Steve Winder graduated in applied biology from Brunel University in 1984, and went on to carry out a Ph.D. degree on mammary epithelial cell development at the National Institute for Research in Dairying in Reading under the supervision of Isabel Forsyth. From there, in 1988 he was lured to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and spent an extended period as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, working simultaneously on calponin and smooth muscle regulation at Mike Walsh’s laboratory, University of Calgary. Another postdoctoral period followed in 1992 with Jake Kendrick-Jones at the MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, carrying out structure-function analysis of dystrophin and utrophin. Winder was then awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship, and set up his own group at the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, during 1995–1999, where he further studied utrophin and its transmembrane receptor dystroglycan. From there, he moved to the University of Glasgow, and received the Award of MRC Career Establishment Grant to continue work on dystroglycan and cell signaling. He then joined the Department of Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield as a Reader in 2003, and was promoted to a Personal Chair as a Professor of molecular cell biology in 2005. Winder continues to work on various aspects of actin binding protein structure/function and regulation but also with a major emphasis on the lab of understanding the role of the ubiquitous laminin adhesion receptor dystroglycan in cell signaling in health and disease.
Biography Updated on 23 June 2008