Jason King, Principal Investigator
I followed up my degree in Medical Biochemistry, with an MPhil(Res) in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Birmingham in 2000. I then did a PhD in the lab of Adrian Harwood first at the LMCB in London, then Cardiff University, studying how lithium treatment (still widely used to tread bipolar disorder) affects cellular signalling. I subsequently did a 6-year postdoc in the lab of Robert Insall at the CR-UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow. There, after initially working on cell migration and division I was able to develop my interests in autophagy and trafficking. In 2013 I was awarded a Vice-Chancellors Advanced Fellowship by the University of Sheffield to establish an independent research group, which was followed by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, awarded in 2015.
Ben Phillips: PhD student
Ben is a BBSRC-funded PhD student, who joined the lab in 2014. He is trying to understand how cells induce autophagy in response to mechanical stress, and the relevance of this to human physiology.
Cat joined the lab as a PhD student in 2014. She is studying what happens to macropinosomes after they form, and how their maturation is regulated.
Rhys helped develop a new experimental system using Dictyostelium as a model host for the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans.