Emma Duncan

Emma comes from Lincolnshire and did her degree in Human Biology at Loughborough University, followed by a masters in Molecular Biology at the University of Nottingham. She moved down to London in 2010 to become a research assistant for a couple of years at Queen Mary University of London, where she worked on the regulation of cholesterol biosynthesis with Prof Carol Shoulders.

Emma stayed at Queen Mary University for another 4 years to do a PhD with Prof Paul Chapple, where she identified that cell organelle defects and disruptions to protein homeostasis are implicated in a rare cerebellar ataxia.

She is now in her first post-doc position with Simon where she is investigating the role that DYRKs have in the regulation of the signalling scaffold protein p62/SQSTM1, which is important for autophagy, nutrient sensing and cellular stress responses.

Outside work Emma enjoys many sports including cycling, rock climbing, swimming and running.