Author Archives: Sam Alsford

Invited talk at the Institut Pasteur

Jumped on to the Eurostar to Paris on the 7th October and visited the https://research.pasteur.fr/en/ on the 8th October to give a seminar (‘Decoding toxin-parasite interactions in Trypanosomatids‘). Thanks to Philippe Bastin and Gerald Späth for hosting (and for treating … Continue reading

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Talking Microbes with year 6 @ Kingsgate Pimary

The 20th and 24th November saw me talk about microbes to two year 6 classes at Kingsgate Primary School in West Hampstead. They were a fantastically enthusiastic group with loads of great questions, so much so that two 30 minute … Continue reading

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Invited talk at UCL

20th October was spent at University College London (just up the road!) presenting data from our various T. brucei RNAi library screens – something a bit diferent for all the virologists who work in the Division of Infection & Immunity … Continue reading

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Year 12 Researchers @ LSHTM…

On 25th and 26th June, Matt Rogers and I hosted a group of seven year 12 students from Dulwich College at LSHTM for an intense two days of lab work, talks and tours – ‘from molecules to cells to insects’. … Continue reading

Talking molecular parasitology with year 9…

I joined STEMnet back in March, becoming a STEM ambassador, which all sounds rather grand, but basically involves engaging school children and their teachers in the application of science. I did a talk to a group of year 7s back … Continue reading

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Invited talk at the Centre for Immunology & Infection, York

28th May was spent at the University of York presenting data from our various T. brucei RNAi library screens. It was nice to get out of London and to meet up with Pegine Walrad, hear about her developing lab, and … Continue reading

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Why Trypanosoma brucei is sensitive to human serum

Cathepsin-L can resist lysis by human serum in Trypanosoma brucei brucei. PLoS Pathogens 10: e1004130 Featured at: LSHTM, Wellcome Trust See also: commentary in Microbial Cell 1:270-2 Most African trypanosomes, including the veterinary species Trypanosoma brucei brucei and T. congolense (causative agents of the … Continue reading

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Invited talk at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology, Wurzburg

Just got back from a couple of days in Wurzburg, Germany. Nicolai Siegel invited me to talk on the Microbiology Colloquium (at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology) – on 29th April I presented our latest data on the characterisation … Continue reading

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Accession Numbers – Anything to Declare?

Some people get very exercised by accession numbers – the unique identifiers associated with genes and proteins. When publishing results in a paper it’s accepted, and indeed rightly mandated by scientific publishers, that all associated accession numbers should be declared, … Continue reading

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BSP Meeting Cambridge 2014

6-9th April was spent at the University of Cambridge attending the British Society for Parasitology annual meeting, including the Tryp-Leish symposium. Thanks to Mark Field (and colleagues) for organising a great meeting – his final act in Cambridge before packing … Continue reading

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