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Prestigious award for Senior Lecturer

Immunofluorescence image of cancer cells treated with a newly discovered small molecule - kinesore - that induces remodelling of the microtubule transport network (green) and dissociates organelles from the network (magenta)

4 June 2018

Dr Mark Dodding from the School of Biochemistry has won a Lister Institute Research Prize of £250,000 to use small-molecules to probe the molecular mechanisms that control the organisation of components within cells.

Each year the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine awards up to six outstanding biomedical researchers in the UK or Ireland with a prize grant to fund their research. Awards are based the originality and quality of the proposed research, past achievements and impact that the prize would have on their career.

The awards, for early career scientists, are very competitive and involve numerous peer review and interview stages led by a Scientific Advisory Committee who provide expertise across a broad range of scientific and medical disciplines.

On receiving his award Dr Dodding said:

“I am thrilled and honoured to be awarded with a Lister prize. This award will enable me capitalise quickly on a new, high profile discovery and I will be able to maintain the momentum required establish my lab as a world leader in this new area of research”

Dr Dodding’s research is focused on the mechanisms that regulate the transport and trafficking of components within cells on the microtubule cytoskeleton. These processes are critical to many cell behaviours from cell movement to cell division. Many diseases involve dysregulation of cytoskeletal components including Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as being crucial for the life cycles of many viral and bacterial pathogens such as HIV-1. Mark’s previous work has advanced the knowledge in this field tremendously. With this new award Mark intends to develop new strategies to control the organization of and transport on the cell cytoskeleton, which could ultimately be used for therapeutic purposes.

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