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Anniversary Future Leader Fellowships announced

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Highlights from: 20 years of bioscience

As part of a programme of activities to mark its 20th anniversary, BBSRC has awarded 12 new fellowships enabling early career scientists to carry-out independent research to become future research leaders.

The Leader Fellowship scheme (AFLF) provides support for researchers to gain leadership skills whilst undertaking independent research, representing BBSRC's continued commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional scientists in the UK.

Twelve fellowships have been awarded, each worth up to £300K which includes funding for research, a personal salary, provisions and training.

Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Executive Director of Innovation & Skills said: "Our Anniversary Future Leader Fellowships enable us to develop future research leaders in areas of fundamental importance to BBSRC and UK bioscience, by providing support for their development as independent researchers.

"In doing so, BBSRC demonstrates its continued investment in supporting the UK bioscience research base to deliver world-leading research with wide-ranging benefits for society."

Projects funded under the scheme:

  • Artificial thykaloids: a bio-inspired platform for investigating assembly and organisation in multi-layer membranes
    Dr Peter Adams, University of Leeds
  • A biological framework for understanding and modulating apathy in healthy people
    Dr Matthew Apps, University of Oxford
  • The Cryptococcus neoformans Redoxome: The role of Rac GTPases in ROS Signal Transduction and Titanisation
    Dr Elizabeth Ballou, University of Aberdeen
  • The natural genetic basis for cooperation in Arabidopsis: implications for crop improvement
    Dr Jay Biernaskie, University of Oxford
  • Understanding the molecular control of senescence and nutrient remobilisation in wheat
    Dr Philippa Borrill, John Innes Centre
  • Dopamine modulation of GluN2B-mediated signalling as a target for fear memory intervention therapy
    Dr Emma Cahill, University of Cambridge
  • Simulation of maternal care to improve welfare in chickens
    Dr Joanne Edgar, University of Bristol
  • A synthetic biology approach to develop durable disease resistance in crops
    Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, University of Dundee
  • Social learning in nest-building birds
    Dr Lauren Guillette, University of St Andrews
  • The devil we know? Using sequencing and metagenomics to assess the diversity of bacteria and antimicrobial resistance captured by passive surveillance
    Dr Alison Mather, University of Cambridge
  • Interplay between phosphorylation and ubiquitination in plant immune signaling homeostasis
    Dr Jacqueline Monaghan, The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of East Anglia
  • Mapping the regenerative capacity of pericytes from embryonic development to ageing
    Dr Urmas Roostalu, The University of Manchester


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