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Gary Loughran


Gary graduated (Biochemistry) from Queen’s University Belfast in 1995 and then completed his graduate studies (D.Phil) in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Dr Julian D. Gross and Professor Peter C. Newell, where he used the recently developed technique of mRNA Differential Display to identify developmentally regulated genes from the multicellular model organism Dictyostelium discoideum.  He then joined the Department of Biochemistry at UCC in 1998 as a Post-doctoral researcher in Dr (now Professor) Rosemary O’Connor’s lab where he made cDNA microarrays from mouse fibroblasts derived from Insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) knock-out mice. This study identified several genes regulated by the IGF-1R pathway that are still under investigation today by researchers in the O’Connor lab. 

In 2004, Gary joined Professor John F. Atkins Recoding lab where he has worked on several aspects of protein synthesis including the control of start codon selection in eukaryotes, overlapping genes in cardioviruses and screening for antivirals against Foot and Mouth disease virus by targeting the unusual virus-specific translation event termed StopGo or Stop Carry-on.

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School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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University College Cork