillo. Since finishing her work in the lab she became a Teaching By-Fellow at Churchill College and moved to the Department of Plant Sciences to create teaching resources for undergraduates. 

 

Elin moves to The Other Place

1 September 2016

We all knew the day had to come eventually that Elin would leave the Itzhaki group. Originally, Elin joined the lab for a summer internship in 2009. She then conducted her Diploma Thesis project with Laura, before fully joining as a PhD student in 2010 to investigate degradation of repeat proteins. After successfully completing her PhD, Elin stayed on as a post-doc researching different ways to assemble repeat proteins into macromolecular structures using metal ions.

Soon after she accepted a position as a Senior Scientist with Immunocore Ltd., Oxford, the mad rush of finishing off experiments started. The only thing we could do was to ensure that she left in "Itzhaki style". Laura invited the whole lab for a garden party and as usual we celebrated by having a massive pot-luck dinner with foods from all over the world. The weather held up nicely and we spent a few enjoyable hours reminiscing around the bonfire.

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A summer full of students and excursions

June - August 2016

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As summers go, we have had quite a busy one! This year we hosted altogether 4 summer students who were with us for varying lengths of time. Arthur Whyley, a GCSE student from Cottenham Village College, joined Pam to gain first-hand experience of what science can be like. The other three interns were undergraduates that we stole away from the North for a short period of time.

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Rory Wilson, who had done an internship with us during his A-levels, came back for a couple of weeks. He is now in his second year at the University of York reading Biology. Anna Chaplin, studying Biomedicine, decided to exchange the Durham weather for the (warmer) Cambridgeshire climes. Lastly, we hosted Sasha Eremina, a biochemist from Edinburgh. She was successful in securing an Amgen Scholarship and stayed with us for two months. Check out her video A day in the life of an Amgen Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Thanks to all four of you for joining us this summer - it was great to have you around and a pleasure to teach you!

This year, it was rather difficult to organise a single joint summer outing at which all members were present. Hence, we simply had a few spread out over the summer. In late June, Owen organised some of the Darwin College punts for half a day. Most of us packed their lunch and out we went to the Grantchester Meadows. At the beginning of August, some of us managed to go back to Sheringham for the day. Of course, there were also more sneaky ice cream outings than we can count. However else is one supposed to enjoy good weather when it comes around?!

  

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Congratulations to Wenshu for completing her PhD!

13 June 2016

After a few months of writing up in a noisy office, Wenshu finally submitted her thesis at the end of May. A couple of weeks and some last-minute panics later she also passed her viva with flair. Of course, the whole lab celebrated Itzhaki-style: with Champagne and a full-blown Chinese lunch @72 on Regent Street. Now, Wenshu is ploughing through the corrections and will soon have to make the most important decision of all: which colour to chose for the binding?

  

Sunshine = Ice cream

5 May 2016

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Some of us managed to get out of the lab to enjoy some authentic Italian ice cream. During the 15 min we were sitting there, a punting guide mistook us for tourists and offered us a punt tour - a too common occurrence in the City Centre of Cambridge.

Photo credit: Ewan MacAulay

 

 

 

    

Congratulations to Zhen Du for securing a Herchel Smith PhD studentship!

12 April 2016 

Just over half a year ago Zhen joined the Itzhaki Group for a Master's degree. The past months she spent hopping between the St John Smith, Dobson and Itzhaki labs in the Pharmacology and Chemistry Departements to investigate protein homoeostasis and neurodegenerative diseases in the naked mole-rat. She obviously could not withstand the attraction of Cambridge, the rats and the people and decided to stay on for a PhD. 

  

CRUK Pioneer Award: Sending cancer-driving molecules to the rubbish tip

4 April 2016

Last year, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) established a new funding scheme, the Pioneer Award, to support novel and high-risk ideas that have the potential to be game-changers in cancer research. We are thrilled to announce that Laura has secured one of those awards to work on alternative drug targeting approaches. Instead of developing drugs that block the function of a cancer-causing molecule, we will be looking into drugs that targets them for degradation instead. Read more...

  

Christmas Season 2015

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Lab trip to the seaside - Sheringham, June 2015

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Christmas potluck dinner 2014

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