In the third round of applications for 2017, Kerry Goodman, Filip Wymeersch and Thibaud Renault have been selected by eLife Senior Editors to receive travel grants, based on the quality of the eLife papers they put forward for consideration. The grants of up to $1,000 each will allow the winners to travel to attend a meeting of their choice and present their work, helping them to get exposure and gain recognition among leading scientists in their fields. Applications for this round were once again high and we’d like to thank everyone who has applied so far. 10 grants are still available before the final deadline in October and the next set of deadlines and details of how to apply can be found here.
Kerry Goodman from Columbia University will travel to Hyderabad, India, to present at the 24th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr 2017). There she’ll discuss her work using cell aggregation assays, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, biophysical measurements, and computational modelling, to determine the molecular logic by which Pcdhs mediate neuronal self-vs-non-self discrimination.
Filip Wymeersch from the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh presented at the International Congress of Developmental Biologists in Singapore. His research looks into the transcriptional profiling of three major axial progenitor types along the period of embryonic axis elongation and how that signature relates to the patterning of the anteroposterior and mediolateral axes. His hope at the meeting was to get valuable feedback on his work, whilst seizing the opportunity to make connections with leading scientists in developmental and stem cell biology.
Thibaud Renault, a postdoc at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, will present his work at EMBO Bacterial networks (BacNet17) in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain. His paper, published recently in eLife, looked at how bacteria manage to assemble the building blocks of flagella, long tail-like filaments that stick out from the cell, outside of the cell, where no discernible energy source is available. Using mathematical modelling and biochemical and microscopy techniques to observe this in real time, his findings work toward the design of new antibiotics targeted against type III secretion systems.
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