Meet the Winners of the UK PCRBIO Research Grant 2024

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the PCRBIO UK Research Grant, which provides funding for PCR reagents to UK life science researchers. After careful consideration of numerous applications, our judging panel has selected those projects with exceptional potential in their respective fields.

Tegan Hibbert from the University of Liverpool and her team received the 1st place grant (£6000 in PCR reagents) for their project focusing on accurate identification of antimicrobial resistant respiratory pathogens in clinical isolates. We are excited to help this exciting project and the impact it will have on tackling the serious issue of pathogen antimicrobial resistance.

Our warmest congratulations to our four UK runners up, who will each receive a prize of £1000 worth of PCR reagents, which will undoubtedly contribute to their ongoing research efforts:

Helen Cockerton, from the University of Kent, working on fungal plant pathogens;

Christos Velanis, from The Open University, working on production of anti-inflammatory compounds in diatoms;

Golsana Haghdousti, from University College London, for her work elucidating the cellular processes controlling manganese homeostasis and its links to manganese-related neuronal dysfunction; and

Kai Kean, from the University of Oxford, for her work developing diagnostic assays for the prevention of blood transplant-induced viremia.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in the PCRBIO Research Grant. As usual, the range of interesting, high quality research projects submitted made our judging panel’s job very difficult. We also wish to warmly thank to our judges, for their time and effort, which make this research grant possible. As part of our commitment to supporting researchers, we will also provide help and technical support for any PCR-related queries pertaining to our reagents. Once again, congratulations to the winners, and we eagerly anticipate the groundbreaking discoveries that will result from their projects.

Tegan Hibbert is the recipient of our main PCRBIO Research Grant prize in 2024.