• Nikki Latham

Three Exeter Researchers Awarded Discovery Fellowships

Three University of Exeter researchers have been awarded prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Discovery Sciences.

The fellowships are awarded to early-career researchers with the "potential to become a future research leader".

The three are Dr Jasmine Ono of the Environment & Sustainability Institute, Dr Luis Yanez-Guerra of the Living Systems Institute and Dr Jane Usher of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology.

Dr Usher's work focuses on the human fungal pathogen Candida glabrata, which can cause illness, including serious disease in patients with impaired immune systems. Dr Yanez-Guerra studies monoamines, one of the most important groups of neurotransmitter molecules, found in the brain, nerve tissues and adrenal glands. Dr Ono examines the evolution of "reproductive barriers" - genetic or environmental factors that prevent species inter-breeding and producing offspring that can reproduce.

Professor Neil Gow, Exeter's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact), said: "I am delighted that three of the fifteen BBSRC Discovery fellowships have been awarded to early career researchers (ECRs) at Exeter. "This is an endorsement of the excellence of our ECR research base and the mentorship and support that our fellows enjoy from their peers."

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