DPhil vivas

Kawamura Group 2021 Highlights

2021 has continued to be challenging for all of us, however the group has continued to progress and we have much to celebrate. The much anticipated Kawamura group Winter Symposium took place at last on 16th Feb 2022.  We reflected on two years since the group celebrated official handover of the Chemical biology labs (Feb 2020).  In this time we have more than doubled the footprint of the group, forged ahead with equipment purchases and set-up the synthesis/cold room space.  Thanks to all the hard work of the group! At the symposium we had a fantastic overview from the team showcasing all the diverse and exciting research happening across the… Read More »Kawamura Group 2021 Highlights

Congratulations Loane!

Many Congratulations to Dr Loane Serrano who successfully defending her DPhil (Oxford) thesis titled  “PCAF, SIRT1 and the regulation of substrate acetylation”.  Thanks to the examiners Dr Richard Hopkinson (Leicester) and Prof James McCullagh (Oxford).  Loane was an EPSRC Synthesis in Biology & Medicine CDT student and was was co-supervised by Prof. Paul Brennan (Centre for Medicines Discovery, Target Discovery Institute, Oxford). Loane really enjoyed her time in the group and said that particular highlights included; the Kawamura symposiums and Christmas dinners, the Epigenetics outreach event in Oxford and getting to know Oxford and Newcastle. Loane will be missed! We wish her every success in her future career!  

Joanna’s viva and baby!

A double congratulations is owed to our own Dr Joanna Bonnici, who successfully navigated the perils of a pandemic-Zoom viva to defend her DPhil thesis in December. With hardly a breath to spare she started a family with her husband Tom, as baby Elsie arrived in late January this year. Joanna has been an asset to the lab throughout her DPhil and is almost certainly, definitely, looking forward to more happy years of research to come… Many congratulations to them all and we look forward to using both events as an excuse to over-celebrate later this year once we are all vaccinated!

Dr Miranda Wright

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Congratulations Miranda Wright (SBM-CDT D.Phil) for successfully passing her D.Phil viva! Thank you to Prof. Antonello Mai from Sapienza University and Dr Emily Flashman for being her examiner (Joint-supervision with Prof. Paul Brennan)

Dr James Eaton

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Many congratulations to James Eaton for successfully defending his D.Phil thesis on “Characterisation of Novel Evasins”. Thanks to Prof. Gerard Graham from University of Glasgow and Prof. Chris Schofield for being his examiner, and BHF CRE for supporting his studentship. Read James’ work on tick saliva evasins [Ref 55][Ref 67][Ref 69] (Joint-supervision Prof. Shoumo Bhattacharya)