Postgraduate DPhil Student
I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry (First Class). During my time at Glasgow I undertook a summer placement with Professor George Baillie aiming to characterise the function of the phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) isoforms PDE4B2 and PDE4D5. Following some interesting results, I became interested in mTOR signalling and decided to further my knowledge in this area through my dissertation, which focused on non-endolysosomal mTORC1 and its potential functions. I am now working in the Goberdhan lab investigating the ways in which mTORC1 signalling regulates exosome secretion in cancer cells. My primary interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms which underlie cellular signalling, particularly the ways in which signals are integrated to generate differential responses in target cells and how disruptions in this can contribute to pathogenesis.
My DPhil is funded through a four year Oxford Cancer Research Centre CRUK Prize studentship. I am also a recipient of the Snell Exhibition awarded by Balliol College.
Compartmentalisation of second messenger signalling pathways.
McCormick, K and Baillie, G, (2014), 27, 20-25
Honours & Awards
Martin Smellie Memorial Prize June 2013
Most outstanding student in the Junior Honours Biochemistry class
Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for Biology June 2014
Most distinguished Science graduate of the year
Norman Davidson Memorial Prize June 2014
Most distinguished graduate with Honours in Biochemistry