January: Great news: we got awarded a GW4 Initiator Fund for "GW4 NanoEvade: Smart design of nanoparticle-drugs to evade the immune response"!
January: Our latest Wellcome Trust funded CBMA seed corn on "Modelling penetration of nanoparticle-drugs across biological barriers" has started
February: GW4 Initiator kick-off in Bristol with Charlie Jeynes!
March: GW4 NanoEvade meeting in Bristol with the whole team
March: Welcome to Ram Attili who joins our group as an MRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on "The Fundamentals of Phagocytosis: Integrating Theoretical Models and Experiments"
February: Our first peroxisome paper has now been published in Traffic:
Castro IG, Richards DM, Metz J, Costello JL, Passmore JB, Schrader TA, Gouveia A, Ribeiro D, Schrader M: A role for MIRO1 in motility and membrane dynamics of peroxisomes. Traffic 19:229-42 (PubMed)
February: Congratulations to Jordan Hembrow, who has just won a BBSRC-funded PhD starting with us in September to work on "Mathematical modelling of phytopathogen-targeted secretion pathways"
March: Physics Theory Seminar by Rosalind Allen on modelling antibiotics on bacteria
March: QBME incubator in Torquay - round 5 already!
April: Josh Marsh and Kom Iyol complete their Master's project on "The electrotaxis of Dictyostelium discoideum"
April: Excellent news: BBSRC are going to fund our responsive mode proposal "Unveiling the molecular mechanisms to modulate peroxisome dynamics and abundance for improvement of cell performance" with Michael Schrader as PI!
April: Well done to Josiah whose poster on "Modelling Peroxisomal Dynamics in Health and Disease" won "Best in Show" at Exe-BioCon 2018
May: Our new Leica microscope is installed, working and ready to go!
May: Great to meet so many other fellows again at the MRC Fellows' Symposium!
September: Jordan has started his SWBio PhD, kicking off with a rotation with Mike Deeks
September: Talk at the John Innes Centre on "Modelling engulfment during phagocytosis"
November: Massive congratulations to Trish, who has just secured a prestigious MRC Skills Development Fellowship!
May: Josiah's Histochem Cell Biol paper is out:
Passmore JB, Pinho S, Gomez-Lazaro M, Schrader M: The respiratory chain inhibitor rotenone affects peroxisomal dynamics via its microtubule-destabilising ability. Histochem Cell Biol 148(3):331 (PubMed)
June: Great Exeter showing at the yearly MRC Fellows' Symposium
July: Conference time with Charlie Jeynes at the 16th IUBMB Conference in Vancouver!
September: Josiah has started his Masters' project on peroxisome dynamics
September: Freddy and Rudy start their CBMA PhDs on "Optimising dermatological photodynamic therapy effectiveness using a novel radiative transfer model" and "The emergence of biological phenotypes from dynamic gene networks" respectively
September: BioDynamics Workshop held at Exeter including a talk on our work