Dr James Bancroft

I studied Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham. During my time at Birmingham I spent a summer studentship and third year project in the Franklin-Tong lab where I became fascinated with live cell imaging. After finishing my degree I joined the biological imaging team at Nikon UK where I spent 3 years as an area manager. I then undertook PhD in the McAinsh lab at the University of Warwick working on chromosome congression. After finishing my PhD I joined the Gruneberg as a Postdoctoral Researcher in January 2014.

My work in the Gruneberg lab focuses on the role of protein phosphatases in modulation of the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) as well as their role in controlling kinetochore-microtubule attachments with particular focus on PP1 and PP2. I employ a range techniques including cell culture, molecular biology and protein biochemistry but my main focus is on advanced live and fixed cell imaging. My aim is to improve our knowledge of the interplay of phosphatases and to elucidate the precise spatial temporal recruitment of different phosphatases to the kinetochore during mitosis.