The participants of NEFF use fungi as model eukaryotic systems to understand various aspects of cell biology.
Major Research Themes
Members of NEFF use a range of fungal model systems including budding yeast, fission yeast, Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans.
Areas of specific interest include:
- RNA biology
- cell stress responses
- DNA damage responses
- high throughput biology
- metal biology
- chromosome biology.
Standard molecular genetic and cell biological approaches are used. The members also have expertise in high-throughput (robotic) approaches.
NEFF provides an opportunity for researchers within the faculty and across the region to interact. A number of collaborative papers and grants have resulted from work initiated or cemented through NEFF.
NEFF provides a platform for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and senior researchers to present their data in a friendly and supportive environment. This is especially important for PhD students, for many of whom this is the first opportunity to communicate their research findings. NEFF is also organised by students, allowing students the opportunity to gain organisational skills and experience of chairing a scientific meeting.
Impact and Engagement
NEFF meetings take place four times a year where seminars are given by a mixture of internal and external speakers from other leading universities. These meetings provide a constructive environment for the exchange of ideas and the setting up of potential collaborations.
Professor David Lydall
Professor of Genome Stability
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5318
Dr Laura Maringele
Lecturer (Genome Instability)
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2088146
Professor Brian Morgan
Professor of Yeast Molecular Biology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7694
Professor Janet Quinn
Professor of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7434
Dr Claudia Schneider
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7708
Dr Elizabeth Veal
Reader in Molecular Biology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7596/7444 (lab)