2021 - We moved to tropical Guangzhou in China!
May 2020 - José is interviewed for StemCells@Lunch Digested
José is interviewed for StemCells@Lunch Digested, at the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Kings College, London, where he discussed his career, current research into cellular reprogramming and future aims into creating synthetic embryos. Listen to the podcast here!
August 2019 - The Silva lab moves to a new location
The Silva lab joins the wider Stem Cell community in Cambridge as it moves into a new state of the art building , the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
December 2018 - Elsa passes her PhD viva
Elsa has passed her viva and will soon be confirmed Dr Sousa. Parabéns Elsa! Well done!
December 2018 - Lawrence awarded his PhD degree
Lawrence has passed his viva after four years of great contributions to the lab. Congratulations Lawrence! Well done!
August 2018 - Hannah passes her PhD viva
Hannah has passed her viva and will soon be confirmed Dr Stuart. Congratulations Hannah! Well done!
April 2018 - Yael is awarded funding from BBSRC to develop a new project
Yael has been awarded a BBSRC responsive mode project grant award worth £522,207, which she co-wrote with Jose. This will be for her to investigate epigenetic mechanisms in naive pluripotent stem cells. Great work Yael!
April 2018 - Lawrence is awarded an ISSCR travel award
Lawrence has been awarded a travel award to attend the 2018 ISSCR meeting in Melbourne this summer, where he will present his poster "ESTABLISHING THE MECHANISM BY WHICH OCT4 IS BOTH REQUIRED FOR, AND ANTAGONISTIC TO, NAIVE PLURIPOTENCY IN MOUSE EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS".
March 2018 - Katie passes her PhD viva
Katie has passed her viva after a PhD of just under three years - the shortest (possibly ever) in the Silva lab! Well done!
July 2017 - Mariana passes her Master's viva
Mariana has passed her viva! Many congratulations!
May 2017 - Elsa wins Best Poster Prize at the EMBO Conference Advances in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Elsa's poster was awarded the best PhD poster prize from a cohort of more than 150 for her poster on "Investigating the link between naive cell identity and X inactivation" at the Advances in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Conference that took place in Heidelberg between the 23rd and the 26th of May.
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March 2017 - An artistic view of the Silva lab
The Silva lab has had the visit from artist Susan Abbs as part of SketchCrawl, which is a Pint of Science (Cambridge) Sattelite event. Susan was paired with Mariana Alves in a visits that lasted three hours on the 21st of March 2017.
SkecthCrawl consists of an artist observing and documenting research activities in the form of drawings and sketches, and will be held as part of Pint of Science 2017, for the purposes of education and outreach.
March 2017 - Katie and Hannah are awarded ISSCR travel awards
Both Katie and Hannah have been awarded travel awards to attend the 2017 ISSCR meeting in Boston this summer, where they will present their posters "THE ROLE OF SOX2 IN INDUCED PLURIPOTENCY" and "SIGNALLING AND TRANSCRIPTIONAL NETWORK INTERPLAY ESTABLISHES THE NAIVE PLURIPOTENT IDENTITY VIA MULTIPLE MECHANISTICALLY DISTINCT ROUTES WITH KEY CONSERVED FEATURES".
November 2016 - Hannah is awarded MRC Skills and Partnership Training Funding
Hannah has been awarded funding for a training placement in advanced skills for manipulation and analyses of in vivo development, with Dr Jennifer Nichols.
June 2016 - An honorary member joins the lab!
Pimpinha Costa, born in June, joins the team by becoming an honorary member of the Silva lab.
January 2015 - Moyra passes her viva with flying colours
Moyra has passed her viva! Comhghairdeas!
December 2014 - Rodrigo awarded his PhD degree
Rodrigo has had his NuRDy PhD degree awarded. Congratulations!
July 2014 - José is promoted to Principal Research Associate
José has been promoted to Principal Research Associate, the equivalent to Reader in the University system. This comes with a larger lab allowance...
January 2014 - Aliaksandra Radzisheuskaya passes her viva
Aliaksandra has passed her viva and will soon be confirmed Dr Radzisheuskaya. Congratulations Alex! Well done!
October 2013 - Moyra Lawrence is selected for a short talk at the Chromatin Dynamics and Stem Cells Conference in Mainz
Moyra was selected to give a short talk at the Chromatin Dynamics and Stem Cells Conference that took place in Mainz between the 17th and the 20th of October. Moyra's was one of only six selected short talks, speaking amongst the heavy weights on the chromatin field.
May 2013 - Aliaksandra Radzisheuskaya wins Journal of Cell Science Prize for Best Paper published in 2012
Aliaksandra won the Journal of Cell Science Prize for Best Paper published in 2012. The prize was shared with Vincent Pasque and both are joint first authors on the paper entitled "Histone variant macroH2A marks embryonic differentiation in vivo and acts as an epigenetic barrier to induced pluripotency". This study identified for the first time a link between an epigenetic mark and cell fate restriction during somatic cell differentiation, which helps to maintain cell identity and antagonises induction of a pluripotent stem cell state.
March 2013 - Aliaksandra Radzisheuskaya wins Outstanding Poster Award in Kyoto
Aliaksandra won the outstanding poster award for her work on the role of Oct4 during reprogramming at the CiRA International Symposium 2013 “Raising the next generation of stem cell research” in Kyoto, Japan. The award ceremony was presented by the Nobel laureates Professor Shinya Yamanaka and Sir John Gurdon.