Rebecca Hall – Prize Winner

Rebecca Hall began her PhD as part of the DTP 2015/16 cohort at the University of York. Her project title is: The microbiome of the tsetse.

She has presented her work at numerous local and national events to universal acclaim. Within the department at York she has won KM Stott Prizes for both her 1st year poster presentation and her final year talk as well as a Science Faculty Prize for PhD Spotlight competition at YorkTalks. She also won a White Rose BBSRC DTP prize for the best final year talk- see photo with Professor Alan Berry, White Rose BBSRC DTP Chair.

At a national level, she was placed third in the Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year awards in 2017 and is the Communications Representative for the Microbiology Society’s Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum. She has successfully reached the final of the York three-minute thesis competition, the final of which takes place as part of the 2019 York Festival of Ideas.

A link to Rebecca’s paper, A Tale of Three Species: Adaptation of Sodalis glossinidius to Tsetse Biology, Wigglesworthia Metabolism, and Host DietRebecca J. HallLindsey A. FlanaganMichael J. BotteryVicki SpringthorpeStephen ThorpeAlistair C. DarbyA. Jamie WoodGavin H. Thomas, DOI: 10.1128/mBio.02106-18

2018 Symposium Successes!

Our latest White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Symposium was held in December 2018, hosted by The University of Sheffield.

 

Congratulations to our student reps for leading the organisation of our successful 2018 Symposium.

 

Our wonderful student reps from across the partnership who did a brilliant job organising the 2018 Symposium.  From L to R: Milena von und zur Muhlen (Sheffield), Nathaniel Holman (York), Lewis White (York) Alice Thomas (York), Ben Stevenson (Sheffield), Michaela Agapiou (Leeds), Amber Shun-Shion (Sheffield), Stella Christou (Sheffield), Sarah Good (Leeds), Lukas Jasaitis (Sheffield), Julia Morris (Sheffield).
Rebecca Hall (York) receiving the prize for Best Final Year Talk from Prof Alan Berry (Chair of the White Rose BBSRC DTP)
Harriet Knafler (Sheffield) receiving her Poster Prize from Prof Alan Berry (Chair, White Rose BBSRC DTP)
Alexandra Males (York) being presented with the Best Poster Teaser prize by Prof Alan Berry (Chair, White Rose BBSRC DTP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Stone, University of York – Prize for Best Third Year Poster – with Prof Alan Berry, Chair of the BBSRC DTP in Mechanistic Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women of Achievement 2018: Dr Katie Field

Highlighting the accomplishments of Dr Katie Field

Dr Katie Field is a supervisor at the University of Leeds – an example of the high calibre staff supporting our PhD students within the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. 

Dr Field, an Associate Professor in the School of Biology, is a superb scientist with extraordinary capacity for interdisciplinary innovation and has internationally-recognised expertise in symbioses between plants and fungi.

Katie was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Biological Sciences in 2017 for her research on the diversity and evolution of plant-fungal symbioses. These prestigious prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers, whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Katie’s BBSRC Translational (David Phillips) Fellowship (2016-2021) for research into the interactions between crops, fungi and CO2 is, to date, the only one to have been awarded.

Katie actively contributes to the work of learned societies and journals, sitting on the editorial board for Functional Ecology and as chair for the Plant Environmental Physiology Special Interest Group, which spans both the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology.

The Women of Achievement Awards recognise the significant contribution and impact women at the University are making across our institution and beyond.

Held for the fifth time last year, the Awards are a key part of the University’s Leeds Gender Framework. They are integral to our commitment to further promote and accelerate gender equality, support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation, and provide high-visible role models that will inspire others to develop and thrive.

The outstanding achievements of 15 female colleagues and students were recognised at the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards.

They celebrate the significant contributions and impact the winners have made across Leeds University and beyond. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff, as well as students, and are drawn from across the University.

They all share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, leadership of key University initiatives, or supporting administrative and technical activities.

 

New website launched

We are delighted to announce that we have a new-look website for our White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology. Please can our students take the time to review their project pages and send updated bios/project info to Catherine Liddle at c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk. We would welcome feedback and your suggestions, please also send this to Catherine Liddle.

Advice on how to transition from PhD to Senior Lecturer

See the following link for advice from Helen Coleman, who is a senior lecturer in cancer epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast.

Career advice for students considering a career in academia

While you are on the Times Higher Education website, it is worth browsing as you will find plenty of advice, blogs etc of relevance.  You will need to register before you can read any articles.

Dragon’s Den Winning Teams

Our second year students worked together in cross-institutional teams to develop business ideas, which they presented to a panel of expert innovation and industry ‘Dragons’ at the Fera Training Day. There were moments of sheer brilliance, fun and a little bit of terror when faced with the Dragon’s questions. The Dragons were impressed with the students’ research into the commercial aspects of their business idea and it was difficult to choose a winner but after much discussion the Dragons were able to select the winning and runner-up teams.

Here are the teams receiving their prize from our External Advisory Board member Rose Maciewicz, VP Strategy Respiratory and Inflammation iMed at AstraZeneca:

2017 Dragons Den winning team:
Philip Kirk, Leeds
Sarah Flannery, Sheffield
Paul Bond, York
Oliver Prosser, Leeds
Matt Chadwick, Leeds
2017 Dragons Den runner up team:
Marcus Holt, Leeds
Jenny Hayes, York
Tom Burns, Sheffield
Oliver Herd, York
Sarah Good, Leeds

Prizes galore at our DTP Research Symposium in York

The White Rose BBSRC DTP Research Symposium was held at the University of York on 15th Dec 2017 and showcased the work of our third year and final year students. This was organised by a committee of our DTP students, led by York student Lewis White, and was a great success.

Rose thanking the excellent Student Organising Committee with chocolates . . .

We would like to congratulate all the students for their high quality presentations and posters, which were very well received by the symposium delegates. The winners of the presentation and poster competitions were very well deserved and had to fight off stiff competition from their fellow students.

Here are all the winners receiving their prize from our External Advisory Board member Rose Maciewicz, VP Strategy Respiratory and Inflammation iMed at AstraZeneca:

Best research talk:
Giovanna Pesante, York
Best PIPS talk:
Jordan Talbot, Sheffield
Best Poster teaser talk:
Joseph Ward, Leeds
Best 4th year Poster:
Caitlin McQueen, York
Best 3rd year Poster:
Emma Stewart, York

Job advice from Sarah Blackford

See Sarah’s post on the importance of your personal network when looking for a job:

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All our third year DTP students have the opportunity to attend a career planning session with Sarah Blackford at the Fera Training Day on 20th Nov 2017.  Sarah is an academic career consultant with a background in bioscience research and scientific publishing. Qualified with a master’s degree in career education and guidance, Sarah has over 15 years’ experience of delivering  specialised career support to PhD students and early career researchers in the form of career development workshops and one-to-one coaching. Her workshops, which are based on her book, “Career planning for research bioscientists”, include career issues such as self-awareness, how to make informed career choices, the job market and finding opportunities outside of academia, networking and communication, CV writing and successful interview technique.  Sarah believes that effective personal career development lies at the heart of a successful and fulfilling career.