Home » Academic life

College news

Dr Chris Russo. Credit: The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
13/04/2017
Dr Christopher Russo, College Research Associate at St John’s, has been awarded the Microscopy Society of America Burton Medal.Chris Russo, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, has won the Microscopy Society of America Burton Medal for 2017. The medal is awarded annual to an individual under 40 years old who has made distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis.
06/04/2017
Eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet when pregnant “programs” both mother and child for potential health complications later in life by disrupting metabolic processes within the mother’s body, researchers have found. Eating a high fat and high sugar diet when pregnant leads to metabolic impairments in both the mother and her unborn child, which may “program” them for potential health complications later in life, researchers have shown.
27/02/2017
Applications are now being accepted for the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature.This one-year Studentship is an opportunity for a student who has graduated from any British University (i.e. England, Scotland and Wales), Ireland, the Commonwealth or the United States of America to pursue their own creative writing project.During the year the student must spend all or part of the year in a country of their choice outside the United Kingdom where they must engage in a course of study or research, and produce a piece of original fiction, drama or poetry.
21/02/2017
Researchers at St John’s College are involved in a new Cambridge company which will develop possible drugs for numerous protein misfolding diseases, including devastating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.Wren Therapeutics Ltd is a newly-founded spin-out firm, which will focus on discovering new drugs and advancing them into patient trials. The company has been set up following over a decade of foundational research by scientists in Cambridge and elsewhere, including a number at St John’s.
Harpoons discovered by the In Africa project
20/02/2017
Dr Alex Wilshaw explains how a project exploring the role of East Africa in the evolution of modern humans has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of prehistoric bone harpoons ever assembled from the area.East Africa is the epicentre of human evolution and its archaeological remains offer the potential to fill gaps in our understanding of early modern humans from their earliest origins, around 200,000 years ago, through to the most ‘recent’ prehistory of the last 10,000 years.
03/02/2017
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology has the potential to read our minds and is advancing at a rapid rate. In a new book which explains the technology, its limitations and its considerable promise, two Cambridge neuroscientists, including St John's PhD student Julia Gottwald, say that the time has come to debate the ethical issues around brain scanning.
19/01/2017
Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential.Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor – meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance.
16/01/2017
This year’s annual lecture from the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies will be chaired by St John’s Fellow, Professor Ulinka Rublack, with speakers including Professor Rowan Williams.The free event, which takes place on 22 January at Clare College, will take the form of a panel discussion entitled ‘Martin Luther, Germany and the Reformation’. It will be chaired by Professor Rublack from the Faculty of History and St John’s College, and author of The Astronomer & the Witch: Johannes Kepler's Fight for His Mother.
16/01/2017
Squalamine, a natural product studied for its anticancer and anti-infective properties, could also lead to future treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, according to a new study co-authored by several researchers at St John's College.A naturally-occurring compound has been found to block a molecular process thought to underlie Parkinson’s Disease, and to suppress its toxic products, scientists have reported.
01/12/2016
Cutting welfare and social care budgets during times of economic hardship is an “historically obsolete” strategy that ignores the very roots of British prosperity, a group of Cambridge academics have warned.