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I am a Research Fellow in the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh. My research develops and implements proteomic approaches to investigate mechanisms of cancer cell adhesion.

I studied Biochemistry at the University of Warwick and was selected to spend an Intercalated Year of my degree working at AstraZeneca. I received my PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester, where I studied cell adhesion in the laboratory of Professor Martin Humphries, and where I stayed to undertake postdoctoral work. Here, I developed methodologies for the isolation and proteomic analysis of integrin adhesion complexes, which led to the description of the first experimentally defined integrin proteomes and insight into the complexity of the molecular machinery of cell adhesion. I then moved to the research group of Professor Margaret Frame at the University of Edinburgh, where I used integrative ‘omic approaches to investigate the dysregulation of cell adhesion proteins in cancer.

I am a Member of the Royal Society of Biology, the British Society for Proteome Research, the British Society for Matrix Biology, the British Society for Cell Biology and the Biochemical Society. I received the 2009 Early Career Investigator Award from the British Society for Proteome Research and the 2010 Young Investigator Award from the British Society for Matrix Biology. In 2013, I was awarded Chartered Biologist status by the Royal Society of Biology and Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biochemistry, The University of Manchester


Award Date: 18 Jun 2008

Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biochemistry (with Intercalated Year), Univ Warwick


Award Date: 12 Jul 2004


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