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About Phumzile Sikakana

Phumzile Sikakana studied Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff University before completing her Masters at Sheffield University following research into “The role of the phosphoinositide (PI) 5-kinase PIKfyve in phagosome maturation and killing, using the amoeba and model phagocyte Dictyostelium discoideum”. Phum recently heard that she had been awarded a distinction for her Masters degree. Phum joined ApconiX in November 2018. A keen sports woman, Phum swam for Yorkshire until she was 16. She started playing rugby when she joined Cardiff University and is hoping to continue playing, now she has moved to the Northwest.

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 |2019-05-22T16:23:02+01:00May 23rd, 2019|Careers|Comments Off on Working at ApconiX

Identification of Selective Inhibitors of The Epithelial Sodium Channel 𝛿.

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 𝛿”, 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 𝛿.