Date(s) - 26/01/2016
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
PhD research – explained in the pub!
Research students come to The Cellar House and give a short talk about their work in terms we can all understand.
Talks are followed by the opportunity to ask questions.
Each month we have a set of different speakers, talking about different subjects.
Talks are a £1 donation to enjoy, which pays for our speakers’ drinks on the evening.
Click here to read more, or if you’d like to be a PubhD speaker.
January 2016 PubhD programme:
Speakers from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich.
Peter Bickerton: “Stressing algae”
Every living thing has to survive in a changing environment. One second it might be sunny, only minutes later a large cloud might obscure the sun and then a strong wind could start blowing over a field. How do plants and animals detect these changes and what happens inside a cell in response? The answer is (partly) calcium. This talk will reveal how, with knowledge gleaned from my experiments using green microalgae, lasers and fluorescent dyes.
Thomas Bradley: “The crafty mechanism of life”
Every human being begins life as a single cell generated from that fateful moment of fertilisation – and every cell in the adult body descends from this one cell, containing the same fundamental building blocks of life we call ‘DNA’. So then why is a clump of brain tissue different from that in the heart, lung or kidney if they all contain the same genetic code? Why aren’t we just billions of copies of the same cell repeating endlessly on top of each other in one big, gloopy, biological mess?
The answer lies in an almost perfectly crafted and fine-tuned system of genetic order, control and regulation. In this talk I would like to shed light on some of the crafty mechanisms life has evolved to restrain and tame the multitude of diverse genetic elements within us all – and how we can harness some of the most powerful, cutting-edge techniques in computational science to help us delve into one of life’s greatest mysteries.
Maxwell Rogers: “Why fish are awesome”
As a brand new PhD student, I’m trying to unlock the secrets of evolution using East African cichlid fish. Could their genetics improve human lives? Stop by the pub to find out!