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Graduate Research Seminar Series


We are pleased to announce the schedule for this year's Graduate Research Seminar series.  Titles and abstracts of the seminars are available on the main Graduate Research Seminars page.

Michaelmas Term

  • 19 October 2015 - Dr Glenn Masson
  • 2 November 2015 - Will Bernard
  • 16 November 2015 - Ghassan Moazzin
  • 30 November 2015 - Ellie Chan

Lent Term

  • 25 January 2016 - Dr Rao Vadlamani
  • 8 February 2016 - Laura Burzynski
  • 22 February 2015 - Jerome Greenfield
  • 7 March 2015 - Katie Skeffington
  • 2 May 2016 - Massimo Lando
  • 16 May 2016 - Amanda Kennedy

The graduate research seminar provides an opportunity for our graduate students and research fellows to discuss their work before an astute and very friendly audience. Because this mixed audience includes not only expert insiders, but also intelligent and interested outsiders, this is also an opportunity for speakers to hone their communicative skills, and for the rest of us to be exposed to unfamiliar problems, methodologies and theories.

Meetings take place fortnightly on Mondays during term time and begin at 12:45 in the Senior Combination Room, where a free buffet lunch is provided. The speakers kick off at 1:00, and finish by 1:30, giving us a quarter of an hour for questions and discussion.

We hope you can come along. Interested guests are most welcome.

Coming up

Dr Glenn Masson (Junior Research Fellow) will be delivering the first seminar on Monday 19 Ocotber entitled "Mass Spectrometry for Structural Biology; using a toothpick to crack a walnut."

Abstract: Mass spectrometry has often been viewed by fellow biochemists as a very sensitive set of scales that can answer some of their more basic questions, such as whether their protein of interested is modified, or indeed present in their sample at all. Although mass spectrometry is indeed able to answer some very basic conundrums, it is also capable of revealing far more complex details. I will present two examples where mass spectrometry has provided structural information on large protein complexes involved in malarial replication and autophagy (cell recycling). I will also present the application of a new technique that allows for greater insight into the information provided by mass spectrometry by increasing the resolution of the structural information produced.