Leanna Smith


Leanna SmithA final year student in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (supervised by Dr Ralf Schmid), Leanna is participating in the BBSRC Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP). In addition, she is a Visiting Research Student at The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology (University of Leeds), co-supervised by Professor Richard Bayliss. Her research focuses on understanding the structure and function of proteins involved in regulating cell division using a combination of computational and lab-based approaches.

Whilst undertaking a Dual Honours degree in Biochemistry with Biology at Keele University, Leanna participated in a Biochemical Society Summer Vacation Studentship at the Keele Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM, supervisor: Dr Mark Skidmore); investigating the coagulation activities of heparin-based antimalarials. In addition, Leanna trained within the group of Dr Salah Mécheri (Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions, Institut Pasteur) during an ERASMUS placement. Prior to her current training, she participated in a rotation project within the lab of Dr Steve Royle (Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology, University of Warwick), investigating microtubule crosslinking proteins in kinetochore fibers.

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