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Biotechnology Unit shortlisted for the RegMedNet Award for Cultivating Excellence

7 Aug 2018 5:15PM

The Biotechnology Unit at the University of Suffolk is one of five international finalists for the REgMedNet Award for Cultivating Excellence (ACE).

The Award recognises and celebrates the work of regenerative medicine labs around the world.  RegMedNet is a prestigious community site that unites the diverse regenerative medicine community, in partnership with their high impact factor journal Regenerative Medicine.

The University of Suffolk Biotechnology Unit Lab is one of only two UK-based finalists, the other being the Barker Lab, University of Cambridge.

The Award submission was led and submitted by Dr Federica Masieri, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for MSc Regenerative Medicine. The submission highlighted research and career development, education and student experience, collaboration with other partners, public engagement, facilities and equipment.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, said, "The shortlisting of the Biotechnology Unit for the ACE prize is an outstanding achievement for the team.  To be shortlisted with such an eminent list of international research groups shows the excellent quality of work produced by our team.”

Dean of the School of Science, Technology and Engineering Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, said, “This is an amazing achievement by any measure. I am absolutely delighted to see the team’s outstanding work recognised in this way, as well as the kudos that this brings to the University.”

Dr Federica Masieri, added “Being shortlisted for the ACE prize brings us on the world stage in the area of Regenerative Medicine. I believe it is the care in developing our students as future leaders in this cutting-edge research area that sets us apart from bigger institutions, together with our facilities and dynamic research environment. Seeing our lab name next to the other prestigious ones shortlisted makes us proud and humble at the same time.”

Dr Aida Rajic, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Bioscience, contributed to the submission and said “I cannot express the excitement for our lab being shortlisted. This is the testimony of how impactful our work in regenerative medicine and life science is. We offer our student community the best educational experience.”   

RegMetNet explained the reasons the University of Suffolk was shortlisted "The role played by their teaching and learning environment, with students as protagonists, has been the place where Team members continuously develop their career and expertise.”

"The University of Suffolk plays a fundamental role and continuous effort at establishing and progressively consolidating a teaching and research platform in the area of regenerative medicine representing both an exciting and challenging endeavour for the Team."

The winning lab will be selected by public vote, which closes on 15 August. To place your vote visit


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