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About: J Lawson

I'm currently the Communications Manager for the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. I've worked as a science comms professional since finishing my PhD in 2015 and have previously worked with the Cambridge Science Festival, Cancer Research UK and eLife. I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Developmental Mechanisms.

Posts by J Lawson:

Silencing transposons during epigenetic reprogramming

Posted by on November 8th, 2017

Molecules called endosiRNAs help us avoid genetic chaos, according to a new study from a team at the Babraham Institute. Much of the human genome contains pieces of DNA called transposons, a form of genetic parasite. When active, transposons can damage genes so it is important to keep them inactive. At a certain point early[…]

Older wombs linked to complications in pregnant mice

Posted by on September 6th, 2017

This article is recent news from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, view the original post here and the Nature Communications research paper here. Deciding to start a family later in life could be about more than just the age of your eggs. A new study in mice suggests the age of a mother’s womb may[…]

Wellcome PhD – Lab 3: Pigs that fly

Posted by on December 8th, 2011

This is my personal report on the last of three laboratory projects which I have undertaken during the rotation year of my 4-year Wellcome Trust PhD. I studied how flies depend on Pigs to fly. It is vital that the cells that make up your body’s tissues are correctly organised. If cells can’t differentiate between[…]

Wellcome PhD – Lab 2: Tea at the poles

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

This is my personal report on the second of three laboratory projects which I have undertaken during the rotation year of my 4-year Wellcome Trust PhD. I studied how yeast come in more shapes and sizes than you might have imagined. How do cells know which way is up? This is one of the most[…]

X in Space (Now in 3D)

Posted by on June 20th, 2011

The 3D spatial arrangement of DNA within the nucleus is tightly controlled and has great functional significance. Each chromosome has been shown to occupy a defined nuclear territory and the expression of genes is often closely linked to where they are located, with similar expression levels seen for genes with similar locations. It has also[…]

Science – The Bigger Picture

Posted by on May 1st, 2011

This is a retelling of the student and post-doc workshop from the second day of the BSDB/BSCB joint spring meeting that took place in Canterbury at the University of Kent. The session emphasised the need for accurate science and scientific involvement in public communication. It ended up a bit longer than I’d intended, but this[…]

Wellcome to the Node

Posted by on April 19th, 2011

Hello ‘the Node’, it’s very nice to be here. :) This is the first of my cross-posts between the Wellcome Trust and The Node talking about myself and the research I’m doing in my PhD. You can find my first posts for the Wellcome Trust here and here. I try to write in a way[…]