Posted 24th November 2017 by Jane Williams
Therapeutic interventions have traditionally been developed for patients with established pathologies and overt clinical symptoms. Many diseases however, are not tractable in later stages and therefore therapies are needed that intervene earlier in the disease continuum.
Posted 6th October 2017 by Jane Williams
Since the minimal cell idea was proposed by Max Delbruck and his Phage School colleagues in the 1930s, biologists have sought to build a cell that encodes only the minimum set of genes necessary for life. Such a minimal cell could be used to investigate the first principles of cellular life.
Posted 14th August 2017 by Jane Williams
Fermentation, commonly used to preserve foods, has become the latest “gut health” phenomenon. Fermented foods contain an array of microorganisms which have the potential to confer health benefits to individuals that ingest them. In fact, there are several fermented beverages and foods currently on the market purported to be health-promoting; not all of which are equally beneficial.
Posted 17th July 2017 by Jane Williams
In recent times, we have seen advances in precision medicine lead to powerful discoveries and improved patient care. Liquid biopsies for example, now have the potential to be a real game-changer in cancer testing and could revolutionise cancer care.
Posted 26th April 2017 by Jane Williams
In the last decade, digital pathology has rapidly expanded to become an essential technology tool to support medical education, tissue based research, drug development, and the practise of clinical pathology.
Posted 12th April 2017 by Jane Williams
In the past decade, microfluidics has emerged as a distinct new field with the potential to influence subjects from chemical synthesis and biological analysis to optics and information technology.
Posted 3rd March 2017 by Jane Williams
The skin acts as an interface between the body and the external environment, protecting us from infections or toxins. It is also home to various microbial communities. The balance of commensal bacteria is indicative of healthy skin, with dysbiosis having been linked to various skin diseases, such as psoriasis. A high relative abundance of Actinobacteria has been detected in healthy human skin but inflammatory lesions from psoriasis patients are characterised by an over-representation of Proteobacteria and an under-representation of Actinobacteria.
Posted 24th February 2017 by Jane Williams
As Director of the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels, I oversee many projects at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center with the goal of developing new technologies that will drive sustainable energy production using bioenergy grasses, algae and oilseed crops.