August 2016 – Welcome Simon!
Dr Simon D'Archivio is a new post-doc starting in the lab, funded by the MRC. He'll investigate the role of parasite surface proteins and their interactions with the host, as well as how we may be able to exploit that for treatment interventions. Nb. We need to update the team photo!
June 2016 – Cat awarded a Sir Halley Stewart Trust Medical Research Grant
May 2016 – Cat awarded a Microbes Research Grant
April 2016 – Welcome Tom!
The lab welcomes Tom Miller, a new PhD student under the BBSRC DTP programme.
January 2016 – Welcome Sabine!
Sabine Schiessler is a Molecular Biotechnology undergraduate from Vienna, Austria. She has come to the lab under the ERASMUS+ Programme, a prestigious 4-month scholarship funded by the European Commission. Welcome Sabine!
November 2015 – GadLab goes to Brazil!
As part of an International Research and Industrial Collaboration Scheme, the lab is going to Rio de Janeiro for 2 weeks! We will all attend and present at the international protozoology meeting in Caxambu. Then we will work in Prof Wanderley de Souza’s laboratory on ultra-structural aspects of parasite biology. Sarah and James have been learning Portuguese for the past 3 months; I’m hopeful that this will come handy in Rio!
October 2015 – Cat awarded an MRC New Investigator Grant!
December 2014 – The REF panel specifically highlighted the research theme with which our lab is affiliated!
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the review panel specifically highlighted the research group with which our lab is affiliated: “There were world-leading outputs in every research group. The sub-panel considered that the strongest aspects of this part of the submission were the outputs from the Molecular Bacteriology and Mycology; and the Predatory Microbes, Parasites and Pathogens research groups. The latter group had an exceptional proportion of world-leading research.”
June 2014 – Paul Nurse’s visit
Nobel Prize winner and President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse, is coming to Nottingham to visit the School of Life Sciences and our lab, as well as to deliver the School’s Annual Lecture. We are looking forward to the opportunity to talk science with him!
May 2014 – CAPES visit to the lab
As part of its on-going mission to foster partnerships with Brazilian institutions, Nottingham hosted a delegation of Brazilian officials to the School of Life Sciences. The delegation included Prof Jorge Guimarães, President of CAPES (Brazil’s federal agency for the support of post-graduate education and research, a division of the Ministry of Education) and Prof Wanderley de Souza, President of FINEP (Brazil’s federal agency for the support of research grants), plus two universities’ chancellors and prominent scientists. Our lab participated in the presentations, meetings and discussions, and provided an overview of the high-level ultra-structural science development – the Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre – taking place at the University. The delegation was very impressed with our School’s Drug Discovery facility, and expressed enthusiasm in supporting partnerships with the University and with individual departments.
May 2014 – Welcome James!
We are delighted to welcome James Chamberlain to the group. James is part of the BBSRC DTP, a programme which involves one year of high-level modular training and lab rotations, the main research project, and also a three-month professional internship placement.
April 2014 – Vice-Chancellor’s visit to the FunGen Lab
Professor Sir David Greenaway, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, has heard about a bunch of young PIs forming a lab and sharing enthusiasm, ideas and expertise, and he decided to check us out! We’re looking forward to the opportunity to chat over University issues and aspirations of young scientists.
November 2013 – Cat awarded a Royal Society Research Grant!
October 2013 – Welcome Sarah!
I’m delighted to welcome Sarah Whipple to the lab. Now I can call it a research group (of two people!). Sarah has completed her MRes studies on protein phosphatases in Plasmodium in Rita Tewari’s lab. Her work significantly contributed to two manuscripts, and a further paper on trypanosome flagellum biology from her 3rd year undergraduate project in Michael Ginger’s lab.
September 2013 – Containment Level 3* lab open!
It took 3 months from drawings to construction to HSE inspection and approval. The new culture suite is located inside my lab, which is containment level 2.
August 2013 – And then there was FunGen5
Since I arrived at the School 6 months ago, a network has been formed by 5 newly-appointed young group leaders with shared interests in biomedical research: myself, Bill Wickstead (molecular motors and chromosome segregation), Conrad Nieduszynski and Thorsten Allers (genome biology), and Alan Huett (intracellular pathogens). We realised, through tons of lively scientific discussions, that we use similar and complementary technologies to tackle different scientific questions. So why not get together under the same roof and form a stimulating environment that allows interactions with molecular parasitologists, microbiologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, providing an excellent skills base and a lively intellectual atmosphere. In this way, we could more easily share ideas, reagents, lab meetings, and journal clubs.
And that’s how the Functional Genomics Laboratory was born! The School loved the idea and gave us loads of support and space for the enterprise (my own lab plus another one adjacent to it which is 4x the size). The Functional Genomics (or FunGen5) environment has since become unique in providing access to expertise and infrastructure for a large range of technologies directed towards the understanding of cells and diseases.
July 2013 – A purpose-built pathogen culture suite
The School is building a brand new pathogen culture room for the lab – thank you! Together with the School managers and contractors, we have agreed on a final concept which I think will make the new suite a safe, productive and efficient working environment, with lots of windows and natural light, plenty of bench space and the biggest class II cabinet I’ve ever seen!
Feb 2013 – The Gadelha Lab is born!
Today is my first day as a group leader. I was interviewed for the post over a year ago, halfway through my postdoc in Cambridge, and was then appointed Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology in the School of Life Sciences. As part of my appointment, the School has made available to me a large and newly-refurbished lab space, equipment, a PhD studentship, and some financial support to establish my lab.
The lab is located in the Queen’s Medical Centre, the largest teaching hospital in Europe. The lab has loads of windows and natural light, and houses office space, microscope room, and soon the new cell culture suite. There are many other labs with shared interests in the building, as well as several core facilities and various interesting seminars and events to attend. These are very exciting times and I look forward to getting at the bench, interacting with my new colleagues and meeting the students. Have a look at what the lab looks like!