Saurin, Adrian


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Adrian graduated with first class honours from the University of Leeds in 1997 before moving to London to study for a PhD at Kings College in Professor Michael Marber’s laboratory at the Department of Cardiology. Following his PhD, Adrian moved to the Protein Phosphorylation laboratory at CRUK’s London Research Institute (headed by Professor Peter Parker), where he first became fascinated by the process of cell division. He subsequently moved to UMC Utrecht, in The Netherlands, to study the role of protein kinases during mitosis in the lab of Professor Geert Kops. Adrian relocated back to the UK in March 2013 to set up his own lab in Dundee studying the spatial regulation of mitotic signalling networks.


I currently teach on the Cancer Biology modules for 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students. I also teach on the MRes and MSci postgraduate courses.


In the lab we address fundamental questions about chromosome segregation in an effort to understand why this process goes wrong so frequently in tumour cells. We also focus on some basic cell signalling concepts that have widespread implications outside of cell division. In particular, we aim to uncover how kinases and phosphatases work together to control signal responses. This is important because this "signal integration" allows binary switch like responses to control complex biological outputs.

We use a range of approaches to tackle these problems, including quantitiative cell biology, synthetic biology, biochemistry and computation modelling. However, much of our day to day work involves single cell assays and microscopy: Seeing is believing.

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  • Q Science (General)
  • Kinase
  • Phosphatase
  • signal transduction
  • mitosis
  • cell biology
  • cell cycle
  • Cell Signalling
  • Cancer Biology
  • cancer research

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 1999 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
95 Downloads (Pure)

Division of labour between PP2A-B56 isoforms at the centromere and kinetochore

Vallardi, G., Allan, L., Crozier, L. & Saurin, A. T., 4 Mar 2019, In : eLife. 8, p. 1-25 25 p., e42619.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Protein Isoforms
M Phase Cell Cycle Checkpoints
1 Citation (Scopus)
35 Downloads (Pure)

PP1 and PP2A use opposite phospho-dependencies to control distinct processes at the kinetochore

Smith, R., Henriques Cordeiro, M., Davey, N. E., Vallardi, G., Ciliberto, A., Gross, F. & Saurin, A., 20 Aug 2019, In : Cell Reports. 28, 8, p. 2206-2219.e8 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases
Behavior Control
Phosphoprotein Phosphatases

The enemy within: Designing a cell-based gameplay system for cancer education

Sloan, R. J. S. & Saurin, A., 17 Oct 2019, CHI PLAY '19: Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 117-123 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

87 Citations (Scopus)
123 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Chromosomal Instability
Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases
108 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

Activities 2013 2019

  • 9 Invited talk

Cell Cycle Meeting (Trieste, Italy)

Adrian Saurin (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Molecular Mechanisms of Mitosis (HBIGS Winter School)

Adrian Saurin (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Dynamic Kinetochore Workshop (Paris, France)

Adrian Saurin (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Mechanisms & Models of Cancer. Cold Spring Harbor (New York, US).

Adrian Saurin (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

EMBO Dynamic Kinetochore Workshop (Edinburgh, UK).

Adrian Saurin (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Dundee University cancer cell research funding boost

Adrian Saurin


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research


PP2A-B56 isoform specificity at the centromere and kinetochore

Author: Vallardi, G., 2018

Supervisor: Saurin, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy