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CFTR and Cystic Fibrosis


Dr. Lesley McVinish - Group leader

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Investigator biography

I read Biology at Aberdeen University (1975–1979) where I also studied for my PhD (1979-1983). On completion of my doctorate I moved to Cambridge and worked as a postdoctoral researcher for many years in the laboratory of Professor Alan Cuthbert in the Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine. Our research focussed on epithelial physiology and pharmacology, with a specific interest in the genetic disease, cystic fibrosis.

I returned to Pharmacology in 2004 to take up the post of Senior Teaching Associate where I am the departmental teaching coordinator as well as having a full teaching load. In recognition of my contribution to outstanding teaching within the Department, I was awarded the a Pilkington Prize for Teaching in 2013 ( I am also the Graduate Admissions Tutor for the Department and Joint Chair of the Cambridge BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership programme (

In 2012 I was appointed as Deputy Director of Education for the Faculty of Biology in addition to my Departmental role. I have special teaching responsibility for the Medical and Veterinary Science Tripos and, as such, serves on a number of University Committees to support this role.