On the 2nd May, we celebrated Dr. Jeff McIlhinney’s retirement from the Unit with an afternoon of talks, including some from Jeff's previous post-docs, collaborators and students. The talks were light-hearted experiences on working with Jeff.
Jeff joined the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit at the Department of Pharmacology in 1986. His research has concentrated on the study of the structure, synthesis, cell-surface targeting and trafficking of neurotransmitter receptors in the central nervous system. This has involved meticulous study of the assembly and intracellular trafficking of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) class of ionotropic glutamate receptors, as well as the role of dimerization and interacting proteins on the cell-surface expression and neuronal trafficking of metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs). Jeff's group also collaborated with Glaxo-Wellcome on the role of interacting proteins in the intracellular trafficking and signalling of GABA-B receptors.
Jeff delivered 28 years of outstanding service as a scientist, mentor and collaborator, and will be greatly missed by everyone in the Unit. We wish him a long and happy retirement!
Mr Viktor Kis has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s laboratory for a month long visit to collaborate with Dr. Ruth Faram, who just completed her DPhil with Dr. Jeff McIlhinney on the Copine-6 enriched interneurons of the forebrain.
Vikor has recently completed a Masters degree at the Department of Anatomy, Cell- and Developmental Biology Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest, and is in the final stages of preparing his PhD thesis. He gave a seminar earlier in the Unit on the structure of the Drosophila brain.
Ruth has joined Jeff McIlhinney's lab as an MRC-funded DPhil student. Ruth holds a BSc in Neuroscience from UCL, where she carried out her final year dissertation at the Institute of Neurology, concentrating on the role of microglial activation in neuroinflammatory disease. Last year Ruth successfully completed the MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where she initially joined Jeff's lab in order to carry out her thesis on the expression and distribution of Copine-6 in brain during development.