Catherine Wilson

Dr Catherine Wilson


  • Position Governing Body Fellows
  • School Biological Sciences
  • Department Pharmacology
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  • Department link Pharmacology
  • Phone number +44 (0) 1233 339 682

Cathy Wilson is a Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacology. Her research explores the use of cancer genes to develop novel regenerative therapies.

Catherine Wilson

After obtaining her PhD under the supervision of Professors Julian Sampson and Jeremy Cheadle in the Department of Medical Genetics in Cardiff University, Catherine moved to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to work with Dr David Adams. Catherine spent four years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sanger Institute and then moved the Department of Biochemistry in the University of Cambridge to work with Professor Gerard Evan. In October 2019, Catherine was appointed as a University Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge.

Catherine's work focuses on the highly pleiotropic cancer gene Myc. Myc is deregulated in the majority of cancers and plays a critical role in the progression and maintenance of tumours. To aid understanding of how Myc mediates tumour progression, Catherine has developed switchable genetic models to assess the molecular and pathological effects of switching oncogenes on and off. The insights from Catherine's work have been fundamental to understanding the forces controlling cell replication in a deregulated cancer setting. Recent findings have opened up the exciting prospect of developing novel regenerative therapeutic approaches in normally non-regenerative tissues such as the heart. 

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Thinking Against Babylon, One Beat at a Time: Black Music as Radical, De-colonial Epistemology

29/11/2022 at 17.30

What is radical and de-colonial about Black music as an instrument for radical thought? 

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Wolfson in Singapore

29/11/2022 at 19.00

Join Sian Cook, Director of Networks, for our Wolfson in Singapore events

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Music and Madeira: Festive Fun with Cambridge University Brass Band

29/11/2022 at 21.00

A recital following Formal Hall with the Cambridge University Brass Band performing seasonal music.

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Sustainability Thinking Space

30/11/2022 at 17.30

A free, interactive sustainability education and thinking space open to all Wolfson members, providing a guided space to develop your sustainability thinking, action and development.

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Science Student Research Series

02/12/2022 at 17.45

Join the Science Society for their new Science Student Research Series: friendly and engaging talks given by PhD students from Wolfson College about their research.