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Department of Pharmacology


Janet Kumita completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Waterloo and her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Toronto with Prof. G. Andrew Woolley where she developed azobenzene switches to reversibly control peptide structure. In 2003, she was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship and joined Prof. Sir Christopher Dobson’s group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, investigating how molecular chaperones modulate amyloid formation by variants of human lysozyme linked with systemic amyloidosis. Janet was a Researcher Co-Investigator on a BBSRC Project Grant (2007) that further focused on elucidating the mechanism of amyloid formation by human lysozyme. In 2017, she was promoted to Principal Research Associate in the Centre for Misfolding Diseases (CMD). In April 2020, Janet joined Prof. Laura Itzhaki’s group as a Senior Research Associate. Janet is now an MRC Career Development Award Fellow and Group Leader in the Department of Pharmacology.


Key publications: 
  • Jung J.-H., Barbosa A.D., Hutin S., Kumita J.R., Gao M., Derwort D., Silva C.S., Lai X., Pierre E., Geng F., Kim S.-B., Baek S., Zubieta C., Jaeger K.E. & P.A. Wigge, “A prion-like domain in ELF3 functions as a thermosensor in Arabidopsis”, Nature 585(7824): 256-260 (2020).
  • Du Z., Chakrabarti S., Kulaberoglu Y., Smith E.S.J., Dobson C.M., Itzhaki L.S. & J.R. Kumita, “Probing the unfolded protein response in long-lived naked mole-rats”, Biochem Biophys Res Comm 529(4): 1151-1157 (2020).
  • Ng J.S.W., Hanspal M.A., Matharu N.S., Barros T.P., Esbjörner E.K., Wilson M.R., Yerbury J.J., Dobson C.M. and J.R. Kumita, “Using tetracysteine-tagged TDP-43 with a biarsenical dye to monitor real-time trafficking in a cell model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis” Biochemistry 58(39): 4086-4095 (2019).
  • Ahn M., Waudby C.A., Bernardo-Gancedo A., De Genst E., Dhulesia A., Salvatella X., Christodoulou J., Dobson C.M. and J.R. Kumita, “Application of lysine-specific labelling to detect transient interactions present during human lysozyme amyloid fibril formation”, Sci Rep 7(1): 15018 (2017).
MRC Career Development Award Fellow

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Person keywords: 
neurodegenerative diseases, biomolecular condensates, amyloid fibrils, consensus tetratricopeptide repeat proteins, protein engineering, protein self-assembly, protein homeostasis