Mr Chris Baxter
Graduate Research Assistant
Living Systems Institute S02.01
Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD
Chris graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Science, with a special focus on ex-situ botanical conservation. He started at the University of Exeter in 2012 as a technician in the Henry Wellcome centre for Biocatalysis and the Biosciences greenhouse. During this time, his focus shifted from botany to molecular biology and in 2015 he became the lab manager for the Biocatalysis centre before moving to the LSI as a lab manager.
Since 2018 Chris has been a graduate Research assistant for Dr. Ben Housden and studying for an MRes part time.
- BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
- Identification of novel combinatorial drug therapies to treat Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC).
- Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder affecting 1 in 6,000 births caused by a mutation in either of the TSC1 or TSC2 genes. Current treatments are not curative, only slowing growth of tumours. Using Drosophila cells and Variable Dose Analysis (VDA), a novel approach to genetic interaction screens developed by Dr. Ben Housden, we hope to find new drugs and drug combinations that kill TSC cells, while leaving other cells unaffected.