Megan CassidyOriginally from Portsmouth, Megan completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Bath. During her undergraduate degree she moved to Cambridge to spend a placement year at Astex Pharmaceuticals.
Her work at Astex, focused on defining the effect of activating MEK mutations on resistance to MAPK pathway inhibitors, is what started her specific interest in signalling. Megan now works on the Cook Lab’s collaboration with Phoremost to develop a novel tool for identification of new MAPK pathway inhibitors.
Outside of work Megan enjoys various sports (including cycling and swimming), playing her instruments (oboe and guitar) and cuddling her cat.
Kidger AM, Cook SJ
The FEBS journal
285 1742-4658:42-45 (2018)
Calcium phosphate particles stimulate interleukin-1β release from human vascular smooth muscle cells: A role for spleen tyrosine kinase and exosome release.
Dautova Y, Kapustin AN, Pappert K
Journal of molecular and cellular cardiology
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)