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James Cantley

PhD, MSc, DIC, BSc (Hons)


RD Lawrence Fellow

Biography

I am an RD Lawrence Fellow, funded by Diabetes UK, a Research Fellow at Wolfson College and a Lecturer in Medicine at Christ Church. My current research interests revolve around the beta cell: how insulin secretory capacity is matched to demand during health and obesity, and how this fails during type 2 diabetes. 

I collaborate with several other research groups including Prof. Heidi De Wet (DPAG), Prof. Helen Christian (DPAG), Dr. Reshma Ramracheya and Prof. Patrik Rorsman (OCDEM, Oxford).

I undertook my doctoral studies in the lab of Prof. Dominic Withers at University College London, where I investigated the molecular control of beta cell function by oxygen sensing and insulin signalling pathways. I received my PhD in 2007 and went on to a postdoctoral position at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, where I worked in the lab of Prof. Trevor Biden, and developed my interests in lipid signalling processes in the beta cell. Whilst in Australia I held two consecutive postdoctoral fellowships enabling me to develop my own research direction. I returned to the UK in 2013 to take up my current position as group leader within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford.