British Society for Cell Biology awards 2022: former Department of Biochemistry students win prestigious BSCB awards

We were delighted to see two former Department of Biochemistry students, Florence Young and Iona Manley, awarded prestigious prizes by the British Society for Cell Biology (BSCB) in recognition of their work in the field of Cell Biology. 

Florence Young, a former Department of Biochemistry student, won the 2022 British Society for Cell Biology PhD Award - Raff Medal. Florence studied for her combined undergraduate and Masters degree in the Department of Biochemistry and graduated with Honours in 2017. During her Masters, Florence worked in the Ilan Davis lab and was studying cytoplasmic mRNA localisation in the Drosophila larval brain. Florence then completed her PhD in Dr Simon Bullock's lab at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

You can follow Florence on Twitter on @FlorenceLYoung and find further information about her award-winning research on the BSCB's website: BSCB PhD Award - Raff Medal Winner 2022

Credit: British Society for Cell Biology 2022

Iona Manley, a former Part II student in the Francis Barr lab and now a PhD student in the William Dunn School of Pathology, won the 2022 British Society for Cell Biology Young Biologist of the Year Prize. Iona was awarded the prize after presenting her poster "A novel mechanism of spindle assembly checkpoint regulation through CDK1 regulation of outer-kinetochore assembly". Over the course of her PhD, Iona has been investigating the kinase and phosphatase balance involved in regulating outer-kinetochore assembly in mammalian cells and the impact that this has on the spindle assembly checkpoint and accurate chromosome segregation in mitosis. 

You can find out more about Iona's BSCB prize on the William Dunn School of Pathology's website