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Life sciences seminars series start in October 2014

8 October 2014 - 24 February 2015

Time: 1:00 - 1:00am

As part of QMUL’s life sciences (LS) initiative, a series of seminars for staff and students will be starting in October 2014 with the aim of fostering an exchange of ideas around the life sciences across the university. The first seminar takes place on Wednesday 8 October in the Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, Whitechapel.

The LS initiative involves interaction from all three of QMUL’s Faculties, and the seminars will reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the programme with speakers going outside of their own departments to give talks on their LS research in another School or Institute.

Professor Matthew Evans, head of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and academic lead for life sciences, says: “The life science seminar series has been launched as a way to bring together life science researchers from across QMUL. Life sciences are interdisciplinary and we are using this opportunity to bring researchers in one School to speak in another; we hope this will help to make both the speaker and their audience aware of work taking place in another part of the university.

“People already have many calls on their time and we did not wish to create another seminar series for people to attend and so we have adopted the novel approach of inserting our speakers into existing seminar series already running in Schools – we are very grateful to the Schools and Institutes that have allowed us to do so.”

The seminars are free and open to all QMUL staff and students (booking is not required).

Life science seminar series 2014-15:

Blizard Institute seminar series:

Prof Conrad Bessant (School of Biological and Chemical Sciences)
“Integrating ‘omics data: what, how and why?”
Wednesday 8 October, 1.15-2.15pm, the Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, Whitechapel

Wolfson Institute seminar series:

Prof Richard Ashcroft (School of Law)
“If we build it, they will come: personal genomics, ethics and the future of health services”
Monday 13 October, 4-5pm, Room 129, Wolfson Institute, Charterhouse Square

William Harvey Research Institute seminar series

Dr Alvaro Mata (School of Engineering and Materials Science)
“Hierarchical engineering of bioactive materials and biomimetic environments for regenerative medicine"
Monday 20 October, 12.45-1.45pm, Derek Willoughby Lecture Theatre, Charterhouse Square

School of Law seminar series

Dr Sophie Harman (School of Politics and International Relations)
“The four challenges of gender and global health”
Wednesday 29 October, 5-6pm, room 115, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End.

Institute of Bioengineering seminar series

Prof Gavin Giovannoni (Blizard Institute)
“The medical, social and engineering challenges in developing effective neuroprotective therapies for multiple sclerosis”
Wednesday 5 November, 3-4pm, the David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End

School of Geography seminar series

Prof Tilli Tansey (School of History)
“Making history: witnesses to modern biomedicine”
Tuesday 18 November, 12.15-1pm, City Centre seminar room, 2nd floor, Francis Bancroft building, Mile End

Barts Cancer Institute seminar series

Prof David Lee (School of Engineering and Materials Science)
“Mechanoregulation of nuclear organisation and cell phenotype: implications for genome function and stem cell differentiation”
Thursday 27 November, 12.30-1.30pm, Lister and Young Seminar Room, John Vane Science Centre, Charterhouse Square

School of Business and Management seminar series

Dr Magda Osman (School of Biological and Chemical Sciences)
“Where has the conscious mind gone?”
Wednesday 3 December, 1-2pm, Room 4.04/4.08 Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End

School of Physics and Astronomy

Prof Richard Pickersgill (School of Biological and Chemical Sciences)
“Molecular biophysics of protein structure and function"
Tuesday 9 December, 2-3pm, Room 2.09, School of Law, Mile End


Institute of Dentistry seminar series

Prof Sussan Nourshargh (William Harvey Research Institute)
“Neutrophil transmigration in vivo: mechanisms & pathogenesis”
Tuesday 24 February, 12.30-1.30pm, Milton Lecture Theatre, Garrod Building, Whitechapel

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences seminar series

Prof Stefan Priebe (Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine)
"Mental illness - is it in the brain, or elsewhere, or nowhere?"
Thursday 12 March, 1-2pm, Fogg Lecture Theatre, Mile End



The LS initiative aims to foster high-quality, interdisciplinary research to address fundamental questions relating to post-genomic population health. One of the big challenges for health care in the post-genomic era is successful utilisation of individual genomic data and its integration with data on health outcomes and behaviour – such a challenge will only be met by interdisciplinary teams which include informaticians (typically biologists, physicists and computer scientists), social scientists, as well as specialists in the relevant basic sciences and clinicians.

For any questions regarding the LS seminar series, please email:

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