Stamataki Lab News and Events Gallery

Sudha Purswani Defends her PhD Thesis

Congratulations to our PhD student Sudha Purswani for defending her thesis at viva voce examination. Wishing her all the best for a bright future!

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Congratulations to Sudha Purswani, for her PhD thesis defence, in April 2017

Team presentations at the Institute for Immunology and Immunotherapy Away Day 

The inaugural Institute for Immunology and Immunotherapy away day was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their work.

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Scott Davies, Ben Wiggins, Emily Li, Kostas Aliazis and Jai Matharoo presented their work at the I&I Away Day in November 2016

Congratulations to Ben Wiggins for his presentation at ECLCB-7

Our PhD student Ben gave an excellent presentation on his favourite topic of T cell activation and tolerance in the liver at the European Club for Liver Cell Biology meeting,  Ascot, UK.

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Ben Wiggins presenting at the 7th symposium of the European Club for Liver Cell Biology (ECLCB-7) in Ascot, UK.

 

Stamataki Lab Work Experience Students for Summer 2016

Welcome to our new work experience students, who joined our team this summer for a taste of liver biology.

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Yanbo Yin (Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge), Ibtisam Dirie (BMedSc, University of Birmingham), Jai Matharoo (Medicine, University of Birmingham) and Sophie Wiggins (Cotham School, Bristol)

 

Science Week visit to Cotteridge Junior and Infant School

STEM ambassadors from our team visited Cotteridge Junior and Infant School as part of  Science week 2016. We spent time with students from Year 1 and Year 4 classes, performed experiments and demonstrated how much fun it is to be a scientist and work on our amazing livers.

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STEM ambassadors Ben Wiggins, Zania Stamataki, Ditte Hedegaard, Sudha Purswani and Kostas Aliazis at Cotteridge Junior and Infant School -March 2016

Farewell to our visiting postdoc Ke who is returning to China.

Farewell and thank you to Dr Ke Wang, our visiting postdoc from Professor Yuehua Huang’s team at the Third Affiliated Hospital in Sun Yat-sen University, China. Ke is going back to continue his clinical work after a year with us.

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Thank you Ke for your hard work during the past year.

 

Stamataki Lab welcomes the new BMedSc project students

A very warm welcome to Dev and Fras, who joined our lab this week. They will perform experiments towards their final year dissertation for the Biomedical Science BSc.

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From left to right: Dev Sangha, Ben Wiggins, Kostas Aliazis, Zania Stamataki, Sudha Purswani, Hania Asim, Susan Liu, Scott Davies, Bardia Guevel, Fras Ahmad, Ke Wang. 15/01/2016

Members of the Stamataki Lab at the “Meet the Scientist” Event at Think Tank

Scott, Ben, Susan and Zania joined the Centre for Liver Research outreach team at the “Meet the Scientist” event which took place at Think Tank, the Science Museum in Birmingham in October 2015.

Aspiring young scientists performed experiments, learned how to look after their amazing livers, and what can go wrong in liver disease.

Sudha Purswani and Ben Wiggins report from the ECI 2015 in Vienna

The 4th European Congress in Immunology (ECI) took place in Vienna. Our PhD students Sudha Purswani and Ben Wiggins secured funding from the BSI+ECI and BSI respectively to travel to Vienna and present their work on the 6th-9th of September.

Sudha’s talk on Mapping the human liver B cell compartment in health and disease was first in the session on B Cell Development & Homeostasis. Ben presented his work on the importance of considering migration when assessing T cell function as a poster.

Rukhsarr Ahmed won £10,000 scholarship

Rukhsarr Ahmed secured a £10,000 scholarship towards a Masters Degree in Cancer Studies.

Rukhsarr Ahmed secured a £10,000 scholarship towards a Masters Degree in Cancer Studies.

Congratulations to our BMedSci project student Rukhsarr Ahmed, who won a competitive scholarship by the University of Birmingham worth £10,000 towards a Masters Degree in Cancer Studies (September 2015).

Rukhsarr’s passion for tumour biology shone through during her time with us, where she studied Hepatocellular Carcinoma biology.

Find out more about the University of Birmingham Masters Scholarships competitive scheme here.

Our new intercalating medics started this week

Bardia and Hania seen here with all six intercalating medics that joined the Centre for Liver Research this week (1st September 2015).

Intercalating Medics joining the CLR in 2015

Intercalating Medics joining the CLR in 2015

Susan and Colin’s chocolatey treats

Susan and Ben baked tasty chocolate treats to celebrate the completion of Susan’s MRC Confidence in Concept project and the end of Colin’s summer placement.

Sunny Days 2015 

Summer 2015 in the IBR garden, with Colin our visiting summer student from Cambridge and with Shar and Dan, PhD students from the Bailey lab.

Zania selected for the inaugural SUSTAIN programme 

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SUSTAIN is a new programme that will work with women researchers to enable them to thrive in their independent research careers. It provides an innovative programme of training and support to develop participants’ leadership and career potential.

Twenty female scientists have been selected to take part in this programme to help more women achieve senior research positions.

Those chosen to take part in the inaugural SUSTAIN programme, run by the Academy of Medical Sciences, will take part in a year-long programme of training, mentoring and peer networking around research.

Congratulations to Scott Davies for winning best PhD student talk prize

Our Scott won this fluffy penguin prize for giving the best oral presentation at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ PhD student away day. Dudley Zoo, 20th of May 2015.

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Our PhD student Scott Davies with his Best Talk penguin prize!

Ashley Retchless winner of the Dr Falk Pharma UK / Core Awards

Congratulations to Ashley Retchless, our intercalating medical student, who was awarded a Dr Falk Pharma UK / Core charity bursary for 2015. 5th of May 2015.

Ash Retchless winner of Core Award 2015

The Dr Falk/Core awards were established in 2007 to encourage and reward medical students and healthcare professionals with a research interest in gastroenterology and hepatology.

Congratulations to Ben Wiggins, for his MRC Supplementary Funding Award

Our first year PhD student Ben Wiggins was successful in securing competitive funding to support his placement with Bioniz, in California, US. 20 February 2015

Ben Wiggins at Bioniz

Ben Wiggins seen here with Dr Nazli Azimi, Founder and CEO of Bioniz, and postdoctoral scientist Asjad. Bioniz is an emerging bio-pharmaceutical company located in Irvine CA.