In August 2011, OBR made the first step towards the inter-campus network it is today by founding the Cambridge chapter. During the summer and throughout Michaelmas term, OBR-Cambridge hosted a popular seminar series with industry leaders from different sectors within biotech, helped launch the Roundtable Review, and successfully completed its first immersion project. The diverse membership reflects the multidisciplinary makeup of Europe’s largest biotech cluster, and currently consists of academics and industry professionals from across many sectors. We aim to build on the momentum of last term and continue to deliver insightful events, whilst greatly expanding within Cambridge and beyond. Please contact the chapter president Karolina Zapadka for enquires regarding industry partnerships and joining the OBR-Cambridge team.
Cambridge Chapter Members
Karolina is a second year PhD student in Chemistry at Cambridge. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanism of amyloid fibril formation and aggregation of peptide pharmaceuticals. The project is carried out in academia and in the industry. She graduated from Lund University and Jagiellonian University with a BSc and MSc in Chemistry. As the President of OBR-Cambridge, she is looking forward to bringing together people from academia and industry
Nikola is a third year PhD student at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and his research is focused on the biochemistry of Wnt signal transduction and its deregulation in colon cancer. He is interested in the intersection of business and science, especially in how companies use scientific innovation and business processes to deliver real impact for people.
Simon is a second year PhD student at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and his research is focused on synthetic biology. Previously Simon obtained a BSc in Biochemistry and a MSc in Systems Biology from ETH Zurich and conducted biofuel research at UC Berkeley. Putting an emphasis on experiencing industry during his studies, Simon presided 'ETH juniors', Europe's largest student enterprise and consultancy. Later he got introduced to event management during an internship at Novartis. Currently, Simon is interested in biotech and entrepreneurship.
Daniel is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where he is working on GPCR biogenesis and the insertion mechanisms of integral membrane proteins. He finishedhis professional training in IT & multimedia production in Germany, received a BSc. in Biochemistry from the University of Technology in Munich andan MSc in Molecular Biophysics from the King's College London. During his time at the Yale School of Medicine as a BMEP fellow his research efforts focused on the cellular DNA damage response and the utilization of microRNA signatures as biomarkers in cancer. Daniel is interested in technology entrepreneurship and intellectual property.
Michael graduated from the University of Manchester in 2012 with a joint honours degree in Genetics and Japanese and the Faculty of Life Sciences Distinguished Achievement Award. He is currently a Research Assistant at the University of Colorado but will be starting a PhD at Cambridge in October 2013. When not tethered to a lab bench Michael can be found mountain climbing or biking.
Sophia is a first year PhD student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge) and Public Health England (London). Last year, she graduated from Imperial College with a BSc in Biology. Her research is focused on the genetics and epidemiology of Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease. In addition to her research, Sophia is passionate about communicating science to the public. Her blog can be found at www.thetripletcode.com.
Milena is a student at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, studying Molecular Biology. She is originally from Montenegro but moved to France for her studies and has been living in Paris ever since. She came to Cambridge as an intern at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. In parallel, Milena is involved in NGO work in Montenegro as External Relations Coordinator at the NGO Organization of Montenegrins studying abroad (OMSA).
Zuzanna is a second year PhD student in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at Cambridge. Her work focuses on investigating neuromodulatory effects of dopamine in the hippocampus to elucidate mechanisms behind reward learning and memory. She recently graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences and is excited to be joining this year's OBR Events team.
Karl is a MPhil student in Biological Anthropology with a focus on human evolutionary perspectives on cancer genomics at the University of Cambridge. Specifically, his current research centres on possible selection pressures of maintaining dynamic systems contribution to cancer susceptibility, working within the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies. Previously Karl read for a B.Sc. in Psychology with a focus on Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioural Ecology at the University of Dundee. Karl is interested in the application of distal explanations to biotech and epidemiology.
Marie is a second year PhD student in the Biochemistry department and her research focuses on the biosynthesis of polyketide natural products, specifically rapamycin-like molecules. She completed a BSc in Biology at the University of Alberta, Canada, during which she spent two summers interning at the Intercept pharmaceuticals medicinal chemistry lab in Perugia, Italy. As an OBR events team member Marie aims to run events with speakers from the most innovative life science companies and research groups.
Yelena is a third year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry and Cambridge Research Institute (CRUK) in Cambridge. She is part of the Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine PhD training programme. Her work is focused on molecular imaging of cancer, in particular imaging aberrant glycosylation patterns in cancer. Previously, Yelena graduated from UCL with a MSci in Natural Sciences, including an exchange year at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon. She is interested in entrepreneurship and applications of chemical biology in the biotech/pharma industry. As part of the OBR Events team, she is looking forward to foster links between academia and industry.
Isabel Nascimento Ferreira
Isabel is currently a Scientific Advisor for a Pharmaceutical Company. Her previous experience is in Academic Research. After completing a PhD on Neurosciences focused on gene therapy approaches to neurodegenerative diseases, she moved to Cambridge to work as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on a project exploring pharmacological strategies to delay axonal degeneration. She has experience in bringing science to daily clinical practice and she is passionate about medical education and scientific research.
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