Emma MinihaneEmma grew up on the island of Jersey and went on to study Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Bath. Her interest in signalling sparked from a research project she undertook with Dr Jim Caunt, studying ERK1/2 and PKB responses to nerve growth factor in the PC12 model system.
After a 5-month stint travelling in the USA (visiting 23/50 States), Emma re-entered the world of science and joined the Cook lab in 2016. Her work is in collaboration with AstraZeneca, focusing on combining BH3 mimetics with kinase inhibitors in cancer.
Still an islander at heart, Emma enjoys many water sports and misses being by the sea. She is a jazz drummer (yes really!) and is also currently teaching herself how to play the guitar (very badly).
Note from Editor.
It is unclear from Emma’s account if she is very bad at teaching herself or very bad at playing the guitar. No doubt such ambiguity in writing will be sorted by the time she comes to write her thesis.
ERK1/2 signalling protects against apoptosis following endoplasmic reticulum stress but cannot provide long-term protection against BAX/BAK-independent cell death.
Darling NJ, Balmanno K, Cook SJ
12 1932-6203:e0184907 (2017)
Cook SJ, Stuart K, Gilley R
The FEBS journal
Sipthorp J, Lebraud H, Gilley R
Galloway A, Saveliev A, Łukasiak S
Science (New York, N.Y.)
352 1095-9203:453-9 (2016)
Tumor cells with KRAS or BRAF mutations or ERK5/MAPK7 amplification are not addicted to ERK5 activity for cell proliferation.
Lochhead PA, Clark J, Wang LZ
Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.)
15 1551-4005:506-18 (2016)
Branco MR, King M, Perez-Garcia V
36 1878-1551:152-63 (2016)
Caunt CJ, Sale MJ, Smith PD
Nature reviews. Cancer
15 1474-1768:577-92 (2015)
Identification of DYRK1B as a substrate of ERK1/2 and characterisation of the kinase activity of DYRK1B mutants from cancer and metabolic syndrome.
Ashford AL, Dunkley TP, Cockerill M
Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS
DYRK1A-mediated Cyclin D1 Degradation in Neural Stem Cells Contributes to the Neurogenic Cortical Defects in Down Syndrome.
Najas S, Arranz J, Lochhead PA
2 2352-3964:120-34 (2015)
Epigenetic memory of the first cell fate decision prevents complete ES cell reprogramming into trophoblast.
F Cambuli, A Murray, W Dean
26 5:5538 (2014)
Sale MJ, Cook SJ
Biochemical Society transactions
42 1470-8752:776-83 (2014)
The increase in BIK expression following ERK1/2 pathway inhibition is a consequence of G₁ cell-cycle arrest and not a direct effect on BIK protein stability.
Sale MJ, Cook SJ
The Biochemical journal
459 1470-8728:513-24 (2014)