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Complex Fluids Under Extreme Conditions

30 July 2015

Registration open!

Complex Fluids Under Extreme Conditions

15th September 2015

University of Durham, Durham, UK 

http://compfuec.iopconfs.org/home

This one day meeting will gather researchers from the wide complex fluids community (polymers, colloids, lipids, interfaces) who have an interest in extreme conditions, such as pressure, temperature, confinement, and external fields. The meeting will include time for an extended poster session,  providing the opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas in this exciting research area.

 

Invited Speakers

Professor Roland Winter, University of Dortmund, Germany
Title: Effects of Temperature, Pressure, Crowding and Osmolytes on the Interaction Potential and Phase Behavior of Concentrated Protein Solutions

Professor Glen McHale, University of Northumbria, UK
Title: Structured, Shaped and Slippery Interfaces

Dr Valeria Garbin, Imperial College London, UK
Title: Extreme deformation of complex fluid interfaces

Dr Hugo Christenson, University of Leeds, UK
Title: Freezing of Liquids in Confinement

The meeting is organised by the Institute of Physics Liquids and Complex Fluids Group. For more information, please contact Dr Lorna Dougan (L.Dougan@Leeds.ac.uk) and Dr Margarita Staykova (Margarita.Staykova@durham.ac.uk)

 

 

 




Summer School kicks off

23 July 2015

The School of Physics and Astronomy hosted a 4 day Ogden Trust Physics Summer School this week, with 30 AS-level physics students from across the wide Yorkshire area attending. The event was aimed at high achieving students, and included a mix of workshops and lectures designed to challenge and improve their mathematical skills.

Students also had the opportunity to join research groups in the School for a day, visiting research laboratories and gaining experience of using state-of-the-art equipment. This included spectrometers, x-ray diffractometers, liquid crystals and single molecule force spectroscopy.

 




Soapbox Science!

22 June 2015

On 20th June Dr Lorna Dougan joined 11 other scientists to take part in ‘Soapbox Science’ in Belfast. Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. These events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; following the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by leading scientists.

At the event, which attracted ~2000 people, Lorna presented her research on ‘Using physics to explore life in extreme environments’. This included an introduction to the world of extremophiles, single molecule force spectroscopy and demonstrations of polymer collapse and protein folding. To find out more about Soapbox Science please visit: http://soapboxscience.org/

Dr Lorna Dougan would like to thank the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who sponsored her attendance at Soapbox Science, as well as the European Research Council (ERC) who fund her research on ‘Extreme Biophysics’

 




Critchley to discuss Theranostics

27 April 2015

Dr Kevin Critchley from the MNP group in the School of Physics and Astronomy will be speaking at the 'Nanotechnologies in Drug Delivery Congress' this week in Heathrow, UK.

Dr Critchley will be discussing 'Thernostics: Combining Diagnostics and Delivery in a Single Device', as part of a number of talks on Nanotechnologies from a range of global speakers in the field.

The conference is supported by the British Society for Nanomedicine, French Society for Nanomedicine and Nano Med North and will be running from 27th to 28th April 2015.




Seminar cancellation

13 March 2015

We regret to inform you that the MNP seminar on 25th March has been cancelled, we hope to have Dr. Teuta Pilizota from the University of Edinburgh visit us in the near future.




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23rd April 2014

Congratulations to Adam Churchman who recieved the prize for best poster at this year's IOP Conference, "Solutions in the Spring".

Adam's poster focused on, "Developing microfluidic methods of producing microbubble with an inner oil layer towards hydrophobic delivery".

This year's IOP Conference ran from 11-14th at Homerton College, Cambridge. For more details about the conference, please click here.

 

Physical Sciences and Oncology Away Day success

10th April

The School of Physics and Astronomy recently hosted a Physical Sciences and Oncology Away Day for the Faculty of MaPS. The delegate list included clinicians from the field of Oncology, it was an opportunity for both the Physical Scientists and Clinicians to get together to discuss the challenges. There were 40 delegates in total on the day.

Professor Steve Evans, Head of Group in MNP and Director of Research for the School, led the day and arranged for the following topics to be discussed:

Steve Smye gave an overall introduction to the challenges that researchers in the field are currently facing and David Buckley gave a brief talk about Imaging.

Understanding disease (Basic Sciences/Modelling), introduced by Professor Pam Jones

Diagnostics (Imaging/Sensing) presented by Mr Greg Taylor from St James Hospital

Treatment (Imaging/Delivery) by Professor Peter Selby

Vivian Cosgrove also gave a brief introduction to Radiotherapy Physics Research

The day comprised of small group discussions and workshops, looking at refining the challenges, developing solutions and finally feeding back to the rest of the group.

The intention of the day was to develop new collaborations, we are pleased to say that a very positive outcome was established and we hope to be taking these new ideas forward very soon.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the organisation of the day and for those delegates who took part in what we can confidently say was a very successful day.

 

Megan Hughes wins best presentation at recent PG Symposium

4th April 2014

Congratulations to Miss Megan Hughes on being awarded the best presentation at this years Postrgraduate Symposium, held on Tuesday 1st April 2014.

Megan is part of the Dougan group in Molecular & Nanoscale Physics and is currently focusing her research on physics proteins, which are biological molecules with very important functions in the cell. These molecules have unique 3D shapes and Megan is interested in the importance of the forces that hold this 3D shape together.

To see Megan's prize winning presentation, please click here

Victoria Mico wins best poster prize at recent PG Symposium

4th April 2014

Congratulations to Miss Victoria Mico for winning the best poster prize at this years Annual Postgraduate Symposium.

The poster focused on 'Engineering lipid oil nano-droplets for hydrophobic drug delivery', and included input from Dr Sally Peyman and Professor Stephen Evans. To take a look at the winning poster, please click here

The PG Symposium is held every year at University of Leeds and is a great opportunity for PG in Physics and Astronomy to showcase their research in particular areas.

1st April 2014

Registration Opens for this years Microbubble Symposium

Registration for the Annual Microbubble Symposium opens today, to register, please visit our Microbubble webpage

For a full list of speakers and further details about the Symposium, please click here

This is the fourth year Leeds Microbubble Consortium have hosted the Symposium, for details about previous years, please click here

PhD position: New single molecule techniques for understanding protein-DNA interactions

28th March

DEADLINE: 1st MAY 2014

BACKGROUND

Protein-DNA interactions are central to many major cellular processes, including transcription, replication, and packaging of DNA into chromatin. However, we still know very little about how proteins interact physically with DNA. Without this basic knowledge we will be unable to understand many of the processes underpinning nucleic acid metabolism. New approaches are therefore required to probe directly how proteins bind to and manipulate DNA.

THE PROJECT

The project will exploit novel single molecule approaches to examine protein-DNA complexes with unprecedented molecular resolution. The ability to control, manipulate and interrogate single molecules will provide powerful insight into the function of these systems and, ultimately, will help us to understand the processes that underpin all aspects of nucleic acid metabolism. The project will make use of novel direct physical approaches to characterise the stability, flexibility and function of protein-DNA complexes (force clamp AFM) and will benefit from the unique collection of skills and experience of the research team.

The project is a collaboration between Dr Lorna Dougan in Physics at Leeds and Prof Peter McGlynn  in Biology at York.

THE NETWORK

This project forms part of a new White Rose studentship network “New single molecule techniques for understanding the physics of living systems” and is made up of a team of collaborators from the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York. The goal of the network is to develop new physical approaches to answer biological questions and new ways for working collaboratively across the physics-life science interface to maximise the impact of these approaches.

If you are interested, please contact Dr Lorna Dougan - l.dougan@leeds.ac.uk

 

Registration for the Microbubble Symposium on April 1st

24th March

Registration will open for the Annual Microbubble Symposium on Tuesday 1st April.

This year we have another impressive line up of high profile speakers from the Microbubble field, including:

Valeria Garbin, Ian Miller, Jose Manuel Gordillo Arias de Saavedra, Abraham Lee, T.G.Leighton, Michiel Postema, Neil Thomson, Alexander Klibanov and Juergen Willmann

The Symposium will run over 2 days, from 1pm on Monday 14th July to Tuesday 15th July.

Full details of registration costs will be available on the Microbubble website from 1st April.

Leeds' Academic's speak at LCMB conference in India

7 March 2014

Professor Stephen Evans and Professor Richard Bushy recently attended the 'Light in Chemistry, Materials and Biology' in Kharagpur, India. Both were invited to speak at the conference and Richard was announced as the guest of honour.

The conference ran from 24th to 25th February 2014 at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur.

Speakers Announced for Forthcoming Microbubble Symposium

13 February 2014

We are pleased to confirm the following people will be speaking at this year's...

We are pleased to confirm the following people will be speaking at this year's Microbubble Symposium at Weetwood Hall, 14-15 July:

Valeria Garbin - Imperial College London

Jose Manuel Gordillo Arias de Saavedra - Sevilla University

Alexander Klibanov - University of Virginia

Abraham Lee - UC Irvine

T.G.Leighton - University of Southampton

Michiel Postema - University of Bergen

Ronald Roy - University of Oxford

Neil Thomson - University of Leeds

Juergen Karl Willmann - Stanford University

Registration will open on 1st April, further details will be listed on our Microbubble page, here

Leeds Microbubble Group attend 19th European Symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging

23-24th January 2014

Members of the Leeds Microbubble Group attended the 20th European Symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging in Rotterdam.

Sally Peyman produced the following poster about Microbubbles as stable drug-loadable structures toward targeted, triggered drug delivery, which can be viewed here.

For more information please click here.

Leeds Microbubble Group feature in Soft Matter blog

Issue 5, 2014

'Self-assembly of actin scaffolds on lipid microbubbles.' Please use the links below to take a further look at the paper and also the front cover of the blog.

Soft Matter Hot Papers 2014

Soft Matter Blog

Front Cover

Congratulations to those involved: George R. Heath, Radwa H. Abou-Saleh, Sally A. Peyman, Benjamin R.G. Johnson, Simon D. Connell and Stephen D. Evans

Microbubble Symposium 2013

The Annual Leeds Microbubble Symposium was held in June 2013 this year. Guest speakers included a number of world leaders in Microbubble research. The list of speaker is as follows:

Mark Borden, Eleanor Stride, Mangala Srinivas ,Michael Versluis, James McLaughlan, Oliver Couture, Georg Schmitz, Georg Feichtinger, Lori Bridal, Alexander Kilbanov, Klazina Koiiman, Heleen Dewitte, Jeff Bamber, Sandra Meyer and Paul Sidhu.

More details about the Annual Symposium can be found here.

14/07/13: Epigem and University of Leeds unveil first Microbubble Instrument - The HORIZON - for more information, click here