Peter Shepherd talks about recent developments in the Biochemical Journal. Peter Shepherd received his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at Massey University in New Zealand in 1983, and his PhD from the same university in 1989. He then moved to the USA to carry out postdoctoral research in Professor Barbara Kahn's laboratory at Harvard Medical School working on the mechanisms involved in insulin-stimulated glucose transport. In 1992, he moved to a fellowship at Cambridge University where he worked on understanding the role of phosphoinositide 3-kinase in insulin signalling. In 1996, he was appointed to a lectureship at University College London, where he continued his studies of insulin signalling pathways. He was awarded a personal chair at UCL in 2003 and in 2004 was appointed Professor of Cellular Signalling at the University of Auckland. His current research focuses on the signal transduction pathways mediated by lipid kinases and also on how metabolites such as glucose impact on these signalling pathways.
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