Biochemistry

andrew.holding's Profile

I am a research scientist who is currently employed by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. My research involves the study of protein-protein binding by way of using small isotopically-labelled linker molecules. These linker molecules bind between residues that are within range of each other and then the cross-linked protein complex is digested and analysed by mass spectrometry. The interactions we investigate are important for understanding and developing new cures for a wide range of diseases including cancer.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Andrew
Surname: 
Holding
Location
City: 
Cambridge
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2012
Professional Information
Field: 
Chemistry
Speciality: 
Molecular Chemistry
Qualifications: 
MChem Oxon. PhD Cantab.
Public engagement experience: 

Lasted Updated Nov 2011, for more up to date information please check http://evath.net/outreach

November 2011

Panel Member at eSCAMPS - Communicating Science to Non-Scientists.
Organised the first Bright Club in Cambridge. A sell-out event.
Invited speaker at Ivory Tower Society - Pembroke College Cambridge. on 'The History and Impact of the Haber process'.
Invited speaker at 'Skeptcs in the Pub in Nottingham' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Ran workshop introducing year 9 pupils from around Cambridge to the concept of chirality as part of the 'Strech' science sessions at Perse School for Senior Girls.
Speaker at the British Science Association SciScreen event held at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge introducing Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

October 2011

Launched the second series of ThinkOutreach's radio show 'The Science of Fiction' on CamFM.
Speaker at the first Science Showoff in London.
Invited speaker at 'Skeptcs in the Pub in Newcastle' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Organised a screening of Tim Minchin's Storm, with producer Tracy King and animator DC Turner.
Organised a science comedy night with Helen Arney at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

September 2011

Invited speaker at The Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
Stand-up performer for Bright Club in London on 'Building Molecules'.

August 2011

Speaker for Cambridge University's plenary lecture series on 'Impact and Responsibility'. Organised as part of the Institute of Continuing Education's Summer School.
Speaker for Cambridge University's GEEMA Summer School on the science and history of both scurvy and the Haber process.
Interviewed for BBC Radio 5 Live's 5 Live Drive show about a Swede's attempt to build a home-made nuclear reactor.

July 2011

'Science Busking' on behalf of the Cambridgeshire branch of the British Science Association at Cambridge's Big Weekend.
Speaker for Cambridge University's Mature Student Summer School on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Speaker for Cambridge University's Further Education Summer School on the science and history of the Haber process.
Selected for training at the Science Museum on how to host an engaging science event.

June 2011

Invited speaker to talk on 'Public Engagement in the 21st Century: Blogging and Social Media' as part of the University of Cambridge - Centre for Personal and Professional Development's lecture series.
Speaker at 'Drinking Skeptically' in Denver, CO on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.

May 2011 - July 2011

ThinkOutreach's first live radio show series 'The Science of Fiction'' on CamFM. The show discusses examples of real science and/or the science behind fictional concepts in films, TV shows and books.

May 2011

'Kitchen Science' at the Cambridge Beer Festival, demonstrating several experiments the audience could repeat at home, as well as hydrogen and cryogenics. Organised in partnership with University of Cambridge - Community Affairs team.

April 2011

Planned and carried out 'Chirality and Molecular Structure Workshop' for the Widening Participation Team, Cambridge Admissions Office.

March 2011

Founded ThinkOutreach and organised ThinkCon 2011 to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival. The event was funded by an UnLtd Catalyst award to promote grass-roots science outreach. Speakers included Prof David Colquhoun (UCL), Dr Sile Lane (Sense About Science) and Dr Chris Smith (The Naked Scientists).
Invited as first speaker for the British Science Association in Cambridge's SciScreen event held at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge on the science behind the movies 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: The Year We Make Contact before a showing of the latter movie.
Invited speaker at Cambridge Regional College to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Invited speaker at 'Brighton Science Festival' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.

February 2011

Speaker for Cambridge University's School Challenge Days and Schools Masterclasses on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.
Founded 'Skeptics Cafe' discussion group in Cambridge as an inclusive event for women interested in science. Now run by MRC Cancer Cell Unit.

January 2011

Invited speaker at 'Skeptics in the Pub - Cardiff' to talk on the science and history of a cure for scurvy.

November 2010

'Science Busking' on behalf of the Cambridgeshire branch of the British Science Association at The Grafton Centre, Cambridge.
Repeat guest on 'The Naked Scientists' radio show broadcast answering the public's questions on science. Broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and syndicated to the rest of the BBC local stations in the east of England.

October 2010

Science is Vital - organised press coverage in Cambridgeshire, including coverage in Cambridge News.

May 2010

Guest host on CUR1350 (now CamFM) discussing the quirky science news of the week.
Producer of the 'Skeptics in the Pub - Podcast', which receives 500-1000 downloads a month (as of March 2011).

October 2009

Founder and organiser of the highly successful 'Skeptics in the Pub' talks in Cambridge.

Languages Spoken: 
English
Topics of Interests: 
Science
Chemistry
Biology
Biochemistry
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://evath.net
http://cambridge.skepticsinthepub.org
http://cambridge.brightclub.org
Publications: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2010/nov/25/1
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/sep/08/faith-belief-consolation-scepticism
 
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