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Dr Kate Bowers
Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

Eukaryotic cells are divided into membrane-bound compartments called organelles. Each organelle performs a specific function, and requires a particular set of proteins and lipids to perform this function. Our overall aim is to identify and understand the molecular machinery that sorts proteins within the cell and sends them to the correct location. Correct protein sorting is essential for many processes including the control of cell proliferation and functioning of the immune and nervous systems: defects in these processes often lead to disease. In addition, many viruses exploit protein trafficking pathways for their entry and/ or exit from the cell. Our research can be divided into two main themes: 1) The trafficking of the ZIP family of iron/ zinc/ manganese transporters in health and disease and 2) Ion gradients across intracellular organelles and their role in protein trafficking.

Teaching Summary

I am course organizer for BIOC0012 (Research Project Foundations) and BIOC0033 (Membrane Trafficking and Mechanisms of Disease).

I lecture on BIOC0005 (Molecular Biology) and BIOC0007 (Essential Molecular Biology), and am a tutor for BIOC0005 (Molecular Biology) and BIOC0003 (Experimental Biochemistry).  Every year I supervise project students for BIOC0021 (Advanced Investigative Projects in Molecular Biosciences) and MSci Biochemistry Extended Research Projects.


I also supervise PhD student projects via several UCL PhD programmes.  Please see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/study/phd-study/structural-and-molecular-biology-phds or https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lmcb/phd-programme-overview

Academic Background
1993 BA Bachelor of Arts – Natural Sciences Tripos Part II: Biochemistry University of Cambridge
  FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2008 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
1998 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Biology University College London
1997 MA Master of Arts – Biology University of Cambridge
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