A warm welcome to two new PhD students, James and Josépha, and two new MRes students, Seb and Stephanie, who joined the group in October. Looking forward to great research activities ahead! The group celebrated the new academic year with an escape the room activity- lots of fun as always!
The entire group (including alumnus Stefaan) traveled to Dublin for the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics in July. Between us, we presented seven talks and one poster, as listed below. Aurélie and Kaushik also presented abstracts based on their PhD projects. Niamh was Co-Chair for the ‘Emerging Areas’ Track and a Session Chair for the “Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Development” session. A particular highlight of the meeting was Stefaan giving a plenary lecture to mark the Perren Award.
Aurélie: Critical timings of fetal mobility for spine and rib development
Cristian: Frequency and duration of mechanical stimulation influence mineralisation of developing chick limbs cultured in vitro
Devi: Timing of movement is essential for cavitation and morphogenesis of the developing chick hip joint
Kaushik: Musculoskeletal forces and prenatal skeletogenesis: a murine model
Niamh: Directing cartilage growth in vitro: learning from developmental biology
Saima: Characterisation of collagen distribution in the prenatal forelimb using immunofluorescence and high-resolution microscopy
Stefaan: Biomechanical stimulation of the fetal skeleton linked to risk factors for developmental dysplasia of the hip
Vivien: Shoulder joint shape is rescued as development progresses when limb musculature is absent in the murine embryo
(Image credits: Cristian Parisi, Devi Bridglal, @WCB2018, Saima Ahmed, Aurélie Levillain)
Kaushik has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, to start in September 2018. Kaushik’s fellowship is entitled “Mechanobiology of Proprioceptive Regulation of Bone and Joint Morphogenesis” and will involve collaboration between the Developmental Biomechanics group at Imperial College London, and the Zelzer Lab at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Congratulations Kaushik!
Congratulations to Aurélie and Cristian who have received travel awards from the European Society of Biomechanics for the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin in July! Aurélie will present her work on ‘Critical timings of fetal mobility for spine and rib development’ and Cristian will present work entitled ‘Frequency and duration of mechanical stimulation influence mineralisation of developing chick limbs cultured in vitro’. Well done!
Congratulations to Stefaan and co-authors whose paper entitled “Altered Biomechanical Stimulation of the Developing Hip Joint in Presence of Hip Dysplasia Risk Factors” (soon to be published in the Journal of Biomechanics) has been awarded the 2018 S.M. Perren Award by the European Society of Biomechanics! Stefaan will present a plenary lecture of the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland in July.
Congratulations to Saima who has been awarded, not one, but two travel awards/grants for conference travel this summer. Saima received the British Society of Matrix Biology FECTS bursary to attend the Matrix Biology Europe conference (worth approx £1,000) and the the Physiological Society Travel Grant, worth up to £700, to attend the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin: Well done Saima!
Very best wishes to Dr Stefaan Verbruggen, who has started a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship. He will spend 2018 in Columbia University and 2019 in Queen Mary University in London. After more than three years in the group, Stefaan will be much missed by all of us! Stefaan’s send-off nicely coincided with our Christmas Party, pictured here.
A warm welcome to our newest group member Yuming Huang, who joined us as a PhD student this October. Yuming did his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering right here in Imperial College, graduating in 2017. Yuming is currently enjoying getting up and running in the lab, and reading all about the wonderful world of developmental biomechanics. Welcome Yuming!!
Soapbox Art & Science is a collaborative project between artists and scientists to inspire a new generation of scientists and tackle gender issues in science careers. Niamh took part in the project, collaborating with artist Julie Light, culminating in a public outreach event in Thamesmead, London on Saturday 16th September. Check out the pictures of the Julie’s piece of latex art inspired by a baby’s kicks, and of the event itself, below!
The Nowlan group had a great time at their annual outing in July- this year to ClueQuest followed by a tasty Greek lunch. Both teams managed to escape their rooms in time, but Team 2 were the winners by a whole two minutes! Well done to the victors; Aurélie, Devi, Stefaan & Vivien!