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Department of Pharmacology

 

Read about some of the inspirational past and present women from the University of Cambridge Department of Pharmacology.

 

Dr Dewi Safitri

Dr Dewi Safitri is a postdoctoral researcher within the Ladds’ laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and an affiliated postdoctoral researcher at Trinity College, Cambridge. Originally from Indonesia, Dewi moved to Cambridge to study for a PhD. 

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Dr Janet Kumita

Janet Kumita is a Group Leader in the Department of Pharmacology who was recently awarded a highly prestigious MRC Career Development Fellowship. Originally from Canada, Janet started her research career studying for a PhD in chemistry at the University of Toronto. Janet then moved to the University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry after being awarded a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Dr Sarah Millington-Burgess

Dr Sarah Millington-Burgess is the new Department of Pharmacology Senior Teaching Associate and a College Teaching Associate in Sidney Sussex College. Sarah has been in Cambridge for 10 years, completing her Natural Sciences undergraduate degree followed by a PhD studying platelet biology and thrombosis, funded by the British Heart Foundation. Sarah is an exceptionally passionate and gifted researcher and teacher; we interviewed Sarah and asked her about her experience working in Pharmacology.

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Dr Begüm Akman-Tuncer

Dr Begüm Akman-Tuncer obtained her PhD in molecular biology from The Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2013. Following a two-year post-doctoral position, she joined Dr. Catherine Lindon’s group at the Department of Pharmacology.

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Dr Himansha Singh

Dr Himansha Singh is a scientist and entrepreneur who worked in the Department of Pharmacology between from 2013 to 2020. During her time in Cambridge, she completed her incredibly productive PhD and post-doctoral studies in the van Veen laboratories working on drug resistance and multidrug efflux pumps. She won the highly acclaimed CSAR PhD Students Award in 2017.

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Dr Catherine Lindon

I’m a molecular cell biologist. Research in my lab is focused on ubiquitin signalling: we study how it controls protein destruction (proteolysis) and how proteolysis regulates the cell cycle. Our newest projects aim to harness ubiquitin signalling to create new therapeutic strategies.

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Dr Alecia-Jane Twigger

Alecia is a postdoctoral researcher in the Khaled group in the Department of Pharmacology. Having only moved to Cambridge in 2019 she has been incredibly successful already publishing an arsenal of manuscripts, including one analysing the transcriptional profiles of single cells purified from human breast milk.

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Dr Giovanna Zinzalla

Dr Giovanna Zinzalla is a visiting researcher in the Department of Pharmacology, collaborating with Prof. Laura Itzhaki to target transcription factors for therapeutic intervention.

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Professor Laura Itzhaki

Professor Laura Itzhaki recently became our Head of Department in Pharmacology, continuing her hugely successful academic career. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, Laura moved to the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry for her PhD.

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Dr Peace Atakpa

Dr Peace Atakpa holds a highly prised Junior Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, and is undertaking her post‐doctoral research in the Taylor laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology. Originally from Nigeria, Peace completed her undergraduate studies in the University of Liverpool, before moving to Cambridge University for her PhD, funded by the Cambridge European and International Trust.

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Dr Sampurna Chakrabarti

Dr Sampurna Chakrabarti is an incredibly successful former member of the Pharmacology Department. Originally from Kolkata, India, Sam completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Buffalo, and was then awarded a Gates Cambridge PhD studentship.

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Dr Lesley MacVinish

Dr Lesley MacVinish is a Senior Teaching Associate in the Department of Pharmacology and Fellow of Wolfson College. Lesley has been a longstanding member of the department and we will be sad to see her go at the end of 2020. We interviewed Lesley and asked her about her time working in Pharmacology.

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