Laura Hankins wins Best Young Cell Biologist UK, 2019

Laura Hankins was named the Young UK Cell Biologist of the Year at the BSCB/BSDB 2019 Spring Meeting, where she presented both a talk and a poster. Laura is a third year DPhil student in Jordan Raff’s lab at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, where she is studying the process of centriole biogenesis as a model to understand how organelle growth is regulated within cells. She was presenting a recent discovery from the lab that two proteins act as oscillators to time and execute the growth of separate components of the centriole’s structure. These two oscillators crosstalk with each other to ensure that the organelle itself grows in a coordinated manner, ultimately ensuring that the centriole reaches the correct size.

The award involves a fully funded trip to the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting in Washington, DC, where she will have the chance to present this research to the US community. Laura also has another trip to America planned this year, having been accepted onto the 2019 Woods Hole Physiology Course on the basis of her graduate research thus far. She is looking forward to participating in this famous course, whose long history has seen such important breakthroughs as the discovery of cyclin B.