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miRStress Brookes

Laura Ann Mulcahy

PhD student (September 2012-present)

Room S3.07

Research Interests:

Exosomes, intercellular communication, cell culture, western blotting.


Since September 2012 I have been researching the role of exosomes in intracellular communication at Oxford Brookes University. I have developed skills in molecular biology, particularly: Western blotting, confocal microscopy, protein extraction and cell culture. My PhD is funded by Nigel Groome research studentship. Prior to researching at Brookes I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with BSc Biomedical Sciences. I also completed a 12 month industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline where I worked in the drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics department.

Since I started my PhD I have begun running in my spare time to keep fit. So far I have completed Swansea Bay 10k (Sep 2013), Lincoln 10k (Apr 2014), Oxford Town and Gown 10k (May 2014) and I plan to run Swansea Bay 10k again this September. Through running 10k races I have raised £259.00 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and £120 for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. I plan to run Swansea Bay 10k this year to raise money for Leukaemia Cancer Society.


2010-2011 - Industrial placement in Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics at GlaxoSmithKline, Ware, Hertfordshire.

2008-2012 - BSc at the Sheffield Hallam University, reading Biomedical Science.


Mulcahy LA, Pink RC, Carter DR. 2014. Routes and mechanisms of extracellular vesicle uptake.Journal of Extracellular Vesicles.

Jacobs, L. A., Bewicke-Copley, F., Poolman, M. G., Pink, R. C., Mulcahy, L. A., Baker, I.Beaman EM, Brooks T, Caley DP, Cowling W, Currie JMS, Horsburgh J, Kenehan L, Keyes E, Leite D, Massa D, McDermott-Rouse A, Samuel P, Wood H, Kadhim M, Carter DRF. (2013). Meta-analysis using a novel database, miRStress, reveals miRNAs that are frequently associated with the radiation and hypoxia stress-responses. PLoS One 8 (11), p.e80844.

Mulcahy, L. A. and Carter, D. R. (2013). RNAi2013: RNAi at Oxford. J RNAi Gene Silencing 9, pp.486- 489.