Helen McRobie

Helen McRobie

Senior Lecturer

Office: OPT 028
Tel: 0845 196 5083
Email: helen.mcrobie@anglia.ac.uk

Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Teaching

Module Leader
Principles of Genetics

Other modules
Foundation Biology
Core Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Preparation for Research
Laboratory Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences
Undergraduate Research Project

Research interests

  • Pharmacological characterisation of the MC1R in the melanistic and wild-type grey squirrel.
  • The genetic basis of melanism in the grey, fox, red and palm squirrels. (The Black Squirrel Project website)
  • Pleiotropy of the MC1R gene.
  • Genetic diversity of the grey squirrel as an invasive species in Great Britain.

Media work

Television
BBC 1 The One Show
BBC 1 Inside Out
BBC 2 Countryfile
BBC 2 Country Tracks
BBC 1 Breakfast
BBC 1 Look East
ITV Anglia News
Channel 4 Foxes Live: Wild in the City
Newsround

Radio
BBC 4 Material World
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, West Midlands, 3 Counties (Beds, Bucks, Herts)
BBC Radio Five Live

Black Squirrels
Black Fox
Material World podcast

Publications

McRobie, H., King L., Symmons M., Fanutti C., and Coussons, P. Agouti signalling protein is an inverse agonist to the wildtype and agonist to the melanic variant of the melanocortin- 1 receptor in the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). In review.

McRobie, H.
, King, L., Fanutti, C., Coussons, P., Moncrief, N., and Thomas, A. (2014). Melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene sequence variation and melanism in the grey (Sciurus carolinensis), fox (Sciurus niger) and red (Sciurus vulgaris) squirrel Journal of Heredity. Doi: 10.1093/jhered/esu006.

McRobie, H.
, King, L., Symmons, M., Fanutti, C., and Coussons, P. (2013). An Eight Amino Acid Deletion in the Melanocortin-1 Receptor Leads to a Constitutively Active Receptor in the Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Biochemical Society, York, UK.

McRobie, H. Fanutti, C., Symmons, M., and Coussons, P. (2012). A Model of the Deletion Mutant of Melanocortin 1 Receptor (MC1RD24) Derived from a Melanic Form of the Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Biochemical Society, Prato, Italy.

McRobie, H.
(2012). Black Squirrels: Genetics and Distribution. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 106 (2), pp 137-141.
McRobie, H., Thomas, A., Kelly, J. (2009). The genetic basis of melanism in the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Journal of Heredity,100(6), pp709-714.
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