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Deb Simpson (1985-2020)
  • B.Sc Salford University
  • Ph.D. University of Liverpool
Deb graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Applied Biochemistry in 1985. And then completed her PhD with Rob. She then said in the lab as a postdoctoral associated. After a career break, Deb returned to PFG (the predecessor to CPR) in 2000 where she worked on several projects before becoming a stalwart of the newly formed Shared Research facility, working with multiple groups and amassing an impressive publication record. Deb retired in 2020.

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Catarina Franco (1985-2020)
  • B.Sc. University of Evora
  • Ph.D. New University of Lisbon
Cat completed her two degrees in Biochemistry in Portugal, and then, in 2012, won her first research grant funded from the competitive Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology to study starfish regeneration in Caltech. In 2016 Cat joined us to support the SRF, and was the enthusiastic who loved to take on the weird stuff! Mid 2020, Cat left us to take up a permanent position run-in an MS facility at the University of Cambridge.

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Amy Campbell (2014-2020)
  • B.Sc University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. University of Liverpool

Amy graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014 with a BSc in Biochemistry and joined CPR on a combined MRes/PhD, BBSRC funded studentship supervised by Claire. After her PhD, Amy worked as a NWCR funded postdoctoral research associate with Claire, and is now an Experimental Officer at the Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre, University of Manchester. Publications.

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Mark Prescott (2011-2020)
  • B.Sc UCL
  • M.Phil, University of Liverpool

Mark graduated from UCL in 1976 with an honours degree in chemistry and began work in November of that year as an instrument technician in the Biochemistry Department of the University of Liverpool, primarily on sterols, ecdysteroids and carotenoids. Later, Mark joined CPR, transformed our GC-MS system (fir the better!) and gradually developed multiple skills, especially in intact protein MS. Mark retired in the summer of 2020.

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Richard Bennett (2013-2020)
  • B.Sc Biochemistry, University ofYork
  • M.Sc. University of Leeds
  • Ph.D. University of Liverpool
Richard completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of York, graduating in 2011. After a year working in data management for the NHS, he started an MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Leeds before joining CPR as a PhD student in October 2013, where he developed the technology for the design and generation of DOSCATS. From February 2018, Richard took the role of KTP Associate, further developing designer proteins for analytical purposes with a Leeds based company called Badrilla. He is now working full time for Badrilla.

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Grace Loxley (2014-2019)
  • B.Sc Biochemistry, University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. University of Liverpool

Grace graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Biochemistry in 2014. For her PhD project, she worked on the biochemistry of chemical communication in some rather exotic species (
think mouse lemurs, bank voles and brisk tailed possums!) Grace is now working at Syngenta.

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Sam Ferries (2014-2018)
  • B.Sc Biochemistry, University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. University of Liverpool
Sam completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a Year in Industry at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2014. She completed her PhD with Claire Eyers and Pat Eyers, funded by the BBSRC on PLK4 regulated (phospho)proteome in cancer cells. Sam is now working for Waters. Publications.

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Gemma Hardman (2013-2018)
  • M.Chem. University of York
  • M.Sc. University of Leeds
  • Ph.D. University of Liverpool
Gemma enrolled on a combined MRes/PhD programme at the University of Liverpool, funded by the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. She completed her PhD in the CPR with the purpose of further developing MS-based methodologies to overcome some of the challenges associated with detection and characterisation of histidine phosphorylation in proteins from cell extracts. Publications. Gemma is now working in Cambridge.

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Matthias Vonderach (2013-2018)
  • Dip, PhD University of Karlsruhe.

After many years of research in fundamental physical chemistry, Matthias decided to broaden his professional horizon and joined CPR, working with Claire. He is now back in Germany

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Danielle Vileigas (2017-2018)
  • B.Sc. São Paulo State University (UNESP)
  • MSc in the Graduate Programme in Pathophysiology in Internal Medicine at UNESP.

Dani is a PhD student at the UNESP and my project aims to identify the myocardial proteins that are differently expressed between obese with cardiac dysfunction and healthy rats using proteomic approach. She gained an International Fellowship from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) to do a research internship CPR. We loved having Dani with us, showed her some snow, and were envious when she returned to the warmth in Brazil.

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Lynn McLean (1999-2018)
  • B.Sc. Liverpool John Moores University

Lynn has been a key member of CPR, but this year has taken early retirement. She supported many research groups and is co-author on
a lot of papers. We had a lovely series of leaving events, but there is a notably empty space where she sat. Enjoy your retirement, Lynn!

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Rebecca Pattison

  • B.Med.Sci. De Montfort University
  • M.Sc. University of Leicester
  • PhD University of Liverpool (viva pending)

Becka has just completed her PhD studies with us, completing a CASE Award with Avacta on the application of Affimers to proteomics. She is now working with Intertek, an analytical services company.

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Guadalupe Gomez-Baena (2009-2018)

Lupe has been a member of CPR since 2009, initially bringing her Marie Curie Fellowship to Liverpool

Since July 2012 she worked as as a Postdoctoral Research Associate as part of an ambitious LoLa project focused on developing new tools and strategies for rodent pest control based on the use of scent signals to manipulate rodent behaviour. Her role is this project is the biochemical characterisation of volatile components and the proteins that bind them, mainly MUPs (major urinary proteins) present in mice and rats urine. During this time, Lupe has also helped several other members of the group to develop their own skills, and has been active in STEM, winning grants to develop science clubs at local schools with other members of CPR. Lupe is now back in Cordoba, but will always be a big friend to the group.

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Stephen Holman (2014-2017)

  • B.Sc. Anglia Ruskin University
  • Ph.D. University of Southampton
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Manchester
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Liverpool

Stephen is a regular presenter at national and international meetings, is currently a committee member of the Northwest Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, was previously the Special Interest Group co-ordinator for the British Mass Spectrometry Society, has acted as a tutor on educational courses for national societies, and is a regular referee for several journals in addition to being an associate editorial board member for Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. Stephen is also a STEM ambassador. He has now joined Waters as an applications specialist, and will experience the other side of dealing with academics!

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Leandro Neves (2015-2016)

Leandro is studying for a PhD at the Federal University of Ouro Preto University, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Leandro was funded to visit the group for six months on a BBSRC funded ‘Newton Fund’ Award, a grant made to Rob and his Supervisor, Prof William Castro-Borges. Whilst here, Leandro built two QconCATs, expressed and used them for quantification of potential vaccine candidates for schistosomiasis. He also analysed similar proteins in terms of dynamics and turnover. Leandro is now back in Brazil, completing his PhD and enjoying married life!

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Karen Sanders (2014-2016)

Karen joined us to develop new skills in proteomics and MS imaging. She has now completed her M.Phil. Karen is a qualified veterinarian.

  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Liverpool
  • B.V.Sc University of Liverpool

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Bjarke (’Tom’) Thomsen (2015-2016)

Tom enrolled in the bachelor programme for molecular biology in 2011 at Aarhus University.

After completing the first 60 ECTS, he switched to an AP programme called "Chemical and Biotechnical Science" with a focus on applied laboratory work. In the winter of 14-15 I finished the theoretical part of the education with my speciality project, where we worked with plasmid cloning, and PCR amplification.

The programme ends with a one year internship, where my personal goal is to participate in original research. For his stay in the CPR group he spent time in a range of programmes, learning advanced mass spectrometry. Tom is now back in Denmark, working as a lab technician and organising big board games fairs!

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Vicki Lee (2013-2016)
  • MSci Forensic and Analytical Science, University of Huddersfield
  • Ph.D. University of Liverpool
  • Postdoctoral research, University of Manchester

Vicki studied MSci Forensic and Analytical Science at the University of Huddersfield before joining us on a project involving the identification, characterisation and quantification of major urinary proteins in mouse populations using mass spectrometry. She is now a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Manchester.

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Jenny Unsworth (2010 -2014)

  • BSc Pharmacology, University of Liverpool
Jenny completed her PhD with CPR and MBE, working on aspects of chemical communication in rodents. During this time she was co-author on three papers, one on a new lipocalin in the bank vole, one on an unusual WFDC12 protein in the mouse lemur (NOT a rodent!) and one review on semiochemical complexity in the protein complement of rodents. Jenny is now working at Waters as an Applications Chemist, and finds herself in the realm of small molecule analysis!

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Dean Hammond (2012-2015)
  • BSc Biochemistry, University of Sheffield
  • Ph.D. Cell Biology, University of Liverpool
  • Postdoctoral research, University of Liverpool
  • Analyst/Bioinformatician, Technology Directorate/CPR, University of Liverpool

In 2015 Dean has a new role as NWCRF Tenure Track Fellow at the University of Liverpool.

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Alex Smith (2015)
  • MMath, University of York
  • MSc Bioinformatics, University of Liverpool

In his final year MMath project, Alex modelled the particle morphologies of self-assembling peptide nanoparticles which have applications in vaccine design. After enjoying my exposure to mathematical biology during this project he enrolled to complete an MSc in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of York which started in October 2014.

As part of this MSc he took up a summer research placement in CPR to develop a method for classifying unidentified archaeological bone samples.

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Rebecca Miller (2012-2014)
  • BSc Biochemistry, University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. Glycomics, University of Liverpool
  • Postdoctoral research, UC Davis, California
  • Postdoctoral research: Clinical diagnostics
  • Postdoctoral research: Proteome quantification (CoPY project)
In 2015 Beccy has a new role as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.

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Amy Claydon (2005-2013)
  • BSc Bioveterinary Science, University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. Proteomics, University of Liverpool (EPSRC)
  • Postdoctoral research: QconCAT based quantification in the eukaryotic translational machinery. University of Liverpool
  • Postdoctoral research: Proteomics of sperm competition in rodents. University of Liverpool
Amy left CPR to work at fera, but in 2015, took on a new role as Training Consultant with Crawford Scientific.

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Helen Bayram (2011-2014)
  • B.Sc. Veterinary Science, Royal Veterinary College, London
  • Ph.D. Proteomics and sperm competition, University of Liverpool (iCASE studentship with Genus plc)
In 2015, Helen has started her first postdoctoral position, working on sperm competition in insects, in Sweden.

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Mandy Peffers (2009-2012)
  • 1991 University of Leeds Animal Science BSc (Hons)
  • 1995 Royal Veterinary College, Unversity of London (B.Vet.Med)
  • 1995-1997 Glasgow University intern in veterinary reproduction
  • 1997-2007 worked for Genus Breeding (worlds largest cattle breeding company) undertaking bovine embryo transfer, embryo sexing, IVF
  • 2008-2009 Wellcome Veterinary Fellowship entry level at the University of Liverpool - Effect of hyperosmotic loading on SOX9 expression in human and equine chondrocytes
2009 - present Wellcome Integrated Veterinary Fellowship (6 years) at the University of Liverpool - The development of a cartilage degradome QconCAT to quantify cartilage degradation.

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Jen Platt-Skerry (2007-2011)
  • B.Sc. Medical Microbiology, University of Leeds
  • Ph.D. Proteomics and scent signalling in rodents, University of Liverpool

In 2012, Jen embarked on a career in science teaching. She is currently teaching at Winstanley College, and is also, a regional STEM co-ordinator. In 2015, we in CPR set up a series of activities with Winstanley College, through Jen, to build new links.

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Gemma Molyneux (2006-2011)

  • B.Sc. Pharmaceutical and Chemical Science, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Ph.D. Positional proteomics for high efficiency plasma proteomics, University of Liverpool

2012-present. Gemma has been a postdoctoral research assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She has developed a discovery proteomic pipeline to investigate the molecular basis of the symbiotic relationship between the parasitic nematode Brugia malayi, a causative agent of lymphatic filariasis, and its bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia.

In 2016, Gemma will start a new job with Waters in Wilmslow.

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Rowan Moore (2004-2007)
  • B.Sc. Writtle College
  • Ph.D. Biomarkers of ragwort toxicity. University of Liverpool

In 2009, Rowan joined Waters as a small molecule LCMS specialist. As of 2015, she is Team Manager Europe North HRMS SSG at Waters. In 2015, Rowan left Waters to start a new job as Pharma & Biopharma Vertical Marketing Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Jenny Rivers (2004-2008)

  • B.Sc. Bioveterinary Science, University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. Quantitative proteomics, University of Liverpool
  • KTP Postdoctoral Associate, University of Liverpool

Since 2010, Jenny has been working in business development and more recently, as Research and KE Manager at the University of Liverpool. In 2016 Jenny left Liverpool to take on a new role as Associate Director of Research, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

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Lucy Fernandes (2002-2008)

  • B.Sc. Applied Biochemistry, University of Liverpool
  • M.Sc. Bioinformatics, University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. Positional Proteomics: Advanced Strategies for Targeted Proteome Simplification, University of Liverpool

In 2009, Lucy joined Waters as the European Business Development Manager for Metabolite Identification. As of 2014, she is the Biopharmaceutical Marketing Manager for Europe and India. In 2016, she has the role of Applications Chemist (Large Molecule).

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Rebecca Cummings (2008-2012)

  • B.Sc. Bioveterinary Science, University of Liverpool
  • Ph.D. “Development and Application of Quantitative Methods in Proteomics”, University of Liverpool

In 2013, Beccy took up a role at Cancer Research UK on the Stratified Medicine Programme. She manages the NHS and academic laboratory staff that perform the genetic analysis, and manage the development, procurement and implementation of the 28 gene NGS platform between the panel provider and the labs.

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Stuart Armstrong (2001-2009)

  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ph.D. Rodent semio-proteomics, University of Liverpool

In 2010, Stu…

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Ian Edwards (2003-2007)

  • B.Sc. Molecular Biology, University of Manchester
  • M.Sc. Physical methods for bioanalysis, UMIST
  • Ph.D. Proteome dynamics, University of Liverpool

In 2008, Ian joined Waters in Analytical Instrumentation Sales & Marketing. He is currently Health Sciences Business Development Manager, Omics. Europe & India, Waters Corporation.