Great fun showing science stuff to Year 12 Physics Progression students with my biophysics colleagues. We pulled on some intervertebral disc, we flexed cow tails and looked through a microscope to discover disc’s lamellar structure.

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I am a bit of a stats freak, I love checking my website’s accesses and so on. Now, free online services are providing usage statistics on publications, and I am loving it. I just got 1000 reads on ResearchGate! Yahoo!
Research gate 1000 reads

 

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My University recently held open days for students, and they made posters for each research activity. Someone apparently chose one of my images for Biomedical Physics! That is so cool!
Biophysics poster
The background image is an axial section of sheep vertebral endplate. Red channel is second harmonic generation (showing mainly collagen) while green is two-photon fluorescence (indicating calcification). An osteon is visible below the R in Exeter.

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A few months ago I participated in a France 5 documentary on back pain. Here am I, buying cow tails for my experiments!

Many thanks to Sarah Carpentier for her work!

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COngrès SB 2014

Prix SB small

 

A couple of days ago I was at the congress of the international francophone Société de Biomécanique: I won the Young Investigator Award for my work on intervertebral disc elastography!
I am so happy! It is very encouraging for a young researcher, and most of all it comes from a society that I really like. The SB congresses are always interesting since the topics range from cellular mechanics to bio-fluidodynamics, from tissue engineering to prosthesis characterization and, of course, numerical modeling. However, the best part is that it is a friendly community where everyone is accessible and ready to discuss. And IT IS an international community, with people coming from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, but also Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark…

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