Akane completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry (MChem) at Oxford. She obtained her D.Phil in Pharmacology in Professor Edith Sim’s group (Oxford) focusing on the biochemistry of xenobiotic metabolism and small molecule interactions of Phase II drug metabolizing enzymes. She then spent three years in industry as a senior biologist, where she led multiple drug discovery projects across a wide number of therapeutic areas. In 2009 she returned to academia and joined Professor Chris Schofield’s group. During this time she worked on developing chemical probes for epigenetic targets in collaboration with the Structural Genomics Consortium. In July 2012 she was appointed as a BHF CRE Senior Fellow in Department of Chemistry and Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine. She was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, which commenced in January 2013.
Akane is a member of the management committee of COST(European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CM1406 on Epigenetic Chemical Biology (EPICHEM), which aims to establish the first European chemical biology network focused on epigenetics.
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