Celebrating science and impacts at the Babraham InstituteThe Babraham Institute believes in celebrating and sharing top-quality science and wider-research impacts from across our community of scientists. Each year the Institute presents awards to celebrate the achievements of our scientists in research, public engagement and knowledge exchange & commercialisation (KEC). These awards are presented as part of the Institute’s annual internal research meeting – called Lab Talks. Over two days, selected researchers from across the Institute present and share their latest findings.
|Amanda from the Rugg-Gunn lab won the Berridge prize for her paper in Cell Stem Cell|
The 2017 Michael Berridge Prize was awarded to Amanda Collier, a PhD student in the laboratory of Peter Rugg-Gunn, for her excellent work summarised in a paper entitled ‘Comprehensive Cell Surface Protein Profiling Identifies Specific Markers of Human Naive and Primed Pluripotent States’ published in the respected journal Cell Stem Cell in March 2017. The research examined certain molecules on the outside of stem cells – cells that are able to develop into different types of cells. These molecules can be used to track the transformation of stem cells into other cell types and offer new ways to understand this process of change.
Amanda said: “I’m thrilled to be awarded this prize and privileged to work as part of a fantastic team on such an exciting topic. I would like to thank Peter Rugg-Gunn and my collaborators for all of their contributions to getting our paper accepted into a top journal.”
|Becky from the Cook lab won the KEC prize for her work with PhoreMost|
Dr Cook, Head of KEC at the Institute, said: “The number and variety of organisations we have access to on the Babraham Research Campus is a unique resource for researchers at the Babraham Institute. Becky’s work with PhoreMost represents what we can achieve by working together. Her involvement in this early study helped to secure critical further funding and I hope her success can be repeated through partnerships with other companies in the future.”
|Claire from the Hemberger lab won the PESC prize for her work with Hitchin Girls School|
This partnership included a chance for students to hear from women at different stages of a scientific career and allowed them to attend the Royal Society Partnership Conference where they got to meet Fellows of the Royal Society. The judges recognised Claire’s commitment to the project and her initiative in undertaking something completely new to the Institute.
Babraham Institute Public Engagement Manager, Dr Tacita Nye, said: “Claire’s project has been a fantastic example of what we can achieve by working together with the local community and engaging people directly in research at the Institute. She has helped students to develop cutting-edge research skills and has introduced them to a range of inspirational role models. Projects like this are a key part of including more people in our research.”
The Institute also awards prizes as part of their internal Lab Talks seminar for researchers who present high-quality work in engaging ways either through talks or posters and an Image Prize is presented for a particularly artistic and eye-catching research image.
Congratulations to all our winners! For more information on our PE and KEC activities see the Institute’s Get Involved and Impact pages.
17 May, 2017