We are delighted to see that our research work with Jon Lloyd and other colleagues in Earth and Environmental Sciences on algal colonization within a nuclear fuel storage pond which was published in mBio in June now features in The University of Manchester's In Abstract: Edition 06.
Dr Mark H Barley retired from the group at the end of November after a varied and interesting career spanning 34 years in both industry and academia.
After taking his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, followed by Post Doctoral research in North Carolina and Cambridge (UK) he joined the chemical company ICI as an electrochemist. After working on two short electrochemical projects he moved to a thermodynamics and physical chemistry role in support of the marketing and manufacture of ozone friendly refrigerants; followed by a period working on fragrances and flavours.
On leaving ICI in 2006 he obtained a Post-Doctoral position in the Centre for Atmospheric Science at Manchester University modeling the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosol; and then the position at the MIB studying Genetic Algorithms, where he was a very valuable and nice member of our group.
We wish Mark a very long and wonderful retirement.
2017 has been a very successful year for our research group. Here are some highlights:
We successfully graduate 7 PhD students. We are very proud of this and this is a record for our group and won't be beaten for some time. Congratulations to:
Dr Neha Dhami (2017) Interference of central metabolism (TCA cycle) to influence CHO cell productivity. UCB.
Dr Chloe Westley (2017). Raman Spectroscopy and its Enhancement Techniques for Direct Monitoring of Biotransformations. BBSRC.
Dr Abdu Subaihi (2017) The Development of Enhanced Raman Scattering for the Analysis of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Compounds in Biofluids. Saudi Arabia Government.
Dr Ewa Szula (2017) Metabolic profiling and imaging of CHO cells for fusion protein production. BBSRC.
Dr Robert Eendebak (2017) The potential relationships between hormone biomarkers and functional and health outcomes of ageing – a multinational longitudinal cohort study of ageing in men. BBSRC.
Dr Heidi Fisk (2017) Raman Spectroscopy for the Direct Monitoring of Microbial Biotransformations. BBSRC CASE with GSK.
Dr Mekhala Spencer (2017) The development of Raman spectroscopy for monitoring industrial biopharmaceuticals. BBSRC CASE with Pall.
We are very grateful to all funders for these PhD projects.
In 2017 we also saw our first retirement:
We sincerely wish Dr Mark Barley a very long and wonderful retirement and we wish you lots of joyous time with your family. We also look forward to seeing Mark from time to time in the MIB and hearing more of his travels.
We also collaborated with Prof Gary Siuzdak from The Scripps Research Institute on online XCMS for metabolomics: Huan, T., Forsberg, E.M., Rinehart, D., Johnson, C.H., Ivanisevic, J., Benton, H.P., Fang, M., Aisporna, A., Hilmers, B., Poole, F.L., Thorgersen, M.P., Adams, M.W.W., Krantz, G., Fields, M.W., Robbins, P.D., Niedernhofer, L.J., Ideker, T., Majumber, E.L., Wall, J.D., Rattray, N.J.W., Goodacre, R., Lairson, L.L. & Siuzdak, G. (2017) Systems biology guided by XCMS Online metabolomics. Nature Methods14, 461-426.
We successfully visited our favourite analytical journal 4 times in 2017, and one of these featured on the Front Cover:
Well done to Dr Mekhala Spencer who successfully defended her PhD on Thursday 7th December.
Mekhala's thesis is entitled "The development of Raman spectroscopy for monitoring industrial biopharmaceuticals". This was a BBSRC CASE award with Pall and Mekhala was co-supervised by Prof. Alan Dickson.
We are also very grateful to the examiners Dr Matt Baker and from Strathclyde and Dr Robin Curtis from Manchester.