Ilona Sunyovzski
Submitted her research proposal for an IFER graduate fellowship and was awarded a grant for stipend top up and consumables of $37500 for 3 years. It was a great supplement for her NHLI studentship for her PhD, where her research will focus on utilising the power of Organ-on-Chip technology to answer fundamental scientific questions.

Academic Prizes

Galen Prize for Biomedical Research 
Adria Canellas Socias (BMR stream)

Magill Prize for Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care 
Timothy Marshall (APMIC stream)

NHLI Prize for Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science
Cheuk Ting Yiu (RCVS stream)

Faculty of Medicine's Dean's Prize 
Ying Ying Tan (APMIC stream)
Athena Cheung (BMR stream)
Sophie Howard (BPI stream)
Oliver Watson (EECID stream)
Christopher Adams (MBHD stream)
Gintare (Amber) Vaitkute (MHD stream)
Leonie Olivia Kohlhammer (PH stream)
Carlo Biffi (RCVS stream)

Achievements directly related to MRes BMR project work

In some cases, the research projects students undertook have led to them becoming co-authored on published papers demonstrating how the MRes in Biomedical Research can valuably enhance your CV. There are also opportunities to take part in conferences or contribute to Imperial's student publications.

Journal Papers (contributing student highlighted in bold) 

ATM and p53 regulate FOXM1 expression via E2F in breast cancer epirubicin treatment and resistance. Millour J, de Olano N, Horimoto Y, Monteiro LJ, Langer JK, Aligue R, Hajji N, Lam EW.  Mol Cancer Ther. 2011 Jun; 10(6):1046-58. Epub 2011 Apr 25.

Systemic gut microbial modulation of bile acid metabolism in host tissue compartments. 
Swann JR, Want EJ, Geier FM, Spagou K, Wilson ID, Sidaway JE, Nicholson JK, Holmes E.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 15;108 Suppl 1:4523-30. Epub 2010 Sept 13.

Collagen binding specificity of the discoidin domain receptors: Binding sites on collagens II and III and molecular determinants for collagen IV recognition by DDR1. Xu, H., Raynal, N, Stathopoulos, S, Myllyharju, J, Farndale, R.W, & Leitinger, B. Matrix Biol 2011 Jan; 30(1): 16-26.

Crystallographic insight into collagen recognition by discoidin domain receptor 2 Carafoli, F, Bihan, D,Stathopoulos, S, Konitsiotis, A.D, Kvansakul, M, Farndale, R.W., Leitinger, B. & Hohenester, E. Structure 2009 Dec 9; 17 (12): 1573-1581.

A metabolic signature of long life in Caenorhabditis elegans. Fuchs S, Bundy JG, Davies SK, Viney JM, Swire JS, Leroi AM BMC Biol. 2010 Feb 1;8:14

Capsaicin-sensitive primary sensory neurons in the mouse express N-Acyl phosphatidylethanolamine phospholipase D. Nagy B, Fedonidis C, Photiou A, Wahba J, Paule CC, Ma D, Buluwela L, Nagy I. Neuroscience. 2009 Jun 30;161(2):572-7. Epub 2009 Mar 25

Probing nanosecond motions of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 by time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy Ko, C. W., et al, Mol Biosyst 2009 Sept 5 (9): 1025-1031. Epub 2009 May 7.

Ring1B and Suv39h1 delineate distinct chromatin states at bivalent genes during early mouse lineage commitment. 1- Alder O*, Lavial F*, Helness A*, Brookes E, Pinho S, Chandrashekran A, Arnaud P, Pombo A, O'Neill L, Azuara V.  Development. 2010 Aug 1;137(15):2483-92. Epub 2010 Jun 23.
* equal contribution


Oral Presentation: Lack of Macrophage Plasticity in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, K.K. Chana, A.M. Day, A. J. N. Ward, P.J.Barnes, L.E. Donnelly. European Respiratory Society Annual Congress, Vienna Austria 2012.

Oral Presentation: Novel Receptor Interactions in Monocyte Chemotaxis, J.E. Pease, M. Fox, F. Kausar, A.M. Day, M. Osborne, J.Goldblatt. Gordon Research Conference: Chemotactic Cytokines, Barga Italy May 2012.

Poster Presentation: Expression of Interleukin-8, IL-8RA and IL-8RB in Ovarian Carcinoma and Their Effect on Platinum Resistance. Braga, V, Jeyapalan, S. Annual NCRI Conference, Liverpool London 2011.

Oral Presentation: Impaired postural control in people after knee injury due to altered muscle activation? Duffell, LD, Lane, I. & McGregor, AH.  Musculoskeletal Technology Network Symposium, 2011.

Achievements since leaving

The majority of our students have gone on to study for PhDs at Imperial or other leading institutions such as UCL, University of Zurich and Oxford. Others have embarked on careers in other sectors. Some examples of recent destinations of our research students include:

  • Orthopaedic Registrar at Kingston Hospital
  • Research Assistant at the Alexander Fleming Institute
  • Singaporean Ministry of Defence
  • Reader in Graduate Medicine at the University of Cambridge
  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation Junior Research Fellowship in Neurosciences at St Edmund College, the University of Oxford