science and society

Mike Murphy talks to The Royal Society about the chemical biology of mitochondria

Mike Murphy, Group Leader/PI of the MRC MBU, organised a Royal Society scientific discussion meeting entitled 'Chemical biology approaches to assessing and modulating mitochondria', bringing together biologists, chemists and clinicians to discuss recent developments in the field.

Select talks were subsequently published in an issue of Interface Focus as a record of work to date and as a stimulus to future work. The Royal Society spoke to Mike about his work, the meeting and how the field could progress.

Broadening Horizons: Careers Fair for Primary School Students

On Friday, 9 December 2016 members of the MRC MBU participated in a careers fair for primary school students from Bassingbourn, Fowlmere, Foxton, Hauxton, Meldreth and Kings Hedges. The event was organised by Form the Future and held in the Lord Ashcroft Building at Anglia Ruskin University.

The aim of the event was to give years 5 and 6 students a greater insight into future career options. The students were keen to hear about life in the laboratory, mitochondria and energy conversion and enjoyed assembling Lego models of enzymes involved in these cellular processes.

MRC MBU at the Big Bang Fair Eastern 2016

On 30 June, 2016, members of the MRC MBU participated in the Big Bang Fair Eastern, held at Newmarket Racecourse.

This annual event is for secondary school students aged 11-18 years and aims to inspire future scientists.

We took our movies, sequencing puzzles and computer games and used them to explain mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases.

We welcomed young visitors and tutors throughout the event and we thoroughly enjoyed discussing our science with future scientists.

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