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Here’s a load of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

From an Imperial professor’s appointment to the Science Museum Group board to a charity bike ride for the British Heart Foundation, here’s some quick-read news from across the College.

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Professor Washington Hotto Ochieng, head of Imperial's civil and environmental engineering department.An Imperial professor has been named one of four new trustees at the Science Museum Group, where he will work on setting policy, reviewing performance and approving nominations for key leadership positions at the science museum. ‘organization.

Professor Washington Hotto Ochieng, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed Engineering and Technology Administrator and will serve a 4-year term until May 2026.

The Science Museum Group is made up of five museums in the UK: the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York, County Durham’s Locomotion and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

Professor Ochieng said: “I am delighted and honored to have been appointed by the Prime Minister to the board of trustees of the world’s leading science museum group, The Science Museum Group (SMG).

“I thank the Prime Minister and the management of SMG for this appointment and for entrusting me with responsibility for engineering and technology.”

Read more about the nomination on the UK Government website.

Lister Prize for DNA Tools

Dr. Marco Di Antonio, of the Imperial Department of Chemistry.Dr Marco Di Antonio, from the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded one of eight Lister Research Prize Fellowships 2022, which comes with flexible funding of £250,000.

Dr. Di Antonio’s group is developing chemical tools to assess how DNA changes structurally and chemically during aging and disease development. Specifically, they are investigating the prevalence of non-helical DNA structures and chemical DNA modifications in the context of aging-related disorders.

They aim to develop chemistry-based tools to disrupt, in real time, a specific DNA modification in ovarian cancer cells using light irradiation. This technology will underpin drug pathways to restore sensitivity to therapies while also identifying diagnostic markers to monitor resistance acquisition.

Dr Di Antonio said: “Winning this prestigious award as a chemist working in biomedicine is particularly special. Besides the resonance this award will bring to my research, I believe it highlights the potential of chemists to contribute to biomedical research and hopefully will inspire more chemical biologists to apply for the Lister award in the coming years. years.

Learn more at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine website.

A world without antibiotics

Dr. Anna Barnard, of the Imperial Department of Chemistry.Dr Anna Barnard, from the Department of Chemistry, appears in a new BBC Ideas film: ‘What would a world look like without antibiotics? Sometimes called “the silent pandemic”, the film explores the growing problem of antibiotic resistance – and what can be done about it.

In the film, Dr Barnard said: “One of the major bottlenecks in antibiotic research is that the easiest thing to do is to look at the structures of existing antibiotics and tweak them slightly to trying to overcome resistance. It is much more difficult to find a completely new class of antibiotics.

“I think if there was more awareness, there would be more general societal pressure on governments and corporations to fund more research into targeting this problem. We should anticipate the problems and do something about it. to resolve them before they become huge global crises.

Watch the full film on BBC Ideas.

Charity bike ride

Researchers from Imperial's National Heart & Lung Institute taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle Tour.Researchers from Imperial’s National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) took part in the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton cycle ride to raise money for the charity.

Some 30 NHLI members and supporters, including Imperial Professor Provost Ian Walmsley, were among the thousands of runners who set out on the 54-mile journey from the capital to the south coast on Sunday June 19.

The Imperial team has so far raised over £14,000 for the BHF, which will help support research projects at the NHLI.

These include research in tissue engineering, cardiac imaging, genetics and population science, and support for BHF-funded scientists to make life-saving discoveries that can prevent disease-related deaths. heart and circulatory systems around the world.

Professor Edwin Chilvers, Director of the NHLI, said: “We were delighted to take part in the iconic BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride and it was an honor and a privilege for us to support such a fantastic cause.”A person views the Imperial News website on a smartphone