Aston University launches new public lecture series to showcase research

Aston Inaugurals

The Aston Inaugurals will celebrate and showcase the research expertise of four of the University’s professors across a diverse range of topics throughout the academic year 2012/13.  

The first lecture in the series will be given by Professor Andrew Pitt from the School of Life and Health Sciences on Thursday 29th November 2012.

Professor Andrew Pitt has a strong background in interdisciplinary research, exploiting the interfaces between chemistry, biology, engineering and medicine.

The lecture, ‘More than just “stinks”: using chemical tools to unlock biology’, will look at the ways in which academics have been developing and employing chemical tools to help win the war in unlocking complex biological questions.

Andrew’s research interests include generating new technologies and techniques for studying biological systems from cells to living organisms, to understand how dysfunctions lead to disease and how they can be treated. His recent studies include creating a ‘molecular nose’. This involved using chemistry, physics and biology to build a multiplexed sensor capable of recreating how cells behave and interact within the body.

Professor Andrew Pitt, School of Life and Health Sciences said; “As we dig deeper into how biology works, we find ever-more complicated and interlinked systems and become more aware of the difficulties in selective interventions.  My lecture will explore the impact of Chemistry on the way in which we study biology; it’s come a long way from “the study of stinks”. 

Andrew has held a number of high profile positions including being the Scientific Director of the Radical Solutions for Researching (RASOR) consortium and Director of the Sir Henry Wellcome Functional Genomics Facility and the Doctoral Training Centre in Proteomic Technologies.

All of the Aston Inaugurals will start at 6.00pm and will be held in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre located in the Main Building on Aston University campus which is just a short walk from the Centre of Birmingham.

The lectures are open to the general public and are a great opportunity to find out more about the innovative, ground breaking research taking place at Aston.

There is no entry charge. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm and a buffet will follow the lecture.

To book a seat, contact events or for further information please contact Emma Sutton, Marketing and Events Co-ordinator on 0121 204 4542.


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