Five Leicester researchers who SET an example

Posted by pt91 at Mar 21, 2011 02:50 PM |
On 14 March, 60 promising researchers travelled down to the House of Commons to present some of the impressive work that they have begun their careers with for a national poster competition.
Five Leicester researchers who SET an example

João Loures with supervisors Dr Fernando Soares Schlindwein (left) and Dr André Ng (right).

Among them were five researchers from the University of Leicester from very different departments. It was part of the SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) for Britain poster competition and awards that give early stage or early career researchers the opportunity to present their work to over a hundred politicians and a panel of academic experts.

PhD student João Loures Salinet Junior is based in the Department of Engineering but working closely with the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. He is using engineering for advances in medicine by tackling the most common heart rhythm disturbance, atrial fibrillation (AF), which affects over half a million people in the UK and is a major factor of risk for stroke. The research he presented is the first to use the 3D colour-coded mapping of dominant frequency (DF) with high density to assess the potential triggers of AF.

Cyril Dominguez

Also in attendance at the Westminster event was Lecturer and MRC Research Fellow Dr Cyril Dominguez from our Department of Biochemistry.

He presented work that sheds new light on how RNA binding proteins can affect cellular functions in a process known as ‘alternative splicing’, a process associated with many genetic diseases and with cancer.

Sarim Mohammad is a PhD student in the Opthalmology Group in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. He presented his findings on retinal abnormalities seen in individuals with albinism. The research will allow identification of patients identification of patients with potential for good vision and help inform doctors about which patients require intensive treatment. As albinism affects individual from birth, the research is set to make a life-long impact on the quality of life of albinism patients.

Dr Murtaza Salem studies in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences Vascular Surgery Group. He is an NIHR funded clinical research fellow in the final year of his PhD. He presented his work on carotid plaque instability its relationship to stroke prevention at SET for Britain.Rob Sansom

And Dr Rob Sansom, Postdoctoral Research Associate in our Department of Geology, looks at how our soft-bodied ancestors rotted, to help our understanding of the origin of vertebrates on Earth. With colleagues in the Department he recently studied the way primitive fish decompose to gain a clearer picture of how our ancient fish-like ancestors would have looked.

The judges didn’t find his research so rotten though – Dr Sansom took home the Bronze award for Biological and Biomedical Sciences.