Dr James Wakefield
Associate Professor of Integrative Cellular Biology


My research interest has always been that of mitosis and cell division, stimulated by the fundamental beauty of the process as viewed using a fluorescence microscope, and its key role in diseases such as cancer. Cell division is orchestrated by two main microtubule (MT) based structures called the ‘spindle apparatus’ and the ‘central spindle’, which function at different times to co-ordinate this dynamic process. We want to understand how these systems organise themselves, and what governs the similarities and differences between them in diverse types of cell, at different stages of development, and during disease. In order to learn as much as possible, we take a multi-disciplinary approach, combining proteomics, bioinformatics and quantitative image analysis with qualitative, descriptive cell and developmental biology, and genetics. I am a member of the Cell Biology research group.


1999 PhD Wellcome/CRUK Institute for Cancer Research and Developmental Biology, University of Cambridge, UK
1995 BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, University of Bristol


2010-current Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter
2007-2009 Director, Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre, University of Oxford
2004-2007 Lecturer in Biology (Deputy Director) Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre, University of Oxford
2003–2004 Departmental Lecturer in Biology / Co-ordinator, MSc in Integrative Biosciences, University of Oxford
2000-2002 MRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol
1999-2000 EU TMR Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dipartmento di Genetica e Biologie Molecolare, University of Rome, Italy


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