Academic Events

Each year we also host a series of academic seminars to promote interdisciplinary research taking place at the University of Leicester by PhD students and postgraduates. These are free and open to everyone, with the aim to promote exciting new areas where disciplines combine, to increase dialogue between undergraduates and researchers and to show the kind of things you could be doing after your degree.

Previous Seminars

Tetrapod Evolution in the Early Carboniferous: The TW:eed Project

by Dr Carys Bennett

Seminar by Dr Carys Bennett

Dr Bennett discussed a gap in fossil records at the start of the Carboniferous period which is observed worldwide. This gap is due to a mass extinction at the end of the Devonian period, over 350 million years ago.

She introduced her Post-Doctoral research on the TW:eed Project, a major initiative in the Tweed Basin of southern Scotland that is providing completely new insights into this pivotal period for the evolution of life on land.

During her talk, Dr Bennett discussed what post-doctoral research in a multi-disciplinary subject like geology is like day-to-day and how she got into that position.

Applying Thermal Infrared and Hyperspectral Imaging to Emergency Medicine

by Karoly Keresztes

Seminar by Karoly Keresztes

Karoly Keresztes introduced the Diagnostic Development Unit and the equipment used in medial research on living organisms. He discussed combining different modes of spectral imaging and showed some early results of his research.

He discussed barriers he had faced during his research and the process of developing solutions to those issues along with the applications of his work and exciting future developments. 

Remote Sensing for the Study of Ecohydrology in East African River Basins

by Dr Emma Tebbs

Seminar by Dr Emma Tebbs

Dr Tebbs used satellite data during her PhD to investigate the long-term variability of alkaline-saline lakes in the East African Rift Valley which host highly unique ecosystems, home to algae (cyanobacteria) and flamingos.

This is an extremely 'data poor' part of the world, so remote sensing provides information which is not available from other sources. Historical images were combined with modern techniques and algorithms to produce a long-term timeline of fluctuations in climate and depth of the soda lakes in East Africa for the first time. The biology in these lakes can be strongly affected by these changes.

Emma's results allowed her to relate lake surface area to both Flamingo breeding success and cyanobacterial biomass. She now plans to incorporate other satellite datasets, such as lake surface temperature and precipitation, into the analysis.

Modifiable Molecular Scaffolds: Combining Delivery with Diagnostics and Therapy

by Stuart Phillips

Seminar by Stuart Phillips

Stuart Phillips and his team have developed the chemistry to create molecular scaffolds that have the ability to selectively target cancer cells for imaging and treatment in a single treatment.

They achieved this by using highly fluorescent materials for imaging, and designing a binding molecule that can be tailor-made to our needs of  targeting cancer cells.

They were able to further modify their sample to include yet another functionality, a drug or reporter group to treat the cancer and provide feedback for its release into the cell.

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