Christopher Proud


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1975 …2019
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Professor Chris Proud has held numerous positions as lecturer, reader or professor in universities in the UK, Germany and Canada.
At the University of Dundee (Scotland), alongside his duties as Head of the Division of Molecular Physiology, he also coordinated the Medical Research Council Nutrient Sensing & Signalling Research Group.
From 2005-2008, he was Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, where he continued his research into the molecular mechanisms that regulate protein synthesis. He also served as co-Director of that University’s Life Sciences Institute.
Chris worked at the University of Southampton from 2008 – 2014 where he led a substantial research team studying the mechanisms that control protein synthesis and ribosome biogenesis. He studied their roles in metabolic diseases such as diabetes, in cancer, in cardiovascular disorders, and in neurological processes.
He has supervised more than forty MSc or PhD students and almost fifty postdoctoral researchers.
In September 2014 Chris moved to Adelaide to take up the position of Theme Leader: Nutrition and Metabolism at the SAHMRI.
Chris is also a Professor in Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide.
Chris is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Biochemical Journal and f1000 Research. He holds a Visiting Professorship at China Ocean University in Qingdao.
His research at SAHMRI includes studies on the regulation of protein synthesis nutrients and hormones; cancer cell biology; and the molecular mechanisms involved in diet-induced inflammation, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Much of this research focuses on protein kinases that control the protein synthesis machinery, i.e., mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), eukaryotic elongation factor 2 kinase (eEF2K) and the MAP kinase-interacting kinases (MNKs).
Since 2016, he has also been Director of the Lysosomal Diseases Research Unit at SAHMRI (the LDRU). In 2019, Chris was appointed to the position of Theme Leader: Lifelong Health at SAHMRI.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Bristol

University of Dundee

External positions

Visiting Professor, Ocean University of China

Professor in Molecular and Biomedical Science, University of Adelaide

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Research Output 1975 2019

Ablation of elongation factor 2 kinase enhances heat-shock protein 90 chaperone expression and protects cells under proteotoxic stress

Xie, J., Van Damme, P., Fang, D. & Proud, C., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Biological Chemistry. 294, 18, p. 7169-7176 8 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Design, synthesis and activity of Mnk1 and Mnk2 selective inhibitors containing thieno[2,3-d]pyrimidine scaffold

Jin, X., Merrett, J., Tong, S., Flower, B., Xie, J., Yu, R., Tian, S., Gao, L., Zhao, J., Wang, X., Jiang, T. & Proud, C., 15 Jan 2019, In : European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 162, p. 735-751 17 p.

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Eukaryotic elongation factor 2 kinase promotes angiogenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma via PI3K/Akt and STAT3

Zhou, Y., Li, Y., Xu, S., Lu, J., Zhu, Z., Chen, S., Tan, Y., He, P., Xu, J., Proud, C., Xie, J. & Shen, K., 8 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Cancer.

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14 Citations (Scopus)

Phosphorylation and signal transduction pathways in translational control

Proud, C., 1 Jul 2019, In : Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology. 11, 7, a033050.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Regulation of the Elongation Phase of Protein Synthesis Enhances Translation Accuracy and Modulates Lifespan

Xie, J., de Souza Alves, V., von der Haar, T., O'Keefe, L., Lenchine, R. V., Jensen, K. B., Liu, R., Coldwell, M. J., Wang, X. & Proud, C. G., 4 Feb 2019, In : Current Biology. 29, 5

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