Dr. Karen L. Wright, New Visiting Professor Appointment
Dr. Karen L Wright, Lecturer and Director of Studies for Biochemistry and Placements Officer, Faculty of Health and Medicine Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Lancaster University, Lancaster to a Visiting Professor Appointment, from 7th March to 17th April 2017, to work in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Wright is on sabbatical from her position in the UK.
Dr. Wright's research spans the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the cannabinoid system in gastrointestinal epithelium to the translational aspects of realizing the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in diseases such as Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and colorectal cancer. Existing projects include intestinal barrier and permeability studies.
She is currently developing a new model of intestinal tissue culture that takes into account physiological levels of oxygen and energy sources, in partnership with GI physicians, surgeons and pathologists at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and involves patients and human volunteers.
Dr. Wright will bring new expertise to the Department and will initiate new collaborations that can continue when she return to the UK.