The Cell Cycle Control team is 1 year old and Alex finishes his MRes

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!

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Early Christmas present for the Barr Lab

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!

Shine 2018 London for Cancer Research UK

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.

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Superhero scientists!

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.