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Nanobody technology offers promise for stopping cancer spread

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New research carried out at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the CRUK Scotland Institute and the University of Cambridge, has led to the discovery of a nanobody that offers a potential new approach for preventing the spread of cancer, known as metastasis. A protein called Fascin-1, which is found at high levels in...

Professor Sheena Radford elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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A huge congratulations to Professor Sheena Radford who has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership of the Academy is among the highest honours in science. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars based in the United States of America. Established by an...

Congratulations to Professor Sheena Radford on receiving the Biochemical Society’s Centenary Award for 2025.

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Professor Sheena Radford has been awarded the Biochemical Society’s Centenary Award for 2025. The Centenary Award is awarded annually to a molecular bioscientist based on the impact of their research and a demonstrable commitment to build, support, and nurture talent within the scientific community. Sheena said: "I am delighted and humbled to receive this award. I...

Shapeshifting fibers: capturing the transformation of a rogue protein

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For the first time, an interdisciplinary team of researchers has revealed intricate 3D detail of how the structure of a malfunctioning protein, hIAPP, evolves over time. Scientists used Cryo-Electron Microscopy (cryoEM) – a high resolution imaging technique - to determine the structures of the hIAPP amyloid fibrils present at three distinct points of growth; an...

Congratulations to Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso on being promoted to Professor

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  Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso, from the School of Biology, is celebrating becoming the second person from Leeds to earn a senior promotion after joining the ground-breaking 100 Black Women Professors NOW! programme. The pioneering systemic change programme aims to break down barriers by increasing the number of Black women in the academic pipeline. When it was launched in...

BK virus: a potential complication after a kidney transplant

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Professor Andrew Macdonald, Pro Dean for Research and Innovation, talks to Kidney Matters about how research at University of Leeds is supporting the development of new treatments for BK virus. BK virus is a common virus that infects most people by the age of about 10 years. A healthy immune system keeps the virus in...

Scientists secure funding to push the boundaries of bioscience research

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Two researchers in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Dr Juan Fontana and Professor Frank Sobott, are to receive a share of £12 million to pursue visionary bioscience research. The projects, which have been funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will explore early-stage ideas at the frontiers of bioscience and will use state...

How a tumour suppressor repairs DNA

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  For the first time, scientists have witnessed new molecular behaviour in proteins that protect us from cancer. Scientists in the have identified new features of BRCA1–BARD1, a group of proteins that play a critical role in repairing damaged DNA. Using ground-breaking imaging techniques, thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment at the Astbury and Bragg centres in...