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Meet Alex Burgess Our “Exceptional Researcher”

Alexandra Burgess is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Alex has recently won a Gatsby Foundation Grant to Exceptional Researchers. What is your background? I completed a Biology degree at Oxford from 2013 – 2016. Whilst I was there, I got the opportunity to attend a …

i-Hen – Our award winning live animal teaching facility

Vision and Background  The basic idea was to set up a food production animal enterprise on Campus that students could access either on an informal basis or embedded in formal learning opportunities. The project secured a Cascade grant, an alumni funded scheme for projects which improve the student experience. Recently the team, Cormac O’Shea, Associate …

Introducing Ellen Nisbet Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Hello! My name is Ellen, and I joined Biosciences last year as a microbiologist. I have an undergraduate degree in microbiology from UCL (2000). After my PhD (Cambridge, 2004), I took a series of post-docs, followed by a faculty position at the University of South Australia in Adelaide (2008). I loved living in Adelaide – …

Aileen Magilin, 3rd Year Biotechnology student Placement at the Feng lab, John Innes Centre

What are you studying? I am now in my final year of the BSc Biotechnology with Industrial Year degree. How was your placement arranged? When I entered second year I made sure to get email alerts and kept an eye out on available placements advertised by the Careers and Placements team, Judith Wayte and Rachel …

Chemistry Graduate Rachel Sutherland tells us about her KTP with Biosciences and Warners Distillery 

What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way project between a recent graduate (KTP Associate), a business and a university. The purpose of an InnovateUK Knowledge Transfer Partneship  scheme is to allow the transfer of knowledge from a knowledge base (University) to a small-medium business through an Associate. …

New state of the art experimental plant research facility

Check out our new state of the art experimental research facility. The University of Nottingham School of Biosciences is a world leader in fundamental and applied plant science research. Increasing yield and quality of crops is a great challenge in the face of climate change. We need to develop resilient crops that consume less resources …

Working with Chocolate – Food Science and Nutrition Degree Student Abbie Pugh’s recent placement

How did you arrange your placement? The Biosciences placements team send out weekly updates containing the latest advertised placements.  These were very easy to read and during my second year  became my main resource for available placements.  The team reviewed my CV several times prior to my applying to companies, assisting in showcasing my skills. …

Plant science support for registration of phosphites as biostimulants in EU

Supported by a BBSRC LINK grant, Dr Ranjan Swarup and colleagues from School of Biosciences, have been investigating the effect of phosphite on plant growth. The research, which started in June 2017, has used a systematic approach involving a combination of cell biology, plant physiology, biochemistry and X ray imaging techniques, to test the effect …

British Society of Animal Science Industry Prize Success

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) recently announced the five finalists of its prestigious 2020 Industry Prize. Three of the five finalists were from the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, reflecting the School’s numerous successful collaborations with industry. Kimberley Slinger, for her abstract titled ‘Identification of the origin of host DNA content in …

Microbiology graduate Hana Veler shares her experience of working at the Lighthouse Lab in Milton Keynes

Written by Hana Veler, Microbiology BSc (Hons) Graduate from School of Biosciences If I take you back to January, you will see me filled with expectations and motivation to go back in the lab and work on my PhD project. “This will be my year,” I told myself before I said goodbye to my family …