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Life Sciences Postdoc Committee awards 3 Fellowship Seed Awards

The Life Sciences Institute is delighted to announce the three recipients of the LSI Fellowship Seed Fund. A Committee of postdoctoral scientists was formed to deliberate on applications to this new scheme. The Committee, Chaired by Professor Conrad Bessant and pictured below with Secretary Ele Groves, met in late January and agreed to grant funds to these applicants:

Dr Aisah Aubdool, William Harvey Research Institute

Dr Trinidad Montero-Melendez, William Harvey Research Institute

Dr Maria Niklison Chirou, Blizard Institute

Congratulations to all three of you!

20 February 2019

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The 2019 Life Sciences Postdoctoral Committee

The purpose of the Fellowship Seed Fund is to provide up to £1500 to postdoctoral scientists develop their independence and research ideas in order to increase competitiveness for external funding. We wish all three the best in their future funding applications.

While the LSI is delighted to grant these awards, another key aim of this project was to give life sciences postdoctoral scientists an opportunity to experience a ‘real-life’ funding Committee environment. 5 scientists responded to the call for this innovative development opportunity:

Dr Paul Armstrong, Blizard Institute

Dr Deepa Avisetti, Blizard Institute

Dr David Collier, William Harvey Research Institute

Dr Suzanne Eldridge, William Harvey Research Institute

Dr Clare Rogerson, Blizard Institute


Overall, the Committee found the experience very useful and would recommend being a member to their colleagues:

It was a great experience and very useful for supporting my own hopes of becoming an independent researcher.’

It was a pleasure to be part of LSI postdoc committee. Thanks to Conrad for chairing the committee meeting so well and for giving us a real life experience of grant application screening. I now   understand how thorough and well-structured the grant applications need to be.’

Look out for future opportunities or contact the LSI Researcher Development Adviser, Dr Ele Groves (, for more information. 



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