Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Exclusive Guest Blog coming soon: Professor Dennis Burton, The Scripps Institute, California.

Over the next week or so, I will be working with Professor Dennis Burton, the current James and Jessie Minor Chair in Immunology and Chairman of the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science at the Internationally renowned Life Sciences Research Institute in San Diego, Southern California: simply known as "The Scripps". Dennis was born in Cumbria and following degrees in Chemistry and Biophysics at the Universities of Oxford and Lund, Sweden, he has made a series of landmark discoveries in immunology. His list of achievement are summarised here. His current research focuses on the development of a vaccine to combat the global threat of AIDS. I am looking forward to sharing Dennis's story with you this month. If you are interested in earlier Guest Blogs from eminent scientists you can read about Professor John Guest, one of the team that determined the relationship between gene and protein sequences. Or Sir Rich Roberts, who was awarded a share in the Nobel Prize for demonstrating that vertebrate genes contain introns and exons (this one comes in 3 parts!). One early visitor to the UTC, and a local Liverpool lad, was Professor Phil Ingham, who tells his story about discovering a gene that determines how Drosophila (and humans) develop: Hedgehog. Finally, you can see what it is like to be a scientist in Hungary here (this is in 2 parts).

To be continued soon.....

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