Gareth Fearnley

Originally from God’s own county (Yorkshire), Gareth completed a degree in Biochemistry, followed by a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Leeds with Dr Vas Ponnambalam. Here he studied how the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A/VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)-2 signalling axis modulated endothelial cell function, with a particular focus on differential regulation by individual VEGF-A splice isoforms.

After his PhD and many years focusing on the kinase side of signal transduction, Gareth decided to switch stance and study the antagonistic and relatively poorly understood role of phosphatases. In 2016, Gareth joined the laboratory of Dr Hayley Sharpe with the aim of better understanding the functional and mechanistic role of the receptor type protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP), PTPRK. Currently, his research interests lie in identifying high confidence PTP substrates and how the redox regulation of PTPs impacts cellular function. In his spare time he enjoys music, real ale and online competitive gaming.