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Gemma Atkinson

Assistant professor who studies the functional evolution of proteins that interact with the ribosome, and that are involved in antibiotic resistance and response to stress.

Works at

Affiliation
Assistant professor at Department of Molecular Biology Units: Group Gemma Atkinson
Location
6K och 6L, Sjukhusområdet Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

The focus of our research is the evolution of protein function and structure. We’re interested in how evolutionary analyses can be combined with experimental research to reconstruct functional evolution of proteins, and to generate testable hypotheses about unknown aspects of protein function.

Ongoing projects in the group:

  • Evolution and function of ABCF translation and antibiotic resistance factors in eukaryotes and bacteria
  • Functional diversity of small alarmone (ppGpp) synthetases in bacteria and bacteriophages
  • Analysis of ribosome profiling data to elucidate the in vivo role of yeast translation factors
  • Prediction and verification of novel toxin-antitoxin systems
  • Development of bioinformatics tools for comparative evolutionary sequence analysis

Please visit our website for more information about my research group and ongoing projects: https://atkinson-lab.com

2019
Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group 2019, Vol. 9
Kasari, Villu; Margus, Tonu; Atkinson, Gemma C.; et al.
2019
Nucleic Acids Research, Oxford University Press 2019, Vol. 47, (16) : 8807-8820
Kasari, Villu; Pochopien, Agnieszka A.; Margus, Tonu; et al.
2019
Journal of Molecular Biology, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 431, (18) : 3568-3590
Murina, Victoriia; Kasari, Marje; Takada, Hiraku; et al.
2018
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, National Academy of Sciences 2018, Vol. 115, (36) : 8978-8983
Crowe-McAuliffe, Caillan; Graf, Michael; Huter, Paul; et al.
2018
Nucleic Acids Research, Oxford University Press 2018, Vol. 46, (7) : 3753-3763
Murina, Victoriia; Kasari, Marje; Hauryliuk, Vasili; et al.
2017
RNA Biology, Taylor & Francis 2017, Vol. 14, (12) : 1695-1699
Hauryliuk, Vasili; Atkinson, Gemma C.
2015
Nature Reviews Microbiology, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2015, Vol. 13, (5) : 298-309
Hauryliuk, Vasili; Atkinson, Gemma C.; Murakami, Katsuhiko S.; et al.
2014
BMC Evolutionary Biology, Vol. 14 : 35-
Atkinson, Gemma C.; Kuzmenko, Anton; Chicherin, Ivan; et al.
2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, National Academy of Sciences 2014, Vol. 111, (27) : 9804-9809
Sothiselvam, Shanmugapriya; Liu, Bo; Han, Wei; et al.
2014
Nucleic Acids Research, Oxford University Press 2014, Vol. 42, (16) : 10711-10719
Starosta, Agata L.; Lassak, Jürgen; Peil, Lauri; et al.
2014
Cell reports, Cell Press 2014, Vol. 9, (2) : 476-483
Starosta, Agata L; Lassak, Jürgen; Peil, Lauri; et al.

Research groups

Head of research
Gemma Atkinson group