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VACANCY: LMS 3.5-year Studentship

Project Title: Development of high throughput assay for screening of novel DNA replication inhibitors for therapeutic purposes Supervisors: Professor Christian Speck, Professor David Rueda Funding: Tuition fees plus £21,000 pa stipend for 3.5 years Date posted: 09 July 2021 Closing date: 04 August 2021 The student will develop a fluorescence-based assay to identify novel DNA replication inhibitors for anti-cancer therapy.  Inhibitors will be consequently characterised for their impact on the multi-step DNA replication process and on cancer cell growth. This interdisciplinary project will train the student in biochemistry, biophysics and drug screening. Project details | LMS 3.5-year Studentships | Apply

New paper on the molecular mechanism in the licensing of eukaryotic replication origins

Feng, X., Noguchi, Y., Barbon, M., Stillman, B., Speck, C., Li, H. (2021). The structure of ORC-Cdc6 on an origin DNA reveals the mechanism of ORC activation by the replication initiator Cdc6. Nature Communications 12, 3883. Abstract | Full Text |

New paper on the structural mechanism of helicase loading

Yuan, Z., Schneider, S., Dodd, T., Riera, A., Bai, L., Yan, C., Magdalou, I., Ivanov, I., Stillman, B., Li, H., Speck, C. (2020). Structural mechanism of helicase loading onto replication origin DNA by ORC-Cdc6. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117, 17747-17756. Abstract | Full Text |

Group awarded BBSRC project grant

The Group's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) grant application was successful! Huge congratulations to Sarah Schneider, Almutasem Saleh and Yasunori Noguchi for writing a fantastic proposal and achieving a superb ranking of fourth out of 89.  Two new postdoctoral positions will open soon.  Interested candidates should contact Christian Speck.