Research in Progress

LeedsOmics Research in Progress (RiPs) sponsored by the Biochemical Society is a seminar series run in conjunction with the LeedsOmics Research Community at the University of Leeds. It is specifically aimed at providing a platform for students, postdocs and research technicians to present their research. The talks cover a diverse range of fields, all of which have (or plan to have) some element of Omics within their research. The format of these seminars is for two speakers to give 20-25 minute talks about their ongoing research. Generally, the first speaker is someone in the first half of their project, e.g. a first- or second-year PhD student, research technician or postdoc. The second speaker is usually someone who has more data and in the latter stages of their project.

The Research in Progress Seminar series was set up with several aims in mind:

  1. To showcase current, ongoing research from students (both undergraduates and postgraduates), research technicians, postdocs and independent research fellows.
  2. To generate discussions and interactions between these different career stage communities, both within the University of Leeds and between universities across the UK.
  3. To provide an opportunity for students and researchers to practice talks in a friendly and relaxed environment.
  4. To provide an environment for early career researchers to ask questions, develop skills in chairing talks and create potential collaborations.

If you think that your research is within the Omics sphere, and would like to get experience giving a talk, please get in touch with either of the RiPs organisers (Michaela Agapiou or Peter Mulhair) at: or

Michaela Agapiou is a PhD student studying how an RNA binding protein, held out wings, regulates translation during spermatogenesis in D. melanogaster. To understand both the mechanism and the physiological role of HOW she is using a variety of methods including RIP-seq, ribo-seq, structural biology and fertility assays.
Peter Mulhair is a final year PhD student in molecular evolutionary biology, studying the processes of new gene genesis by gene remodelling in animals. Research interests include comparative genomics, phylogenetics and evolution theory.

We also strive to create an inclusive environment where all researchers are comfortable and welcome to present. With regards to gender equality, in the first run we had 6 male researchers and 7 female researchers deliver seminars, and would like to be close to a 50-50 split in future series. For more information about why equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM is important visit:

The second RiPs series will run every other Monday 3-4 PM according to the following schedule:

DateRoomTalk 1InstituteTalk 2Institute
14th OctWorsley 8.49nDr Irene Malo EstepaUniversity of LeedsDr Luke DunningUniversity of Sheffield
11th NovGarstang 7.52Emily BakerUniversity of OxfordAmy StainthorpUniversity of Leeds
25th NovGarstang 7.52Dr Marilena ElpidorouUniversity of LeedsRobert CrawfordUniversity of Manchester
9th DecWorsley 9.58cVeronica DeJesusUniversity of LeedsOllie MannersUniversity of Leeds
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