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Dr Georgia Carson

Georgia received her PhD from the University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand, working under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr. Melanie McConnell and Professor Mike Berridge. The main aim of her PhD was developing and validating molecular methods to identify mitochondrial transfer amongst leukaemic and non-leukaemic cells in a murine bone marrow model. She assembled a technique that would detect this transfer at a rare level, and identified cases of mitochondria moving between cells of the bone marrow in vivo.

Dr Carson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cancer Cell Biology group, led by Professor Mike Berridge.

 


Research interests

Cancer cells are known to alter their metabolism, changing the balance between mitochondrial and glycolytic production of ATP to allow them to better survive and metastasise. Previous work in our lab revealed that cells lacking mitochondrial DNA were unable to respire and form tumours unless they acquired mitochondria with mitochondrial DNA from normal cells (via mitochondrial transfer), although mitochondrial ATP generation was not necessary for tumour formation. In my current project, I am interested in investigating what signals drive this mitochondrial transfer, what immune responses are involved, and whether mitochondrial ATP is required for metastasis. I am also working on developing a mitochondrial gene expression based assay for Parkinson’s disease.

Research group

Cancer Cell Biology Group
Research Group Leader: Professor Mike Berridge
Senior Research Fellow: Dr Patries Herst
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioinformatics: Dr David Eccles
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Dr Georgia Carson
PhD Students: Rebecca Dawson
National Collaborators: Dr Andrew Muncaski
Dr Melanie McConnell
Dr Robert Weinkove
International Collaborators: Professor Jiri Neuzil
Dr Lanfeng Dong
Professor Justin St John
Stepána Boukalová