We had a lot to celebrate this week with the lab turning one year old and our first MRes student, Alex, completing his project. Alex has set a high standard for future students and is off to start his PhD at the MRC-LMCB. To celebrate, we did an escape room at ClueQuest which was blooming fantastic. Everyone did a cracking job working together to solve the puzzle. Here’s to many more happy years for the team!
It may have nearly finished him off but Steve completed the London to Brighton 100km this weekend and raised over £1400 for Cancer Research UK. If you haven’t sponsored him yet and want to help ease his pain, consider donating here. Well done Steve! We’re very proud of you!
We have a three year MRC-funded Postdoc position available. So if you’re interested in cell cycle, quiescence, imaging, modelling and want to work in an exciting and dynamic new lab - take a look here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Steve our wonderful lab manager and research assistant is to take part in the 100km London to Brighton challenge in May to raise money for Cancer Research UK. He’s already training hard AND has given up booze for January so definitely deserves your support. Donate what you can here to keep him going through the pain!
We were super excited to receive our new microscope this week - an early Christmas present for the lab. Now we can start the new year with oodles of imaging experiments. It’s incredible how such a microscope can accelerate the research we are able to do. Here’s to a fabulous 2019!
Alexis and three friends took part in the Shine 2018 night-time marathon walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Two of us had taken part in a similar event in Manchester 9 years ago but had clearly forgotten how painful it was and signed up again this year. It was a gruelling event but made bearable by the knowledge that we were raising funds for a great cause, excellent company and London looking wonderful at night. We were all relieved to finish and very happy that we raised over £1000 for CRUK. If you’re feeling generous - you can still sponsor us here.
Towards the end of her time in Chris Bakal’s lab, Alexis had the opportunity to take part in filming for Stand Up To Cancer. Alexis had a great morning being treated like a celebrity and the finished product has just been launched as part of the “It’s Payback Time” campaign. See the final result here! There is also a photo of Alexis looking really angry here.
As of 3rd September the Barr lab is live at Imperial. It's been a week of orientation and meeting new colleagues and full of excitement of things to come.
Alexis will be heading to the Salk Cell Cycle Meeting next week to present her work with Pau Creixell (Yaffe lab, MIT) on the role of priming in Abl kinase regulation of cell cycle substrates. Alexis' attendance at the meeting was made possible by the generous support of the BSCB and Company of Biologists. If you're there - come and say hello!
The new Cell Cycle Control team run by Alexis Barr will start at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at Imperial College London in September 2018! Watch this space!