Jennifer Greaves, PhD


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    Dr Jennifer Greaves is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in the Centre for Sports, Exercise and Life Sciences. 

    Dr Greaves completed a BSc in Biochemistry with honours and MRes in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD at the University of Glasgow identified how protein-membrane interactions of soluble S-acylated proteins are regulated by zDHHC S-acylating enzymes.

    Her postdoctoral studies at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde with Professor Luke Chamberlain included collaborations on a variety of interdisciplinary projects as well as time at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA, as a visiting scientist on a fellowship supported by Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) and Tenovus Scotland. In 2020, she was awarded an Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award to investigate the function and substrate interaction network of ABHD16A, a novel regulator of protein S-acylation.

    Research Interests

    Dr Greaves’ research uses a combination of cellular, molecular and chemical-biology techniques to investigate how the metabolic serine hydrolase enzymes regulate the posttranslational protein-lipid modification S-acylation (palmitoylation).

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Doctorate, Palmitoylation and membrane interactions of Cysteine String Protein, University of Glasgow

    1 Nov 200331 Oct 2007

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

    Molecular Cell Biology , MSc, University of Edinburgh

    1 Mar 200128 Feb 2003

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

    Biochemistry, Degree, University of Edinburgh

    1 Oct 199630 Jun 2000

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

    External positions

    Programme Coordinator, Lipidation in Cell Biology and Disease conference, Biochemical Society

    14 Sept 202116 Sept 2021

    Scientific Outreach Grant Reviewer, Biochemical Society

    1 Sept 2019 → …

    Editorial Board Member, PLoS One

    1 Sept 2018 → …


    • Q Science (General)
    • Palmitoylation
    • S-acylation
    • Acyl Protein Thioesterase


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