Local Organising Committee
|Dr Patricia Martin, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
I am currently Reader in Cell Biology at Glasgow Caledonian University. I was awarded my PhD in Molecular Virology at the University of Warwick after which I spent 3 years on Postdoctoral Fellowships in Germany and the Netherlands. In 1994 I returned to the UK to Cardiff University where I joined Professor Howard Evans research team and have focussed on Gap Junction research ever since. In January 2004 I was appointed lecturer at GCU and established my own group with linking roles in the Diabetes Research Group. I have been part of the UK gap junction network since 1994 and been involved in organisation of several of our UK Gap Junction meetings (see http://www.biochemsoctrans.org/bst/043/3/default.htm#d )
Research in my lab currently focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying connexin mediated signalling during wound healing (normal and diabetic conditions) and in other skin diseases including psoriasis.
|Dr Scott Johnstone, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
I have been involved in the Gap Junction community for over 10 years, and have helped in the organization of several UK Gap Junction meetings and now have the honour of welcoming the International Gap Junction community to Glasgow in 2017. I obtained my PhD in 2008 at Glasgow Caledonian University (UK) followed by a post-doc at the University of Virginia Cardiovascular Research Centre (USA) then as a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre (UK). I am currently a Lecturer in Biomedical Science at Glasgow Caledonian University with a focus on both research and teaching. My research centres on understanding connexin and pannexin protein signaling and how this alters the complex cellular coordination of inflammation, proliferation, migration and apoptosis in cardiovascular diseases. In particular, we focus on the effects of post-translational modification and protein interactions that regulate function.
|Professor Sheila Graham, University of Glasgow, UK
Sheila Graham is Professor of Molecular Virology at the MRC University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. Her group works on tumour viruses and their interactions with host cells. Connexin 43 and tumour formation has been one aspect of the work in her laboratory for over 15 years. She collaborates with Dr Patricia Martin, Dr Scott Johnstone and Dr Malcolm Hodgins.