Alyson MacInnes received her PhD in cell biology and a certificate in bioinformatics from Duke University (Durham, NC, USA) in 2004. Her graduate work focused on G protein-coupled receptor signaling and the role of ß-arrestin in the development of the zebrafish embryo. She was a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow and a Genentech Postdoctoral Fellow while at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA). Her postdoctoral studies focused on how the loss of ribosomal protein genes results in tumors in zebrafish. Following her postdoc she was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship to collaborate with the Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona, Spain) where she studied genes involved in asymmetrical (stem cell-like) cell proliferation. In 2008 she became a junior group leader at the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, Netherlands) where she is continuing to study mutations in genes involved in ribosome biogenesis and how these result in human disease.
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