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Farewell to Tian

This month we say farewell to Dr. Tian Tian. Tian has been with us for the past 5 years, time during which he has completed his PhD and co-founded Immaterial labs. Tian and his wife are also expecting a little boy. We wish them luck and courage!

Farewell to Peyman

Farewell to PDRA Dr. Peyman Z. Moghadam, who has been a part of our lab for the past 3 years. Peyman will be taking on the new and exciting role of Lecturer at University of Sheffield.

Targeting hard to treat cancers

While the survival rate for most cancers has doubled over the past 40 years, some cancers such as those of the pancreas, brain, lung and oesophagus still have low survival rates. Such cancers are now the target of a £10M Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) led by the University of Cambridge and involving researchers from Imperial College London, University College London and the Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham.Among chemists, engineers, material scientists and pharmacologists, CEB research teams from David Fairen-Jimenez and Ljiljana Fruk will lead the development of outstanding high-loading drugs nanoparticles that will be combined with injectable gels and implantable devices to deliver the drugs. Cancer scientists and clinicians from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre and partner sites will devise and carry out clinical trials. Experts in innovative manufacturing technologies will ensure the devices are able to be manufactured and robust enough to withstand surgical manipulation.

More information can be found here.

How to find the right place for your Ph.D. or postdoc

Choosing where to do your Ph.D. or postdoc can be a career-defining decision. There are probably myriad places where you could have a truly rewarding experience, but getting it wrong can have dire consequences. Finding a good spot is a personal thing — a great fit for someone else may not suit you at all — so it is essential that you go into your search with a good idea of what you want. To get you started, and to offer some examples of the varied approaches others have taken to maximize their chances of finding a Ph.D. or postdoc position that is right for them, Science Careers asked researchers at different career stages to discuss their experiences of searching for a lab, principal investigator (PI), adviser, or training position and the lessons they learned along the way.

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Farewell to Raymond

This month we say farewell to visiting student Raymond from KAIST. Raymond has been with us for the past 6 months working on computational simulations of MOFs for drug delivery applications.

SRUK 2018 Emerging Talent Award

Dr David Fairén-Jiménez has been awarded the SRUK 2018 Emerging Talent Award by the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) and Fundación Banco Santander. The award recognizes his excellent academic career in the chemistry of advanced materials, a career that ranges from the design of new materials to its development and commercialization with therapeutic and industrial use.

More information can be found here.

Memorize or innovate? Cambridge’s Spanish faculty members compare methods

At Cambridge University, exams are anonymous. Students use a number, not their name, and the tests are corrected by a committee of experts, not by the professor who teaches the course. That is one of the big differences between the second-oldest higher education center in Britain and Spain’s public universities.

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Dr David Fairen-Jimenez received ERC grant

Dr David Fairen-Jimenez has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant of €1.9 million. Set up in 2007 by the EuropeanCommission, the ERC is the first European funding organisation to pursue the most promising avenues at the frontier of science. ERC Consolidator Grants are to strengthen researchers' independence and help them establish themselves as leaders in their scientific fields. In particular, David’s proposal focuses on the design and development of a new generation of nanocapsules for drug delivery and bioimaging in cancer diagnosis and therapy. These nanocapsules consist on enhanced metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), one of the most exciting developmentsin recent porous materials science as a way to protect and deliver therapeutic agentsincluding macromolecules such as small peptides and RNA.

More information can be found here.