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Dr Emmanuel Boucrot
Room 102
Department of Structural and Molecular Biology
Darwin Building , Gower Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4302
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

2011 -  2016   BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow and Principal Investigator, University College London, London (UK)
2008 - 2011    MRC Postdoctoral Fellow, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (UK)
2006 - 2008    HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston (US) 

2005 - 2006    EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston (US) 
2001 - 2005    PhD in Immunology (summa cum laude), University of Aix-Marseille II, Marseille (France) 
2000 - 2001    MRes in Immunology, University of Aix-Marseille II, Marseille (France)
1998 - 2000    MSc in Biochemistry, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
1995 - 1998    BSc in Biochemistry, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

1995               Baccalauréat (science), Lycée International de Ferney -Voltaire (France)

Publications: 21 research papers, 1 review article;  h-index 19;  over 2,700 citations 

Selected research papers: 

- Santos AJM, Meinecke M, Fessler MB, Holden DW and Boucrot E$ (2013) 'Preferental targeting of mitotic cells by Salmonella reveals that cell surface cholesterol is maximal during metaphase' J Cell Sci 126 pp. 2990-6

- Boucrot E*, Pick A*, Camdere G*, Liska N, Evergren E, McMahon HT and Koslov MM (2012) 'Membrane fission is promoted by insertions of amphipathic helices and is restricted by crescent BAR domains'  Cell  149 (1) pp.124-36

- Henne WM*, Boucrot E*,$, Meinecke M, Evergren E,Vallis Y, Mittal R and McMahon HT$  (2010) 'FCHo proteins are nucleators of clathrin-mediated endocytosis' Science  328 (5983) pp.1281-4   

- Boucrot E, Henry T, Borg JP, Gorvel JP and Meresse S (2005) 'The intracellular fate of Salmonella depends on the recruitment of kinesin'  Science  308 (5725) pp.1174-8

review article:
- McMahon HT$ and Boucrot E$ (2011) 'Molecular mechanisms and physiological functions of clathrin-mediated endocytosis'                       Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol  12 (8) pp.517-33


* joint first authors    $ corresponding author

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Research Summary

Understanding molecular mechanisms and establishing functions of intracellular membrane trafficking in health and disease.

Work in my group focuses on dissecting molecular mechanisms of intracellular membrane trafficking during cell regeneration, cell migration and bacterial infection and understanding their perturbations during some diseases.

Current group members:

Dr Ana Mendes-Pereira (Postdoc funded by BBSRC)

Dr Kieran McGourty (Postdoc funded by BBSRC)

Mr Antonio Ferreira (PhD student funded by FCT)

Ms Laura Chan Wah Hak (MRes student)

Project 1: Regulation of membrane trafficking by reversible phoshorylation during cell division

Improper cellular regeneration compromises healing, accelerates ageing and is involved in cancer development. Cell replacement is achieved by cell division. Reversible phosphorylation controls many cellular processes, including cell division and membrane trafficking. We are combining global phospho-proteomics, high-throughput screening microscopy with classical biochemistry and cell biology assays to dissect the mechanisms of phospho-regulation of membrane trafficking during cell division. These studies are expected to contribute to our global understanding of the regulation of cellular membrane exchanges, cell division and regeneration.

Project 2: Mechanisms of clathrin-independent endocytosis

Endocytosis is the process by which cells acquire substances from the extracellular space and  internalise transmembrane cell surface proteins, of which receptors are a major class. The process occurs through invaginations of the plasma membrane forming endocytic vesicles that, once pinched off the surface, are transported to endosomes and, from there, sorted to the appropriated cellular destinations depending on the fate of the receptor. We recently discovered a new pathway of endocytosis. Our goal is to establish the functions and molecular mechanisms of this novel route of entry into cells.


External: Prof. David Holden FRS (Imperial College, London), Prof. Jonathon Pines (Gurdon Institute, Cambridge), Dr Ramiro Massol (Harvard, Boston), Dr Harvey McMahon FRS (MRC LMB, Cambridge)

UCL: Dr Mark Marsh (MRC LMCB), Prof. Jasminka Godovac-Zimmermann (Dept. of Medecine), Dr Richard Hayward (SMB), Prof. Kaila Srai (SMB)

Teaching Summary

BIOC1007 and BIOC2001 - Tutor

BIOC3002, BIOC3027 and BIOC3004 - Supervisor, first and second marker
BCBC006S6 (Birkbeck) Advanced Cell Biology - Lecturer and joint course organiser
UCL PhD in Molecular Cell Biology - Tutor
UCL MSc and MRes - Supervisor

Academic Background
2005 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Universite de la Mediterranée (Aix Marseille II)
2001 MRes Master of Research Universite de la Mediterranée (Aix Marseille II)
2000 MSc Master of Science Universite de Genève
1998 BSc Bachelor of Science Universite de Genève
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