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Amy Eacock Graduation 2018
Dr Amy Eacock

This year's Summer Graduation saw 26 students from the Institute of Integrative Biology celebrate as they received their postgraduate degrees. 

Graduates included Dr Amy Eacock, who studied ‘Extraocular photoreception and colour plasticity in lepidopteran caterpillars, with emphasis on the peppered moth (Biston betularia)’, supervised by Prof Ilik Saccheri

On her time in the Institute, Amy said: “I found that there was always a friendly and supportive atmosphere in IIB amongst staff and students. I enjoyed working with a great team of fellow students in the Postgraduate Society for most of my PhD, where we helped in initiating the first Wellbeing Week which still runs annually.”

Amy has now taken up a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany, researching how organisms adapt in response to toxins. 

 Matthew Faulkner and Luning Liu

Dr Matthew Faulkner carried out a Royal Society funded PhD on ‘Nanomechanics of bacterial carbon fixation machinery’, supervised by Dr Luning Liu

Matthew said: “Finishing my PhD has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life, and yet it has been the most stressful at the same time! The IIB is a great place to work and I thank you all for supporting me through the stressful times, and celebrating with me in the good.”

Matthew is currently carrying out further research in the Institute, with several fellowship and PDRA applications pending.

 Louise Takeshita Graduation 2018

Dr Louise Takeshita, an international student from Brazil, studied ‘Bioinformatics approaches to investigate the effect of immune system molecular variability on human health’, supervised by Prof Andy Jones

Louise said: “Doing a PhD was an emotional roller-coaster, where there were moments of sheer happiness and others of great stress. But this journey is what makes being awarded a PhD such an invaluable experience and a proud day. I am deeply thankful for the outstanding support provided by the IIB during this journey."

Louise is now working as a data analyst in the Institute’s Computational Biology Facility.

PhD graduates

Ali Abbas – ‘Developing tools for rapid population genomics by targeted SNP discovery and typing in Trypanosoma congolense’

Wazeera Abdullah – ‘Diversity and roles of mycorrhizal fungi’

Jamie Alison - ‘Landscape scale synergies between agri-environment schemes and protected sites’

Aiseta Baradji - ‘Structure and function of the extracellular matrix’

Richard Bennett - ‘Double standards in proteomics’

Shaun Calvert - ‘Assessment of DNA Damage Repair Mechanisms in the Long-lived Cancer Resistant Model, the Naked Mole-rat’

Selene Casella – ‘Native organisation and adaptation of electron transport pathways’

Yiyun Chen – ‘The role of community dynamics in modulating virulence of Staphylococcus aureus’

Chris Corbin - ‘Protective symbionts and the evolutionary ecology of insect defence’

Jack Davies – ‘Functional genomics of Crassulacean acid metabolism’

Amy Eacock – ‘Extraocular photoreception and colour plasticity in lepidopteran caterpillars, with emphasis on the peppered moth (Biston betularia)’

Matthew Faulkner – ‘Nanomechanics of bacterial carbon fixation machinery’

Sean Goodman – ‘A genomic approach to understanding oil recovery on unconventional oil’

Anshul Gupta – ‘Metagenomes and Metatranscriptomes of Cellulolytic Communities in Anoxic Environments’

Kieran Hand – ‘The development and investigation into the safety and efficacy of novel inhibitor compounds against cardiac amyloid aggregation’

Gemma Hardman – ‘Development of MS-based strategies for the analysis of histidine phosphorylation’

Edward Humphries – ‘Role of exchange proteins directly activated by cAMP (Epac) in the regulation of vascular smooth muscle contractility’

Fiona Jones - ‘What does it take to make a muscle stem cell?’

Stuart McEwen – ‘Characterisation of Stx-phage adsorption: the essential outer-membrane protein, BamA’

Christopher Mitchell – ‘Predicting the distribution of culture in across animal taxa: a behavioural-phylogenetic approach’

Daniele Parisi – ‘RNA degradation and translational repression – a structural analysis’

Rebecca Pattison – ‘New approaches to rapid diagnosis of disease’

Louise Takeshita – ‘Bioinformatics approaches to investigate the effect of immune system molecular variability on human health’

Sarah Taylor – ‘Synthetic Heparan Sulfate Glycans for Regenerative Medicine’

Xizhang Zhao – ‘The regulation of membrane function and its impact on virulence and metabolism of Staphylococcus aureus’


MRes graduate

Adam Harris - 'Metagenomic community analysis of bacterial populations in a forest soil ecosystem reveals spatial and temporal changes in microbial diversity'