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Dr Francesca Mackenzie

Lecturer in Physiology and Pharmacology

About

I obtained my PhD from University of Oxford and MRC Harwell Mammalian Genetics Uni in 2001, where I worked on the genetics and pathophysiology of deafness. I then researched neuromuscular biology at MRC Harwell and neuronal development, regeneration and degeneration at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology during my postdoctoral work.

I joined Kingston University in 2017 as lecturer in physiology/pharmacology with a specialism in neuroscience.

My research interests are in neuronal development and regeneration, particularly in the peripheral nervous system and in the eye.

Areas of specialism

  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental biology

Qualifications

  • 2017 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • 2006 DPhil (Oxon) Genetics, University of Oxford
  • 2001 BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, University of Bath

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Genetics Society, Local Representative

British Society for Developmental Biology, Member

UK Cell Adhesion Society, Member

Research

My research interests are in neuronal development and regeneration, particularly in the peripheral nervous system and in the eye.

Relevant publications

Cattin AL, Burden JJ, Van Emmenis L, Mackenzie FE et al. Macrophage-Induced Blood Vessels Guide Schwann Cell-Mediated Regeneration of Peripheral Nerves. Cell (2015).

Wiszniak S, Mackenzie FE, Anderson P, Kabbara S, Ruhrberg C, Schwarz Q. Neural crest cell-derived VEGF promotes embryonic jaw extension. PNAS (2015).

Mackenzie FE. & Ruhrberg, C. Diverse roles of VEGF-A in the nervous system. Development (2012).

Tillo M, Ruhrberg C, & Mackenzie, F. Emerging roles for semaphorins and VEGFs in synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity. Cell Adhesion and Migration (2012).

Mackenzie FE, et al. Upregulation of PKD1L2 provokes a complex neuromuscular disease in the mouse. Hum Mol Genet (2009)

Publications

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