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Introducing Sarah Cook Assistant Professor Aquatic Science

Sarah Cook was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Science in November 2020. Here she tells us a bit about herself and how she came to Nottingham. The beginning – Peat  in Malaysia My interest in aquatic sciences began when I studied for a PhD in geography at Leicester. I was looking at tropical …

Diriba Kumssa talks about his Leverhulme Fellowship and work in Ethiopia

Diriba Kumssa is a Research Fellow in the School of Biosciences. He started his career studying in the country of his birth, Ethiopia, coming to Nottingham in 2013  via studies in South Africa and on the European Erasmus Mundus programme. Events in Ethiopia led him to apply for asylum in the UK. He has recently …

Student Michael Rousell talks about his COVID-19 vaccination research placement

What are you studying? I am studying for a degree in Microbiology. I have completed the first two years.  My third year is being spent on placement with Pfizer, working as an undergraduate clinical scientist. What does that entail?I am working on a clinical trial for the COVID 19 vaccination program.  The trial is a …

Celebrating success at the British Society of Animal Science Annual Conference

PhD students Kerensa Hawkey and Lucy Ross tell us about their experiences presenting at this year’s conference  Kerensa and Lucy are both final year PhD students. Lucy is studying whole-farm feed efficiency in UK dairy systems whilst Kerensa is looking at using insects for animal feed. Both became members of the British Society of Animal …

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 …