Mary is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Postgraduate Research Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands where her primary activity is in respect of support for the student experience and also external liaison and representation work in respect of, and on behalf of, PGR students’ interests in and across the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Mary's research is focused on the application of mass spectrometry to fundamental problems of biological and biomedical relevance. She has developed novel proteomic methods to measure the turnover of individual proteins in cellular and animal systems.She is currently using these strategies to study protein degradation pathways in fields as diverse as cardiovascular science and aquaculture.
Mary received her PhD in the area of enzyme kinetics from the University of Edinburgh after which she took up a postdoctoral position at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. On her return to the UK she worked at the University of Liverpool, where she was awarded a RCUK Academic Fellowship in the area of cell signalling in health and disease. In 2010, she moved to the University of the Highlands and Islands where she has extended her research interests to include lipidomics.
Having studied at one of Scotland’s oldest universities she now works at Scotland’s newest university. This has given her a unique perspective of the challenges and opportunities that are present in both established and developing institutions.
Working Groups: Computing in Schools; Industry Working Group