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About Phumzile Sikakana

  Phumzile Sikakana MSc. Phum studied Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff University before completing her Master’s degree at Sheffield University in 2018 where she received a distinction. A keen sports woman, Phum swam for Yorkshire until she was 16 and played rugby at Cardiff. Phum was a recent recipient of a EUROTOX travel fellowship to attend the 2019 Gordon Conference where her talk was selected for platform presentation. As an internet native, Phum brings a fresh approach to the ApconiX team and is focusing on learning all about molecular toxicology, target safety assessments and discovery toxicology.

ApconiX Chooses The Joshua Tree as Their Charity of the Year for 2020

Phumzile Sikakana talks about ApconiX’s fundraising for 2019 and looks forward to 2020. “ApconiX have had an absolutely fantastic 6 months of fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support. Our grand total is an amazing £2000! I'd personally like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has supported us, and I hope you’ve had as [...]

By |2020-03-11T15:36:01+00:00January 30th, 2020|Events|Comments Off on ApconiX Chooses The Joshua Tree as Their Charity of the Year for 2020

Festive Charity Fundraisers

ApconiX would like to congratulate Andrew Walker from BioScript for correctly guessing the number of sweets in the jar. There were 199 in total, lucky Andy gets to walk away with all that delicious Lindt chocolate! We have now raised  over a £1000 since the summer for our charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support. [...]

By |2019-11-28T15:23:50+00:00November 28th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on Festive Charity Fundraisers

Phum has completed her Triple Half Marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support!

Phumzile Sikakana talks about the final part of her Triple Half Marathon Challenge. “I took to the streets of south Manchester on Sunday the 13th of October to complete my final half marathon, making it 3 races in 6 weeks.  Honestly, I had let my training slip since the start of the challenge, so I [...]

By |2019-10-15T11:08:58+01:00October 15th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on Phum has completed her Triple Half Marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support!

“The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” at Alderley Park

On the 26th of September we hosted a Macmillan coffee at Alderley Park.  It was a lovely morning where we all came together for a cuppa, some delicious home baking and a chat, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  We had Pimm’s cupcakes, vegan carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake, banana loaf, individual Victoria sponges [...]

By |2019-09-27T15:30:43+01:00September 27th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” at Alderley Park

Another Half Marathon Completed in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support!

Phumzile Sikakana talks about part two of her Triple Half Marathon Challenge. “Last Sunday 22nd of September I ran the Macc-Fest Half Marathon in Macclesfield marking two-thirds of the way through my triple half marathon journey, and it was a hilly one!  Although I didn’t manage to get a personal best, I was the 33rd [...]

By |2019-09-25T14:36:24+01:00September 25th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on Another Half Marathon Completed in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support!

Half Marathon Triple Challenge in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Phumzile Sikakana talks about the first part of her Triple Half Marathon Challenge. “On Sunday the 1st of September 2019 I completed my first ever half marathon. I ran the Cheshire Half at Capesthorne Hall as part of my Half Marathon Triple Challenge. I was the 37th woman to cross the finish line in a [...]

By |2019-09-04T12:47:24+01:00September 4th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on Half Marathon Triple Challenge in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

ApconiX Chooses Macmillan Cancer Support as Their Charity of the Year.

There are few of us who have not been touched by cancer in one way or another and many of us know family and friends that have been helped or are being supported by Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan Cancer Support is here to help everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can [...]

By |2019-06-13T21:13:55+01:00June 13th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on ApconiX Chooses Macmillan Cancer Support as Their Charity of the Year.

Working at ApconiX

Phumzile Sikakana graduated from the University of Sheffield in January this year and was awarded a distinction in her master’s degree.  Phum joined ApconiX in November last year and here reflects on her first 6 months with the company. "I was a recent biomedical science graduate when I joined ApconiX. I was really happy to [...]

By |2020-01-20T09:38:08+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Careers|Comments Off on Working at ApconiX

Identification of Selective Inhibitors of The Epithelial Sodium Channel ?.

Victoria Miller, a PhD student from the Drug Discovery Centre at the University of Sussex recently spent a few months working in the ApconiX ion channel laboratory as a part of her research. Her PhD project titled “Identification of Potent and Selective Inhibitors of the Epithelial Sodium Channel ?”, was supervised by Professors Martin Gosling [...]

By |2019-04-24T15:32:21+01:00May 1st, 2019|Ion Channels, Events|Comments Off on Identification of Selective Inhibitors of The Epithelial Sodium Channel ?.