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Area of academic expertise - outline

The majority of my research experience and training has been in the area of cellular and molecular biology, specifically looking at haemopoietic diseases such as leukaemia and the effect of ageing on the cells of the immune system. I have many years experience in using cell models of disease to analyse the effects on growth factors, signalling pathways and gene expression profiles using techniques such as stem cell differentiation, proteomic analysis and molecular genetics techniques including transcriptome analysis and real-time PCR.

Current research activities

I am currently focused on projects examining how changes in gene expression profiles are involved in the pathogeneiss and progression of myeloproliferative neoplasms and myeloid leukamia. This is part of a collaborative body of work with researchers at the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow. Examples of current projects include investigating the role of the Wnt pathway in leukaemia and specifically how changes to this signalling network manifest themselves in altered expression of downstream transcription factors such as LEF1, TCF3,4 & 7. Current projects are also investigating how isoform specific expression of transcription factors regulates progression of myeloid leukaemia.

Desired research direction

My experience in using cell systems as disease models combined with advances in technology has given much greater capacity to quantify the changes that occur within the cell in processes such as gene expression and protein phosphorylation. The amount of data able to be generated within a short timeframe has increased exponentially in the past few years and has presented challenges associated with the ability to analyse and interpret the results obtained. I am currently working to increase my skills and training to allow a more bioinformatic approach to my research which should enable a more in-depth understanding of disease processes.

Target collaborative organisations

University of Glasgow

Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, Glasgow


Target collaborative companies


Stem Cell Technologies

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Research Output

  • 7 Article
  • 2 Meeting Abstract

SENIEUR status of the originating cell donor negates certain 'anti-immunosenescence' effects of ebselen and N-acetyl cysteine in human T cell clone cultures

Marthandan, S., Freeburn, R., Steinbrecht, S., Pawelec, G. & Barnett, Y., 30 Nov 2014, In : Immunity & Ageing. 11, 17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Canonical Wnt Signaling Promotes Early Hematopoietic Progenitor Formation and Erythroid Specification during Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation

Tarafdar, A., Dobbin, E., Corrigan, P., Freeburn, R. & Wheadon, H., 26 Nov 2013, In : PLoS ONE. 8, 11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
13 Citations (Scopus)

PAR-2 activation inhibits human osteoclast differentiation

McGavin, L., Freeburn, R., Crilly, A., Ferrell, W. R., Goodyear, C. S. & Lockhart, J. C., Sep 2012, In : Immunology. 137, S1, p. 231-231

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Differential Hox Expression in Murine Embryonic Stem Cell Models of Normal and Malignant Hematopoiesis

Wheadon, H., Ramsey, J. M., Dobbin, E., Dickson, G. J., Corrigan, P. M., Freeburn, R. W. & Thompson, A., Aug 2011, In : Stem Cells and Development. 20, 8, p. 1465-1476

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)


Freeburn, R., Dobbin, E., Corrigan, P., Quinn, M. & Catherwood, M., Jun 2011, In : Haematologica. 96, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract


  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

UWS Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2018

Robin Freeburn (Chair)

27 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course