About the lab

This is the lab blog of Dr Kevin Hamill and his team, in the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool .

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We are a cell and molecular biology research team working on a variety of projects related to cell-matrix interaction and alternative splicing. We take a holistic approach with different team members working on different aspects spanning from whole organisms and whole tissues right down to the genetic level. We also work in both directions; starting from the protein/gene and trying to improve understanding of biological mechanisms, and starting at the disease level and working toward putting our fundamental knowledge into practice by identifying therapeutic interventions.


We’re currently putting together a set of non-specialist descriptions of lab research focuses; check out our friendly introductions to laminins here, and LaNts here and our cancer research project here, more coming soon.

As if the matrix biology isn’t enough (it really is), we have an interest in sun protection and UV imagining. You can read about one of the published studies here or a how-to-guide for imaging with blacklight/UV cameras here. They also have links to some of our headlines.

The blog pages (here) contains a mixture of  updates of events in the lab, grants, publications and fun stuff! Look out for the series of “they grow up so fast” marking significant events in my students’ progress, and “you can tell a lot by looking” with cool lab images.


We also recently started adding cartoons based on “Life in the Laminin Lab“. Storylines contributed by team members (either directly or indirectly!).

In addition, I have prepared a series of scientific writing guides aimed at new writers to help them through the process of drafting their first manuscript/project report/thesis.

Also follow us on twitter @LaNtsandLaminin for more frequent updates or click the follow button to get regular updates of new content.

lab website here; https://spark.adobe.com/page/kmXI8W/

Or my presence on the University of Liverpool website for more structured content http://www.liv.ac.uk/ageing-and-chronic-disease/staff/kevin-hamill/research/

If you would like to support our research please get in touch, or you can donate directly via this paypal link. LaNtsandLaminin is also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk. Anytime you click on a link to a product page on amazon and then make a purchase, we will receive a small commission. These monies enter a pot of money we reserve for risky/exciting/blue sky ideas that otherwise would not be funded


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