Research in Progress

Current Schedule (Sep-Dec/2020)

DateSpeaker 1InstituteSpeaker 2Institute
14th SepEuan McDonnellFBS, University of Leeds
12th OctLayla GeramiUniversity of CambridgeKathryn AsaloneAmerican University
9th NovKarl NorrisFBS, University of LeedsDavid OrrFBS, University of Leeds
7th DecSimone WebbNewcastle UniversityJaime PittsChemistry and FBS, University of Leeds

About the Series

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 Euan McDonnel) 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.
Euan McDonnel is a MRC PhD student based in the Whitehouse group, studying host-virus interactions for large DNA viruses. His project is computational and focuses on using various RNA-Seq datasets in understanding the effects of perturbations to host ceRNA networks during reactivation of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus from latent to lytic cycles.

We also strive to create an inclusive environment where all researchers are comfortable and welcome to present. For more information about why equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM is important visit:

Past series

RiP 1st series (Jan-Apr/2019)

RiP 2nd series (Sep/2019-Jun/2020)

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