FEATURE: UoS shortlisted for international award
University of Suffolk (UoS) Biotechnology research unit have been shortlisted for a prestigious prize, the Cultivating Excellence award 2018, by RegMedNet. This is significant as this is an international award decided by a panel of judges to celebrate excellence in regenerative medicine research. The submission by UoS was led by Dr. Federica Masieri and supported by Dr. Aida Rajic, both senior academics at the Biotechnology research unit.
The central role of students in their work was also praised, with their excellent teaching and learning environments where the staff are continually developing and refining their expert knowledge and skill sets.
Left: Dr. Federica Masieri ,Senior Lecturer & Course Leader MSc Regenerative Medicine. Middle: Dr. Aida Rajic, Course Leader BSc (Hons) Bioscience Lecturer in BSc (Hons) Bioscience and MSc Regenerative Medicine. Image source: UoS website.
What would it mean to win?
“As a group, we are already extremely proud of making it so far, together with the other eminent candidates. This is also a humbling experience: opportunities like this do not happen every day and we therefore have a responsibility before our students and between one another as colleagues to continue our hard work in an area of research and education that aims to bring solutions for unmet clinical needs”.
KEY RESEARCH THEMES
Since its inception in 2011, the Biotechnology Unit, of the School of Science, technology and Engineering at the University of Suffolk has represented a unique place of growth for the life science community of academics and students of the University of Suffolk and beyond. The young and energetic team of academics, drawn from all across the globe works relentlessly to provide their undergraduate and postgraduate students with the best teaching and learning experience, moulding them into employment-ready professionals, with highly developed practical research skills and critical thinking. Two of the most reputable courses on offer are the BSc (Hons) Bioscience, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, led by Dr Aida Rajic, and the MSc regenerative Medicine, led by Dr Federica Masieri.
NEURAL DEVELOPMENT & REGENERATION
A cornerstone research area of the Biotechnology Unit is the one of Regenerative Medicine, developed around three main niches:
- Stem cell characterisation and use as tools for musculoskeletal regeneration
- Neural developmental biology and regeneration
- Cardiovascular biology and the role of the Extracellular Matrix.
The team believe that this award will help shine the spotlight on Ipswich as a centre for advanced science, and help make their visionary dream a reality. This will not only support Ipswich, but will impact Suffolk and the UK as a whole.
To read more about biomanufacturing opportunities in the region read the GoBio opportunity report here