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Congratulations to Johanna Laibe

Congratulations to Johanna Laibe who has been recommended to be awarded an MSc by Research, subject to minor corrections to her thesis (3 August 2017).  Johanna is supervised by Dr JC Nebel (DoS) and Prof Barbara Pierscionek, and the title of her thesis is “Coil conversion to β-strand induced by dimerisation”. The examiners were Prof ...

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DCRG researchers present poster at international meeting on heart research

DCRG researchers Dr Andrew Snabaitis and Dr Jonathan Cowan attended the 34th Meeting of the European Section of the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR), held at Hamburg University in the the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), one of North Germany’s largest hospitals. They presented a poster entitled “Regulation of cardiomyocyte DNA damage and apoptosis ...

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Kingston University’s Caterham racing team take to the track at Rockingham in Corby

Technicians and students from the University's School of Engineering have taken to the track in the latest race of the MSVT Trackday Championship. Last year, a team of students – supported by automotive technician and team leader Dale Cooper – built a Caterham racing car which they took around the country to compete against other amateur teams. ...

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Congratulations to Fadel Lhaf

Congratulations to Fadel Lhaf for passing his PhD viva, subject to minor corrections. Thanks to Mike Christie (Lincoln) and Mike Stolinski (Kingston) for examining his thesis.

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STEM ambassadors and teachers get hands on with new science facilities during Penrhyn Road outreach event

STEM ambassadors and science teachers were given the chance to get hands on with some of the state-of-the-art new science and technology facilities at Kingston University during an outreach event at Penrhyn Road. Staff from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing linked up with the University’s widening participation team to host the day, in collaboration ...

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Kingston University’s lab in a lorry opens doors to public at Love Kingston event

Lab in a Lorry

Children were given the chance to try their hand at a range of fun science activities and experiments when Kingston University's state-of-the-art mobile laboratory opened its doors to families shopping in Kingston town centre. Academics from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, STEM outreach staff and  student ambassadors were on hand to open up the ...

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British Heart Foundation funding awarded to Kingston University is helping to understand why heart cells die

Dr Andrew Snabaitis of the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Research Group (DCRG) was awarded one of nine grants currently funded by the British Heart Foundation.  As a new article on the BHF website says: “Heart failure is a devastating condition that affects over half a million people in the UK, and there is currently no cure. It ...

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Congratulations to Dr Olga Eleftheriadou

Congratulations to DCRG student Dr Olga Eleftheriadou for successfully passing her PhD viva! Olga’s PhD is entitled ‘Regulation of the PP2Ac, PP4c, PP6c and alpha4 signalling axis in the myocardium: roles in calcium homeostasis and myocyte hypertrophy’, and she was supervised by Dr Andrew Snabaitis (DoS), Dr Ali Ryan, and Prof Michael Shattock (Kings College London).

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Study explores the complexity of the SPARC family of proteins and their role in the pancreas

Final year PhD student Katrina Viloria

A recent study published by the group of Dr Natasha Hill in the journal Scientific Reports entitled ‘A holistic approach to dissecting SPARC family protein complexity reveals FSTL-1 as an inhibitor of pancreatic cell growth’ explores the complexity of the SPARC family of proteins and their role in the pancreas. The first author of the study, ...

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New study shows importance of Type 2A protein phosphatases in cardiac hypertrophy

A new study published this month by Dr Olga Eleftheriadou and Dr Andrew Snabaitis shows for the first time the importance of a family of proteins called Type 2A protein phosphatases in cardiac hypertrophy. Type 2A protein phosphatases are a ubiquitous family of enzymes that are characterized by the catalytic subunits PP2AC, PP4C and PP6C which ...

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