Name: Miguel Ramírez
Research Status: 1st Year PhD Student
PhD Project: For my project, I am working on the broad field of circadian rhythms. Using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as model organism, my research tries to understand the relationship between the core molecular clock inside the brain and the regulation of actin cytoskeleton. That means I am assaying a lot of flies for behavioural tests, but also that I take a deep look on these neurons.
My Role on BSPS: At the Media and Communications Office, it is our work to ensure you find our different social profiles active, informative and interesting. We will keep you up-to-date about society, events, grants or studentships and breaking news of the scientific community. We also make the coverage during our events, so you get nice memories and information for the next time.
Fun Fact: Still trying to find someone who does not say “I thought they were bigger” after their first contact with Drosophila.
Name: Sebastian Shepherd
Research Status: 1st Year PhD Candidate
PhD Project: My research is looking at the effects of stressors on insect models, pests and pollinators. So far in this broad research field I have looked at the effects of electromagnetic fields on different levels from behaviour to physiology and gene expression in desert locusts. Future work is likely to involve pollinators such as honeybees with potential additional stressors including electric fields, and insecticides.
My Role on BSPS: My role as media and communications officer is essentially a scientific communication role. Alongside Miguel, I am involved in updating the societies website, Facebook and Twitter pages with information about the society, promotional material for society events, interesting scientific news and a variety of other information.
Fun Fact: Due to my work with desert locusts the society president has referred to me as locust wrangler, a nickname I could probably do without.