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Research highlights 2012-13

Here we highlight a few of our successes from the past academic year:

Fighting antibiotic resistance and imaging pathogen attacks

  • In the past year Professor Gabriel Waksman has received three grants (an advanced ERC grant, a MRC programme grant and a Wellcome Trust senior investigator award) for his research into bacteria secretion systems. These systems determine bacteria survival and adaptation making them ideal targets for the development of antibiotics.
  • Professor Helen Saibil leads the Membrane Attack project, a collaboration with researchers from Monash University, Australia, and the University of Leicester, which received close to £2 million in a European Research Council grant. The funding will support the use of the latest imaging technologies to help understand the processes of pathogen attack and immune defence.
  • Read more about research in the Department of Biological Sciences

Women in Science award and the diversity of cognitive neuroscience

  • Dr Emily Jones, research fellow at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, was among the 2013 winners of the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships for her research into the early development of basic skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Earlier this year, Professor Martin Eimer was elected to the German National Academy of Science in recognition of his work in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, most notably his research into the condition of ‘face blindness’.
  • The Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling was launched in March 2013, under the leadership of Professor Ulrike Hahn, with the aim of uniting research spanning the breadth of modelling techniques used to study human behaviour.
  • Read more about research in the Department of Psychological Sciences

Analysing the Moon and the evolution of shark’s teeth

  • Professor Ian Crawford’s Leverhulme Trust award will support the project ‘Exploring the Moon with MoonZoo: lunar science from public participation’. This project will use a variation of crowd-sourcing so that data collected by the Lunar Renaissance Orbiter will be analysed by citizen scientists through the MoonZoo web site.
  • Researchers from Earth and Planetary Sciences hold 7 grants from the National Environment Research Council, including the recent award for Dr Charlie Underwood’s work on teeth development in sharks and rays, which may reveal whether vertebrate teeth have evolved once or many times.
  • Read more about research in Earth and Planetary Sciences