Welcome to the Group Georgina, Yana and Ameera
Ameera Aljabiry, Georgina Girt and Yana Rennie have joined the group to undertake their MSc research projects.
Welcome to the Group Avni!
Avni Chotai who is a year 12 student at Preston Manor Sixth Form College has been sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation to carry out a summer research project in the group. Avni will be working on the chemical synthesis of unnature amino acids.
Welcome to the group Naomi!
Naomi Allaway has join the group to undertake a summer research project before starting her Ph.D. in October. Naomi recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a MChem degree.
Dr Jamieson Awarded Innovation Fellowship
Dr Jamieson, Centre for Chemical Biology, has been awarded an Innovation Fellowship. The fellowship was awarded for the development of synthetic molecules that mimic the structure and function of proteins. These proteomimetic molecules are used by the group to disrupt protein-protein interactions implicated in Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
Innovation Fellowships, funded by HEFCE, are competitive awards to develop the commercial potential of academic research and offer funding of £10,000 to each successful project. The key is commercialisation of ideas, products or processes, and the funding aims to help academic researchers reach out into the world of business and industry in spin-out companies or collaborative research ventures that may lead to commercial investment or contracts.
Dr Jamieson commented: “With the funding from the Innovation Fellowship we will employ a chemist over the summer to look at the potential of this new technology. We will then collaborate with industrial partners to look for ways to exploit it.”
Andrew becomes Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
Andrew has achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. This is professional recognition from the Academy of his expertise and commitment to enhancing and supporting the student learning experience.
Link to The Higher Education Academy website
David's paper accepted by RSC Chemical Communications
Work performed by David Russell during this MChem research project has been accepted for publication in the high impact RSC journal Chemical Communications.
David's research project focused on the chemical synthesis of a novel molecular scaffold that can mimic a peptide beta-strand and so has potential applications for the disruption of protein-protein interactions, key therapeutic targets in drug discovery.
Dr Jamieson Selected to Join SCI Young Chemists' Panel
Dr Jamieson has been selected to join the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Young Chemists' Panel (YCP). The panel, established in 1990, is affiliated with the SCI Fine Chemicals Technical Interest Group and comprises younger members of the chemical community from industry and academia.
YCP's aims and objectives are to provide a forum for discussion and the sharing of information relevant to all aspects of pure and applied synthetic chemistry. In particular, meetings are aimed primarily at less experienced members of the academic and industrial communities through workshop-based residential meetings as well as more traditional one-day conferences.
David wins SCI prize
June 2011: Congratulations to David Russell who won first prize for his research presentation at the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Midlands Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by Loughborough University. David’s presentation titled a ‘Universal scaffold for Beta-strand Mimetics’ focused on his 4th year MChem research project carried out in the Jamieson group.
David and Sam win class prizes
June 2011: Congratulations to MChem students David Russell (pictured left) and Sam Timson (pictured right) who both won prizes for their outstanding 4th year exam results. David won the Hunter Medal & Prize, the top prize for a 4th year MChem student. Sam won the CellTech Prize for the top 4th year Pharmaceutical chemist. David and Sam recently completed MChem research projects in the Jamieson group.
Royal Society Research grant success
April 2011: The group has been awarded a Royal Society Research grant (£15K) to purchase state of the art equipment. This equipment will facilite the synthesis of peptidomimetic libraries to investigate the substrate specificity of Lysine deacetylase (KDAC) enzymes in collaboration with Dr Shaun Cowley (Department of Biochemistry).