Justyna attends Journey Climate KIC

Journey Climate KIC is the world’s largest climate innovation summer school and involves three weeks of workshops about climate change and climate business challenges. However, perhaps the most important and interesting aspect for the students was learning how to transform that knowledge into the innovative business solution.

Participants were tasked with developing an innovative idea, which has a positive climate impact. The business had to mitigate, enable or adapt technologies to combat climate change. Justyna and her coworkers were provided with workshops that helped them build a business plan.

We are proud to report that Justyna’s team won the audience award for the pitch and business idea!!

Biotechnology YES

Biotechnology YES is an innovative competition to promote entrepreneurship and commercialization of ideas among early career researchers in the UK. The competition was hosted in Syngenta and the business idea had to relate to plants, mcrobs or the environment.

Justyna took part in the competition in 2018 and was part of a diverse team. Their business, called SporeRadical Solutions, aimed to fight fungal pathogens and reducing usage of fungicides by applying an automated in-field early detection system to detect and identify airborne spores.

The team gave a pitch in front of investors who were interested in biotech broadly. The team also had an interesting tour around Syngenta greenhouses, where they screen plants against various chemicals.

The O’Reilly Group Expands

The newest member of the O’Reilly Research Group has arrived. Welcome to baby Molly Phyllis Murphy!

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Off on Maternity Leave

Last day at the University of Nottingham before beginning my maternity leave. Thanks to my colleagues for joining me for coffee and cake. The real work now begins!

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Ryan, Justyna and Stelios enjoying the food, drink, company and of course the science at BIOCAT 2018.


ESBOC 2016

The 50th ESBOC took place May 20-22nd at Gregynog. Tom, Stelios and Andrew all attended and presented posters.


Pictures from the National Postgraduate Symposium for the RSC Chemical Biology and BioOrganic Group

Our group were well represented at the Postgraduate Symposium, which took place on May 19th 2016. The meeting was attended by postgraduate students from all over the country and packed full of excellent PhD talks and a diverse display of high quality posters.


Our New Research Lab

We are extremely lucky to have recently moved into a beautiful new research laboratory. We moved in in February 2016 and it is now a hive of activity.


The New Lab Build

Here are some pictures of our new lab under construction. We should be moving in within the next six weeks! This will represent our third and (hopefully) final lab move.

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Lab Moving Day

It was a busy weekend moving labs but we are now settling into our new (temporary) lab in Chemistry, which has a lot more space. Below, there are some pictures of our new lab, which is due for completion in about a month.

Some nice new equipment

Our lab has been kitted out with the latest synthetic chemistry and biotechnology equipment. We're set up for synthetic chemistry, microbiology and molecular biology, including a new GC-FID to simplify all our analysis. We will be relocating to a brand new research lab within the School of Chemistry in October 2015.


Gregynog Synthesis Workshop

A few snaps from the Gregynog Synthesis Workshop that took place Wednesday 9th-Friday 11th September. Good weather two years in a row!

More pictures to come so please visit again!