Congratulations to Clare Buckley who has been awarded a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
Clare received her PhD in Neuroscience in 2009 from the laboratory of Robin Franklin at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with a small biotechnology company, Summit Plc. During this time she developed the use of zebrafish as a drug-screening model for myelin-promoting compounds. Clare carried out her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Jon Clarke, where she uncovered a novel mechanism of cell polarisation within zebrafish neural epithelial cells. She held a short-term EMBO fellowship at Orion Weiner’s laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco, where she adapted the Phytochrome optogenetics system for use in zebrafish. She was recently awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship and started her own laboratory at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in October 2017. She has just been awarded the Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, which she will start in 2018.
Clare will use optogenetics and live confocal imaging within the whole zebrafish neural tube to manipulate the polarity of single cells using light. This will allow her to ask how cell polarity is involved in building organs during development and breaking them during diseases such as carcinoma.