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PRIZES AND AWARDS
2012 University of Oxford Major Educator Teaching Excellence Award (Team Award)
2013 OxTalent Award in the category of ‘Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom’ for the HEA-funded project ‘Mobile interactive board technology for wet laboratory practical teaching’ (Dr. Kevin Coward, Mrs Celine Jones).
2013 University Teaching Award for innovative use of information technology in teaching and learning (Dr. Kevin Coward, Mrs Celine Jones).
2014 Oxtalent Award in the category of ‘Interactive Infographics’ for the use a novel method for poster presentation that uses electronic video-enhanced posters projected by a mobile interactive whiteboard (Mrs Celine Jones, Dr Natalia Barkalina & Dr Kevin Coward).
2014 University Teaching Award for the design of a novel method for poster presentation that uses electronic video-enhanced posters projected by a mobile interactive whiteboard. (Mrs Celine Jones, Dr Natalia Barkalina & Dr Kevin Coward).
Educated in France, I began my scientific career with Professor John Heath at Birmingham University investigating the molecular processes that control the behaviour of cancer cells. In 2004 I joined Professor Helen Mardon at the University of Oxford as a research technician to study the molecules involved in early human embryogenesis. I was appointed as Laboratory Manager for the NDOG’s new MSc in Clinical Embryology in 2008 and played an instrumental role in setting up the course. In addition to my teaching and managerial duties for the MSc, I undertake research into cellular, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of oocyte activation at fertilisation. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, British Andrology Society and member of the Royal Microscopy Society.
- The role of phospholipase C zeta (PLCζ), a testis-specific molecule responsible for oocyte activation. Particularly in understanding how this molecule relates to male infertility
- The use of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a cargo-delivery system to introduce specific compounds to gametes and embryos
- The implication and potential detrimental effects of Assisted Reproductive Technology upon sperm-specific proteins
- The use of laser micro-manipulation techniques to enable the heat activation of molecular constructs in gametes and embryos
- The development of of a versatile exosome-based platform for the delivery of molecular compounds to mammalian sperm
Oocyte Activation and Fertilisation: Crucial Contributors from the Sperm and Oocyte.
Yeste M. et al, (2017), Results Probl Cell Differ, 59, 213 - 239
Development of a laser-activated mesoporous silica nanocarrier delivery system for applications in molecular and genetic research
Davidson LM. et al, (2016), Journal of Biomedical Optics
Does advancing male age influence the expression levels and localisation patterns of phospholipase C zeta (PLCζ) in human sperm?
Coward K. et al, (2016), Scientific Reports
Oocyte activation deficiency: a role for an oocyte contribution?
Yeste M. et al, (2016), Hum Reprod Update, 22, 23 - 47
Nanomedicine and mammalian sperm: Lessons from the porcine model.
Barkalina N. et al, (2016), Theriogenology, 85, 74 - 82