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Dr Smija Kurian

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Geoffrey Pope 2nd Floor


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK

 Office hours:

Monday to Friday


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the group of Dr. Joe Costello. I study the role of organelle contact sites between Peroxisomes, Mitochondria and Endoplasmic Reticulum in Redox signaling in the cell. The implications of cargo transport disruption between these organelles through these contact sites have been less explored especially in relation to disease conditions. A combination of advanced molecular biology tools with microscopy techniques are used in this study to unravel the intracellular dynamics of organelle communication.


2012 - 2016, PhD Cell Biology, University of Manchester

2008 - 2009, MSc Biotechnology, University of Abertay Dundee

2005 – 2008, BSc Biotechnology and Botany, Mahatma Gandhi University, India


Jan 2020 – present, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter

July 2020 – Dec 2020, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Centre, Philadelphia, USA

Sep 2018 – June 2020, Research Specialist III, Sidra Medicine, Qatar

Aug 2010 – Dec 2011, Research Technician, University of Edinburgh


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