June 19, 2019
The Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum Summer Conference is dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. Tharangika Bowange is a postgraduate student from the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Sri Lanka and will be presenting her research into the commercial potential of cyanobacteria at the conference.
June 18, 2019
Professor Gordan Dougan, FRS (University of Cambridge, UK) was awarded the Marjory Stephenson Prize at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2019. He gave his talk on ‘Putting genomics into action'. In this post, Matt Bassett gives us an overview of the lecture which you can watch below.
June 17, 2019
The Peter Wildy Prize Lecture is awarded each year for outstanding contributions to microbiology education or the communication of microbiology to the public. Professor Laura Bowater (University of East Anglia) won this year’s prize for her work as a committed science communicator who has engaged with a variety of audiences using different media and activities to raise awareness about the role of microbiology in society and of the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.
June 14, 2019
This month on Microbe Talk is the second episode of Domino Effect, the podcast series where a Microbiology Society member is interviewed by another microbiologist who they have never met before. In this episode, Dr Lena Ciric, senior lecturer at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London (UCL) is interviewed by Sarah Jones, PhD student studying Geomicrobiology at Birkbeck and UCL.
June 13, 2019
The winner of the 2019 Fleming Prize was Professor Peter Fineran, Associate Professor and Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Presented with his award for outstanding research at the Microbiology Society's Annual Conference 2019, Professor Fineran gave a talk on his research around phage resistance systems, specifically CRISPR-Cas and toxin-antitoxin/abortive infection systems.
June 12, 2019
On the second day of Annual Conference 2019, Dr Christof Fellmann presented the Microbiology Society Prize Medal Lecture on behalf of Professor Jennifer Doudna. Professor Doudna was awarded the prize in recognition for her fundamental work on CRISPR–Cas systems – used by bacteria and archaea as adaptive immunity against foreign genetic elements such as viruses. The Prize Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding microbiologist who is a global leader in their field and whose work has had a far-reaching impact beyond the discipline of microbiology.
June 11, 2019
Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are some of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been found.
June 6, 2019
Yeasts are a versatile organism and impact our lives in more ways than we may realise. But what research is being done to better understand these tiny organisms? We’ve taken a look at some of the yeast research recently published in Microbiology to find out…