Catarina Henriques was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society. Catarina is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Oncology and Metabolism. Her work bridges the interests of the Bateson Centre and the MRC/ARUK Centre for Integrated Research in Musculoskeletal Ageing. Catarina was the first person to characterise ageing in the telomerase deficient zebrafish, thereby establishing the world’s first model organism which ages in a telomere-dependent manner. Catarina’s Fellowship uses this model to understand the interaction of immunity and cellular senescence in Ageing.
Noémie Hamilton from the Renshaw lab was recently awarded a 3 year Fellowship from the European Leukodystrophy Association. Noémie’s ELA fellowship will use zebrafish to identify therapies for a rare auto inflammatory disorder caused by the mutation in the Ribonuclease T2 gene (rnaset2). This project will also explore the role of endogenous retrovirus in the development of the auto inflammatory disorders.
Audrey Bernut, from Montpelier, has been awarded a 2 year EU FP7 Marie Curie Intraeuropean fellowship to use zebrafish mutants of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR), to analyse the impact of CFTR mutations on immune cell function in isolation from the chronic infection seen in mammalian systems. Audrey is a very high quality researcher with many (19 in total) publications in journals such as PNAS and PLoS Pathogens – very impressive since she is only 2 years out of her PhD. Audrey started in Sheffield this month and will take up her fellowship in June.