Nicola Blackwood visits the Research Complex

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, visited the Research Complex on 11 February 2011. Although not a scientist herself, she recently moved the debate on science research in Parliament. She saw a wide range of research in progress, from watching individual molecules implicated in cancer moving in live cells under a microscope, to how materials react to extreme pressures in the Earth’s core.

 

Marisa Martin-Fernandez (left) explains single molecule microscopy to Nicola and Professor Dave Wark in the LSF

Marisa Martin-Fernandez (left) explains single molecule microscopy to Nicola and Professor Dave Wark in the LSF

 

Craig Bull explains how materials react under the intense pressures and temperatures in the Earth's core.

Craig Bull explains how materials react under the intense pressures and temperatures in the Earth’s core.

 

Nicola tries her hand at interactive molecular graphics in the CCP4 laboratory.

Nicola tries her hand at interactive molecular graphics in the CCP4 laboratory.

 

Ray Owens demonstrates how OPPF-UK robots speed up protein production

Ray Owens demonstrates how OPPF-UK robots speed up protein production

 

Visiting the OPPF-UK laboratory

Visiting the OPPF-UK laboratory