‘Currently a PhD student at University College London, I recently attended the 2015 Summer School on Mitochondrial RNA Biology in Levi, Finland, with the generous support of a Biochemical Society travel grant. As my primary research focus is aminoglycoside antibiotic hearing loss related to the mitochondrial ribosome, this specialized summer school on mitochondrial RNA biology provided a fantastic opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the latest concepts in my field.
‘Otitis media (OM), more commonly known as ‘glue ear’ affects about 80% children below the age of 3 years and is the commonest cause of paediatric surgery and antibiotic prescription. A large proportion of these children suffer from conductive hearing loss, affecting their speech, language and learning abilities. Thus, this very common, yet highly underestimated disease has major socio-economic implications on the development of any country.
‘My name is Stephanie Braun Galleani, Biochemical Engineer originally from Chile. I did my PhD in Biochemical Engineering at University College London, and I’m currently on the first year of my post-doc in the same department. I work on the development and implementation of synthetic gene networks in the yeast strain Pichia pastoris with the aim of producing industrially attractive mutants.
‘I am a final-year PhD student at the Department of Pathology in the University of Cambridge. I was grateful to receive the Biochemical Society travel grant that allowed me to attend the 34th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Virology (ASV), held at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The ASV Meeting is a leading conference which brings together scientists researching all aspects of virology.
‘The 2015 Gordon Research Conference on the Cell Biology of Metals was held at Mount Snow in Vermont, USA. This was the pre-eminent meeting for scientists interested in understanding the role that metal ions play in the cellular chemistry of living organisms. I am a mid-career researcher, and my studies are conducted in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Adelaide (South Australia, Australia). So travelling to this meeting involved about 22 hours of flights on 3 different planes.