First Linacre Seminar in Hilary term. All welcome - non-alcoholic drinks, wine, cheese, and nibbles will be served.
In this talk, Simone will give an introduction to DLS (Diamond light Source) and will also talk about the different metrology techniques currently available in the Optics and Metrology department. Whether it’s fragments of ancient paintings or unknown virus structures, at DLS (Diamond Light Source), scientists can study their samples using a machine that is 10,000 times more powerful than a traditional microscope. In such facility, metrology plays a critical role in characterizing the components used within it. An overview of the Optics and Metrology department, the instruments available, current constraints and limitations and a vision to the future of this field will be discussed
First-year DPhil student in Engineering science, aiming to develop a novel super-precision metrology technique to characterize in-situ synchrotron x-ray mirrors.
Simone is part of the Solid Mechanics group and for his DPhil is based at Diamond Light Source ltd, in the Optics and Metrology department. The department provides expert support to Diamond beamlines in the design, procurement, acceptance testing and optimisation of all beamline optics. To extend Diamond’s capability and achieve world-leading performance, the group is also actively involved in research and development in the field of X-ray optics and specialised optical systems.
Hearing loss affects a large number of people worldwide and can affect people of all ages. Currently, 5% of the worldwide population (466 million people) have some form of hearing deficit. There are a variety of underlying causes to hearing loss, such as a genetic alteration, exposure to loud noises or ageing. Sensorineural hearing loss – hearing loss where the cause originates within the cochlea – is the most common form. Through research, we have been able to identify many genes required for cochlear function and the process of hearing, but there is a lot that has yet to be discovered. To this end, the mouse is an invaluable model organism in which to study mammalian hearing due to their similarity in genome sequence and cochlear structure and function to human. These themes will be explored in discussions focusing on the discovery, identification and characterisation of a novel deafness – causing gene.
Jamie Lee is an MRC – funded final year DPhil student in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. His DPhil research is conducted at the MRC Harwell Institute at the Harwell Campus, near Didcot. Under the supervision of Dr Mike Bowl and Professor Steve Brown, in the Sensorineural Hearing Loss team, Jamie’s work aims to further our understanding of the genetic landscape of sensorineural hearing loss. Prior to his studies at the University of Oxford, Jamie completed a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Manchester, which also included a placement year working at the University of California, San Francisco.