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  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

Gillian received her first degree in Genetics from the University of Glasgow, which incorporated an industrial work placement year in Astrazeneca, Cheshire. She then carried out her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London where she was involved in a multi-national collaborative study to identify novel genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Following the award of her doctorate (2005), she was awarded a fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust and moved to the University of Oxford to develop a new molecular method based on infectious bacterial artificial chromosomes (iBACs) that allowed the functional analyses of disease-associated genetic variation. She was then awarded a fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Society (2008) and moved to the University of Edinburgh to expand her research on Alzheimer’s disease candidate genes using the iBAC technology. In 2011, she initiated work on spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). She is primarily interested in identifying novel molecular mechanisms suitable for the development of therapeutic intervention and expanding the evidence for a multi-system involvement in SMA pathogenesis. She joined Glasgow Caledonian University as a Lecturer in 2015.

External positions

Member, Euan MacDonald Centre, University of Edinburgh

1 Aug 2015 → …

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Restoration of SMN in Schwann cells reverses myelination defects and improves neuromuscular function in spinal muscular atrophy

Hunter, G., Powis, R. A., Jones, R. A., Groen, E. J. N., Shorrock, H. K., Lane, F. M., Zheng, Y., Sherman, D. L., Brophy, P. J. & Gillingwater, T. H., 1 Jul 2016, In : Human Molecular Genetics. 25, 13, p. 2853-2861 9 p.

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    Systemic restoration of UBA1 ameliorates disease in spinal muscular atrophy

    Powis, R. A., Karyka, E., Boyd, P., Come, J., Jones, R. A., Zheng, Y., Szunyogova, E., Groen, E. J. N., Hunter, G., Thomson, D., Wishart, T. M., Becker, C. G., Parson, S. H., Martinat, C., Azzouz, M. & Gillingwater, T. H., 21 Jul 2016, In : JCI Insight. 1, 11, e87908.

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    Alleles that increase risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus are not associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's disease

    Proitsi, P., Lupton, M. K., Velayudhan, L., Hunter, G., Newhouse, S., Lin, K., Fogh, I., Tsolaki, M., Daniilidou, M., Pritchard, M., Craig, D., Todd, S., Johnston, J. A., McGuinness, B., Kloszewska, I., Soininen, H., Mecocci, P., Vellas, B., Passmore, P. A., Sims, R. & 6 others, Williams, J., Brayne, C., Stewart, R., Sham, P., Lovestone, S. & Powell, J. F., Dec 2014, In : Neurobiology of Aging. 35, 12, p. 2883.e3-2883.e10 8 p.

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  • Dysregulation of ubiquitin homeostasis and β-catenin signaling promote spinal muscular atrophy

    Wishart, T. M., Mutsaers, C. A., Reissland, M., Reimer, M. M., Hunter, G., Hannam, M. L., Eaton, S. L., Fuller, H. R., Roche, S. L., Somers, E., Morse, R., Young, P. J., Lamont, D. J., Hammerschmidt, M., Joshi, A., Hohenstein, P., Morris, G. E., Parson, S. H., Skehel, P. A., Becker, T. & 4 others, Robinson, I. M., Becker, C. G., Wirth, B. & Gillingwater, T. H., 3 Mar 2014, In : Journal of Clinical Investigation. 124, 4, p. 1821-1834 14 p.

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    Increased levels of UCHL1 are a compensatory response to disrupted ubiquitin homeostasis in spinal muscular atrophy and do not represent a viable therapeutic target

    Powis, R., Mutsaers, C., Wishart, T., Hunter, G., Wirth, B. & Gillingwater, T., Dec 2014, In : Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology. 40, 7, p. 873-887 15 p.

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