Professor Evan Reid
Evan Reid has been a Fellow at St. Edmund’s since 2010. He graduated in Medicine from Glasgow University in 1991. After qualifying as a doctor he completed the MRCP in adult medicine, before undergoing specialist training in Medical Genetics, first in Glasgow, then in Cambridge. He obtained a PhD in Medical Genetics from Cambridge University in 2001. After this he held a Lectureship/Honorary Consultant post in Medical Genetics at Cambridge until 2004, before becoming first a Wellcome Trust Advanced Fellow and then, in 2008, a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science. In 2014 he was appointed to a University Lecturer position in the Department of Medical Genetics and in 2019 to a Readership in Neurogenetics and Molecular Neurobiology. Since 1995 his research has been focused on the hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs), genetic conditions in which the corticospinal tract motor neuron axons degenerate. This research has evolved from gene mapping and identification studies to concentrate on cell biological studies, particularly in the role of HSP proteins in membrane traffic. The overall aims of his research are to understand the normal function of selected HSP proteins, to determine how abnormality of these functions leads to the disease, and to use this knowledge to rationally design new therapeutic strategies for the disorder.