31 October 2018

On the 14th of November 2018 Marco Lolicato of the University of California San Francisco will give a seminar entitled A structural approach to mechanosensation at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his talk M Lolicato will discuss the strategies available for the study of the structural basis of mechanosensation, the process that enable living cells to sense and respond to the physical environment in which they live. 

All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here. Further information about the seminar, including abstract, references and a short biography of the speaker can be found at this page.

Image: a cell response to a change in the physical environment.

31 October 2018

On the 8th of November 2018 Laura Riva of the Sanger Centre, Hinxton, UK will give a seminar entitled Mutational signatures in environmental, carcinogen-induced lung and liver tumours at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In her talk L Riva will present new data from genomic analysis of experimental and human lung and liver tumours as a basis for understanding the origin and progression of such tumours. These studies will prove fundamental for understanding the molecualr and cellular evolution human cancer and for developing new and effective cancer therapies.

All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here. Further information about the seminar, including abstract, references and a short biography of the speaker can be found at this page.

Image: a gene network. Courtesy of B Aiello, University of Chicago.

31 October 2018

On the 5th of November 2018 Alice Giustacchini, of University College London will give a seminar entitled Single-cell transcriptomics uncovers distinct molecular signatures and dysregulated pathways in stem cells in chronic myeloid leukaemia at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In her talk A Giustacchini will present new data from single cell analysis of leukaemic cell populations that may prove fundamental for understanding the molecualr and cellular evolution of leukaemias and their impact on clinical progression.

This is a major area of research in cancer biology and medicine. All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here. Further information about the seminar, including abstract, references and a short biography of the speaker can be found at this page.

25 October 2018

Votes have been counted and candidates listed below have been elected to the executive committee of the Volta Students Union (VSU).  Students elected are listed according to the number of votes that they have received). The number of voters was 63 for undergraduate students but a disappointing 16 for postgraduate students. M Abou Alezz and F Lupoli will serve one term each in the committee.

Undergraduate
AS Papa
F Cervellera/N Khenkina

Postgraduates
C Regalbuto/E Iskandar
M Abou Alezz/F Lupoli

The College would like to thank all members who took an active role in the election process especially the students who put themselves stood for election but did not win a seat in the committee in this instance.

 

22 October 2018

The following is an update about the elections of students representatives to the executive committee of the Volta Students Union (VSU) for the academic year 2018/19.

(i) The College is grateful to the following undergraduate and postgraduate members of Volta - listed alphabetically - who have made themselves available for election.  As indicated in an earlier post, the College has agreed with EDiSU to elect six students to the executive committee (3 undergraduates and three postgraduates) in order to comply formally with EDiSU rules. 

Undergraduates
F Cervellera
N Khenkina
P Minerba
AS Papa
I Rosignoli
HS Soukeini

Postgraduates
M Abou Alezz
A Babalola
E Iskandar
G Lombardo
F Lupoli
C Regalbuto

The election assembly in which candidates meet College students, orginally planned for today Monday 22 October at 6.00 pm in the College lecture theatre has been rescheduled to Wednesday 24th October at 6.00 pm in the n the College lecture theatre due to clash with a meeting about Students Welfare organised by EDiSU at Collegio Volta in the evening of October 22nd. The new election day will be Thursday the 25th of October. Two ballot boxes will be available at the porter's desk from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm on Thursday 25th for casting votes for the undergraduate and postgraduate candidates respectively with the assistance of the porter on duty. The College expects strong participation of the students' community in this exercise of democracy.

 

22 October 2018

The College is delighted to announce that on Saturday the 20th of October, Collegio A Volta won the College competition organised by high-tech company FacilityLive, the Pavia City Council and the University of Pavia as part of the New Ideas Festival in Pavia from October 19th to 21st (see the earlier post in the News & Events section of the College website).

The College team included (listed alphabetically): A Armanetti (Physics, yr 1), R De Nardo (Pharmacy, yr 5), S Maurogiovanni (Biomedical Engineering, yr3), C Lucini Paioni (Management, yr 3), F Ravera (Physics, yr 1) and A Tescari (Biomedical Engineering, yr 1). Further details of the proposal that won the competition will be posted here as soon as they will be made available. The College especially pleased about the fact that four of six members of the College team are Volta freshers.  The other Colleges that took part in the New Ideas Festival were Borromeo, Cairoli and Nuovo.

Image: courtesy of Lambeth Academy, Clapham, London

20 October 2018

On the 30th of October 2018 Pier Paolo D'Avino, of the University of Cambridge will give a seminar entitled Unravelling cell division mechanisms to understand cancer at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his talk PP D'Avino will discuss the complex regulation of the cell cycle of animal cells and will highlight the different stages in which cancer cells can subvert cell cycle check points causing uncontrolled cell division and multiplication.

This is a major area of research in cancer biology, the importance of which has been recognised earlier this centrury with Nobel Pizes to P Nurse an T Hunt and confirmed by the development of new anti-cancer compounds aimed at restoring cell cycle control in cancer cells. All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here. Further information about the seminar, including abstract, references and a short biography of the speaker can be found at this page.

20 October 2018

On the 25th of October 2018 Paolo Ceppi, of the Friedrich-Alexander University at Erlangen-Nuremberg, will give a seminar on Metabolic pathways as regulators of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his talk P Ceppi will connect the metabolic features, outlined iniitially by O Warburg nearly one century ago, with key biological processes of cancer cells, for example the ability of epithelial cancer cells to acquire a migratory phenotype (so-called epithelial mesenchymal transition). This is a novel and important area of research in cancer biology with major implications for cancer therapy. All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here. More information about the seminar, including abstract, references and a short biography of the speaker can be found at this page.

Image. Migrating cancer cells in culture. Courtesy of S Etienne-Manneville, Institut Pasteur, Paris.

20 October 2018

On the 22nd of October 2018 Peter Blattmann, of the ETH Zürich, will give a seminar entitled From big data to mechanisms. Understanding how context dependent phenotypes vary across cells at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre.  In his talk P Blattmann will give key examples of the reach of mass-spectrometry-based systems biology studies in order to study protein networks and cellular functions. This is an emerging field of research that will have huge impact for our understanding of key biological processes (development, differentiation, regeneration) and disease. All College students are invited to attend, especially those reading Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here.

14 October 2018

The College invites nominations for election of the executive of the Volta Students Union for the academic year 2018/19. After further discussions with EDiSU the College has agreed to elect six students to the executive in order to comply in full with EDiSU rules (although College typically hosts more than 200 students throughout the year, the number of placements at Volta in the records of EDiSU, University and Ministry is 198 and this qualifies College for a six students executive). Any member of Volta can stand for election and College is keen to receive a number of nominations well above the number of seats in the executive as this fosters internal debate. Three out of the six seats available are assigned to undergraduate members, three to postgraduates.

Nominations should be sent by email to the College Director by Thursday 18 October. The College requests that candidates hold a public debate/assembly with all College students on Monday 22 October at 6.00 pm in the College lecture theatre ahead of election day on Tuesday 23 October. Two ballot boxes will be available at the porter's desk from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm on Tuesday 23rd for casting votes for the undergraduate and postgraduate candidates respectively with the assistance of the porter on duty. The College expects strong participation of the students' community in this exercise of democracy.

Finally the new executive will consult with members of the 2017/18 executive on key issues as the latter Committee had fewer opportunities than teh committees in earlier years to shape College policy.

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