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Full NameDr Colin Adrain

Department:Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research

Organisation:Queen's University Belfast

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Research Fields
  • genetics, genomics and molecular biology
  • infectious disease and the immune system
  • cell and developmental biology/regenerative medicine
  • physiology and non-communicable disease
  • cancer/oncology
Postgrad Medical Specialties
  • Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Pathology
Medical Subspecialties
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Immunology
  • Nephrology
  • Physiology
  • Other
Other Medical Specialties:

Obesity / Type 2 Diaebetes / metabolic disease

My Work

Dr. Adrain encourages PhD applications from candidates from a basic science or clinical background. Work in the Adrain lab combines cellular biochemistry, cell biology, and in vivo mammalian models. Project interests include organismal and cellular metabolism; Organismal biology and pathophysiology; Inflammatory and Growth factor signaling and cancer; Proteolysis and cancer; Protein biogenesis/protein quality control and cancer; Protein trafficking in the secretory pathway.

Potential Projects

Potential PhD projects on the horizon include:

1) Molecular regulation of growth control (epidermal growth factor, EGFR) and inflammation (Tumour Necrosis Factor).
2) Organismal and cellular regulation of metabolism.
3) Control of membrane protein biogenesis and degradation at the endoplasmic reticulum.