BSDB Medal & Award winners of 2018

This year was a special BSDB Spring Meeting! We celebrated the 70th anniversary of our society. If you weren’t there and would like to get a taste of the meeting, or you would like to relive the experience, please download the abstract book or listen to the especially composed history rap. As every year, the Spring meeting was the time of awards and medals! The BSDB would like to congratulate all awardees and prize winners, who are listed below. Some award presentations were filmed and the Company of Biologists team conducted a number of interviews with some of the prize winners. These will be linked out from here as they become available.

► Medal Awards

► Writing competition (PhD & postdoc – LINK)

  • winner (attendance at the 77th Annual SDB meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA): Daniyal Jafree (UCL) – “The paper in Developmental Biology that most inspired me
  • runner up: Laura Hankins (Dunn school, Oxford) – “Painting the embryo by numbers: how nature provided the tools for an inspirational experiment
  • runner up: Victoria Rook (Queen Mary, London) – “Is the future of developmental biology written in science fiction?

► PhD Poster Prizes

  • 1st Prize (attendance at the 77th Annual SDB meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA): Christian Louis Bonatto-Paesse (Oxford Brookes Univ.; McGregor group) – Poster 153 “A Sox gene is a key player in spider embryogenesis
  • 2nd Prize (£50 bank transfer): Natalie Kirkland (UCL, Paluch group) – Poster 4 “Investigating Mitotic Nuclear Dynamics of Pseudo-Stratified Epithelia in Drosophila melanogaster

► Postdoc Poster Prizes

  • 1st Prize (£200 bank transfer): Sarah Bowling (Imperial College London; Rodriguez group) – Poster 273 “P53 and mTOR signalling determine fitness selection through cell competition during early mouse embryonic development
  • 2nd Prize (£50 bank transfer): Michelle Percharde (UCSF) – Poster 135 “The LINE1 retrotransposon regulates early embryonic cell identity

► Other

  • BSDB Exhibition Passport Prize Winner (£200 Blackwell’s book tokens): Afnan Azizi (Univ. Cambridge)
  • The Dennis Summerbell Award will be announce at the next Autumn Meeting, but we would like to congratulate again the awardee of 2017: Helen Weaver (Univ. of Bristol)

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