Enzymology: A Whistle-Stop Tour of GOSH Pathology
Derek Burke |
In this laboratory, industry-funded posts complement our research. One of our staff members, Jonathan Lambert, has just finished a PhD on Fabry disease – both the diagnosis and the disease mechanism – that was funded jointly by his academic institution and by an industry partner. Now, another industry organization has provided two years of funding for him to set up an enzyme assay for asparaginase, which will be used in leukemia for treatment efficacy monitoring. We never expected this laboratory to be working on leukemia – but because we do enzymology so well, the company wanted to recruit one of our enzymologists. And we benefit as well: when Jonathan’s grant finishes next year, his assay may be rolled out into the NHS as a diagnostic or monitoring test for leukemia patients. It’s a good relationship.
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