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!
Devi, Niamh and Vivien attended the 14th International Conference on Limb Development and Regeneration in Edinburgh in July. Devi presented a talk entitled Identifying critical time points for early chick hip development, Vivien presented a poster entitled The effects of fetal immobility on shoulder joint shape over development, and Niamh gave an invited talk on Fetal movement matters: the importance of biomechanical influences in shaping the prenatal skeleton. Devi and Vivien made the most of their time in Scotland and danced the night away at the traditional ceili! Well done to both- pictured here at Vivien’s poster.
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!
Congratulations to Stefaan who was awarded first prize Oral Presentation at the Anatomical Society Meeting “Anatomists at the Edge” in Galway in June 2017. Well done Stefaan!
Devi presented her work at a lively poster session at the same meeting.
The group showcased our research to hundreds of school children and members of the public at the 2017 Imperial College Festival from the 5-7 May. Children got stuck in with making joint shapes from Play-Doh and matching them to the real shapes on 3D-printed fetal bones, and children and adults alike were wowed by our videos of babies moving in the womb. A big thank-you to all the group who put in such a big effort to entertain and excite so many visitors to Imperial!
A big welcome to Saima Ahmed, who joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Saima will be working on characterising the cell and matrix level events contributing to joint morphogenesis. Saima completed her PhD studies in the University of Sheffield in 2017.
Huge congratulations to Vikesh, who passed his PhD viva on Friday. His thesis is entitled Mechanical Stimulation and Morphogenesis of the Embryonic Chick Knee Joint. Vikesh has been a great support and friend to all the group, and we know that great things lie ahead for him. Vikesh’s great research on using a bioreactor system to understand the link between mechanical forces and development of joints shape is being continued on by Cristian.
Stefaan and Niamh travelled to San Diego this month for the 2017 Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) meeting. Stefaan was a finalist for a prestigious New Investigator Recognition Award for his paper on “Exploring the link between fetal movements and hip dysplasia in singleton and twin pregnancies”. Niamh presented a paper on “Short periods of fetal immobility lead to dramatic effects on spine and rib development”, and also showcased Vivien’s poster entitled “Quantifying the effects of fetal immobility on joint morphogenesis using 3D image registration techniques”.