Writing a PhD thesis

By Sathya Muralidhar At the heart of the MELGEN consortium are the PhD students, who have been conducting melanoma research, as part of their PhD. There are many facets to a pursuing a PhD degree, conducting research actually being only one of many. For instance, sharing the findings fromRead More

Vitamin D and melanoma

By Sathya Muralidhar, University of Leeds Is vitamin D- the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, linked to melanoma? My research shows that vitamin D and its ‘partner’- Vitamin D Receptor (VDR for short) are both involved in melanoma growth and response of the immune system. Using genomic data (DNA-level information) from melanomaRead More

15th Annual Joint GenoMEL/BioGenoMEL/MELGEN Scientific Meeting 2018

From the 20th to the 22nd March 2018 the MELGEN Consortium joined forces with the GenoMEL and BioGenoMEL consortia to hold their annual scientific meeting, this year hosted by the University Hospital Essen in Germany. In contrast to last year’s sun and high temperatures, the start of this year’sRead More

The Curious Case of the Ghost Blot- Halloween edition

The dark room was extra eerie that Friday evening. It was late and most of the lab members had left for the weekend. Neither the sharp tang of developing fluid nor the noisy whirring of the Imaging machine offered much in terms of company. But company was the lastRead More

14th Annual Joint GenoMEL/BioGenoMEL/MELGEN Scientific Meeting 2017

From the 15th to the 17th May 2017, the MELGEN researchers, together with their group leaders, will be gathering in Camogli, Italy to attend the 14th annual scientific meeting of the GenoMEL, BioGenoMEL and MELGEN consortia. Founded in 1997, the GenoMEL consortium was formed by a number of melanomaRead More

Leeds and Essen Researchers take part in Be Curious 2017

On the 25th March 2017 MELGEN’s researchers from Leeds and Essen joined forces with Cancer Research UK, the UKs leading cancer charity, and took part in Be Curious 2017 at Leeds University. Part of the annual Leeds Festival of Science, Be Curious is a day when the University ofRead More

Dat(a)s The Spirit! Managing data for Melanoma research

Pop quiz! What do the following items have in common? 2,120 Playstation 4 consoles 33,125 iPhones (32GB) 21 million mp3 music files And the answer is – 1060000000000000 bytes of data. That’s 1.06 petabytes-which is an awful lot of information! Interestingly, this also happens to be the amount ofRead More

Leeds University welcomes ESRs

This year annual GenoMEL scientific meeting was held in Leeds, UK in April and 17 MELGEN Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) who are spread across Europe joined 60 other delegates to find out about the latest melanoma research. During the meeting PhD students presented their projects and preliminary data duringRead More