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Former Randall PhD student awarded the Beddington Medal

Dr John Robert Davis, a former PhD student in the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, has been awarded the British Society for Developmental Biology Beddington Medal for best PhD thesis in developmental biology.

As an MRC PhD student with Dr Brian Stramer, John worked with Drosophila hemocytes, investigating contact inhibition during embryogenesis. His work has revealed that physical coupling of actin networks acts as a mechanotransducer during contact inhibition to allow cells to sense each other and coordinate their behaviours. This work produced two seminal first author papers - one in Development and one in Cell.

Nominated for the medal by his supervisor, John received the award at the BSCB/BSDB Spring 2015 conference at Warwick University where he also presented his work.  To find out more about his thesis research and experiences as a PhD student go to the Node for an interview with John.

John is now a post-doc in Dr Nic Tapon's lab at the Francis Crick Institute and is researching the mechanical regulation of growth control.