OBR moved to London in late 2011 with the first annual “Courage in Innovation” award being presented to Dr Lerner and Sir Gregory Winter at Imperial College London. King’s College London, University College London and Queen Mary University of London joined soon thereafter, with all four universities hosting OBR events in 2012. OBR has since established ties with the London Research Institute, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Veterinary College and MRC National Institute for Medical Research. We look forward to expanding to the many world-class institutions still remaining in London and forging close ties with the many exciting firms in the London biotech cluster and the City. Please contact the chapter president Martin Taylor for enquiries regarding academic or industry partnerships and joining the OBR-London team.
Upcoming events now open for registration:
Thursday, 5th December 2013, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, Blackett Building Lecture Theatre 1
London Chapter Members
Martin is a PhD student at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute Clare Hall laboratories, and affiliated with UCL. He investigates physiological sources of DNA damage and DNA break repair mechanisms, to understand how cells accumulate somatic genetic mutations and acquire abnormal properties associated with cancer. Previously he was a student at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he worked in laboratories at the MRC LMB, Gurdon Institute and Department of Biochemistry. He also has a strong interest in science and innovation policy.
Claudio is a postdoctoral fellow at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. He is a specialist in cancer metabolism and the use of functional studies for the identification of new potential drug targets with a focus on translational research. He is also interested in the process of commercialising research findings and technology transfer. Previously he obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and a PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Salamanca (Spain).
Franck is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the CRUK London Research Institute. His current work focuses on understanding cytoskeletal organisation and dynamics during cell division, from the molecular activities to the emergent properties of the cell.
Yari is a PostDoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Chelsea site. He works on synthetic lethal approaches to treat cancer cells with underlying defects in DNA Damage Repair processes. Yari holds a MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies from the University of Padova and a DPhil in Biochemistry from the University of Sussex. In 2013, he joined OBR as an Outreach and Marketing Lead for the London chapter, a role which gives him the opportunity to connect academic realities with the biotech and pharma sectors.
Francesca is a post-doctoral research associate at the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that underlie the specification of different brain areas using various experimental models. She interested in science communication and especially in promoting a dialogue between science and society.
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