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The Graham Lab - MRC Project Group

The project aims to elucidate the role of the atypical chemokine receptor ACKR2 during embryonic and adult development as well as in diseases such as cancer and virus infection.


Dr. Gillian Wilson

About Gill

"I am a Research Associate within the group working on the role of chemokines and their receptors in mammary gland development. In particular I am interested in chemokine directed positioning of immune cells and interactions between the stroma and epithelium in the mammary gland. This will provide key insights into our understanding of development but could also help us understand how inflammation is regulated and how breast cancers arise.  Previously I worked as a post doc with Prof Gordon Brown at the University of Aberdeen and completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh with Prof. Ross Fitzgerald and Prof. Ivan Morrison. In addition to science I am a big fan of running (very slowly), and dogs".

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Dr. Ayumi Suzuki

About Ayumi

Ayumi is a Research Associate in the CRG, currently funded by the MRC.

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Dr. Elise Pitmon 

About Elise

I joined the CRG in 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. I currently work on ACKR2 function in multiple contexts including embryonic macrophage development and B cell migration. I started scientific research at Williams College in 2016 where I studied dopaminergic neurons regulating sleep and grooming behavior in fruit flies. I then went on to gain my PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2020 with Prof. Kepeng Wang where I studied IL-17 signalling in autoimmune colitis and colorectal cancer. I enjoy bringing my diverse science background to my current research and I love collaborating with people in the group on projects. In my free time I enjoy hill walking and cuddling with my cats “The Dread Pirate Roberts” and “Maple Jean”.

Ph.D. Students

Lily Koumbas-Foley

About Lily

I am a third year PhD student working with Team MRC. My project is focused on the distribution of chemokines and their receptors across the developing embryo, with particular interest on the role of the atypical receptor ACKR2 during embryo growth. I completed my undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Glasgow in 2021 and joined the CRG a few months later. In my free time I enjoy reading and cycling and I also love to explore Scotland.


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