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2018 PhD projects announced

As described here, one of the main ways of getting funding to studying for a DPhil with me is to apply for an NDM Prize Studentship. There is a competition held each year and the successful applicants have all their fees paid and get a generous £18,000 pa tax-free stipend. The deadline is 12 noon […]

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Twitter at #ECCMID

A bit over two years ago I was a guest blogger at the US Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore. I was disappointed by the lack of Tweeting at the conference – there were 208 tweets using the #bps15 hashtag when I wrote a blog post in which I speculated that, one day, there might […]

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Accelerating Oxford Nanopore basecalling

It looks innocuous sitting on the desk, an Oxford Nanopore MinION, but it can produce a huge data of data from a single sequencing run. Since the nanowire works by inferring which base is in the pore by how much it reduces the flow of ions (and hence current) through the pore, the raw data […]

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Cheltenham Science Festival

A bit over a week ago I helped run the Modernising Medical Microbiology stall at the Cheltenham Science Festival. This was my first time helping explain about antibiotic resistance to, well, anyone and everyone. As I come from a molecular background and we didn’t have any information about protein structure, I thought I’d put together […]

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I’ve moved…

Today is my first day as a Senior Researcher in Modernising Medical Microbiology in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. Practically I’ll be based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the SBCB Unit at the Department of Biochemistry for ten years, working with Professor […]