Parkinson's UK Edinburgh Research Interest Group

posted Jan 25, 2020, 6:40 AM by Mathew Horrocks

Mathew recently presented the ESMB's work to the Parkinson's UK Edinburgh Research Interest Group. He was joined by Craig and Alex from the group, and also Kiani Jeacock from David Clarke's research group. The event was well-attended by those living with Parkinson's and their carers, and gave us the opportunity to talk about the strives we're making in understanding how protein aggregation occurs.


PhD positions available in 2020

posted Nov 22, 2019, 12:15 AM by Mathew Horrocks

We have a number of PhD positions available in 2020. Check out Positions for more information.

SULSA conference presentations

posted Sep 28, 2019, 1:46 AM by Mathew Horrocks

The group had an excellent time attending the SULSA conference in Edinburgh. Mathew gave a presentation on the group's recent work (which was faithfully recorded by  Dr. Mathis Riehle from the University of Glasgow- see below), whilst Craig and Alex presented posters on their work on alpha-synuclein. 

Welcome to Katie, Zoë and Sarah

posted Sep 28, 2019, 1:43 AM by Mathew Horrocks

The Edinburgh single-molecule biophysics group is happy to welcome Katie, Zoë and Sarah. Katie has started her Ph.D. working with Mathew and Seth Grant on elucidating the structure of post-synaptic complexes, whilst Zoë's Ph.D. project is joint with Lynne Regan and focuses on developing a new super-resolution microscopy method. Sarah is a fifth year Chemistry student, and will be working on the peptides associated with Alzheimer's disease. 

Continued support from Dr. Jim Love

posted Sep 17, 2019, 3:12 AM by Mathew Horrocks   [ updated Sep 17, 2019, 3:34 AM ]

We'd like to express our gratitude once again for the continued support from Dr. Jim Love. His financial support last time allowed us to build a single-molecule confocal microscope that is now being used to study the protein aggregates that are formed during the progression of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. We will use this gift to further support our research, and in particular will use it to enhance our equipment within the laboratory. 

Jim received his Ph.D. from the School of Chemistry in 1963 under the supervision of Dr. Percival in the area of Carbohydrate Chemistry. Following this, he spent over 33 years with Dow Chemical in the USA, and retired in 1998 as Global Director of Discovery Process Research, Formulation Science and Technology in Agriculture.

Owen has been selected to give a talk at the MNDA International Symposium in Perth

posted Aug 30, 2019, 3:15 AM by Mathew Horrocks

We are looking forward to presenting our results at the MNDA symposium that's taking place in Perth (the Australian one) in December. Details can be found below:

Well done to Alex and Owen for passing their first year vivas

posted Aug 30, 2019, 3:10 AM by Mathew Horrocks

After having a grilling from academics across the university, both Alex and Owen have now passed their first year vivas and are now officially PhD students. Both performed well under pressure, and impressed their examiners. Watch this space for their science making an appearance soon. 

Congratulations to Yiyun on completing her research project

posted Aug 30, 2019, 3:08 AM by Mathew Horrocks

Huge congratulations to Yiyun for completing her research project in the Edinburgh Single-Molecule Biophysics Group. Yiyun joined us for three months as part of her Master's degree in Medicinal Biochemistry, and worked on characterising a novel alpha-synuclein antibody using single-molecule confocal microscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and TIRF microscopy. She recently presented her work at the School of Chemistry's student seminar day. 

Physical Chemistry at Firbush

posted Jun 7, 2019, 11:52 AM by Mathew Horrocks

The group had an amazing few days at the Physical Chemistry retreat at Firbush (Loch Tay). Lots of interesting science discussed in a relaxed environment. Topics ranged from "the worst mistakes in science", to "can dragons fly?", and "why are eggs fluorescent?". We also had great weather for the outdoor activities. 


Photonex conference

posted Jun 7, 2019, 11:41 AM by Mathew Horrocks   [ updated Jun 7, 2019, 11:42 AM ]

We had a great time at the Photonex conference finding out about the exciting research happening around Scotland at the moment. It was fantastic hearing our collaborators Brian Patton and Marti Colom present their research, and find out what Juan Varela from the Klenerman Group in Cambridge will be doing in his new role as a PI at St. Andrew's.

(Left to right: Alex, Owen Mathew, Craig, Kelly and Maggie).

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