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Personal Statement

Gwyn did his undergraduate Biochemistry degree at the University of Southampton. He followed this with a PhD at the same institution with Professor Tony Lee on the biophysics and membrane protein/lipid interactions, graduating in 1986. He then moved to Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, working with Professor Gustav E. Lienhard, where he began his interest in glucose transport. He moved to the University of Glasgow in 1989 developing his interest in the structure and function of glucose transporters and the cell biology of membrane trafficking. He and his laboratory moved to SIPBS in October 2019.

Studies in Gwyn’s group seek to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms which regulate glucose transport in adipocytes, cardiomyocytes and skeletal muscle. Studies focus upon identifying the molecular machinery that control GLUT4 function, defining how this machinery interacts with the insulin signalling system, and defining how these processes are impaired in disease.

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Research Interests

A major consequence of insulin action is a dramatic increase in the rate of glucose transport into fat and muscle. This is achieved by the delivery of the facilitative glucose transporter GLUT4 from insulin-sensitive intracellular stores to the cell surface. Insulin-stimulated glucose transport is impaired in Type-2 diabetes; this is underpinned by reduced delivery of GLUT4 to the cell surface. Metabolic disorders such as Type-2 diabetes are linked to the development of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease represents the single biggest cause of death in T2DM and is independent of concurrent vascular disease. Our lab uses cellular and systems biology approaches to understand insulin-regulated GLUT4 trafficking in different cells.


Our lab uses a range of experimental systems and approaches. These include studies of cultured adipocytes and genome-edited adipocytes, and iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes as our work-horse models, and employ approaches including imaging techniques such as confocal microscopy and dSTORM, analysis of signalling and trafficking in subcellular fractions and analysis of transport kinetics in intact cells. We also employ Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a tool to study membrane trafficking.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southampton

1 Oct 198331 Oct 1986

Bachelor of Science, University of Southampton

1 Oct 19801 Jun 1983

Doctor of Philosophy


  • Insulin
  • Glucose Transport
  • Membrane Trafficking
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease

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Cytokinesis Medicine & Life Sciences
Insulin Medicine & Life Sciences
SNARE Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences
Membranes Medicine & Life Sciences
Facilitative Glucose Transport Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences
Adipocytes Medicine & Life Sciences
Phosphorylation Chemical Compounds
Endosomes Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2019

CHC22 clathrin mediates traffic from early secretory compartments for human GLUT4 pathway biogenesis

Camus, S. M., Camus, M. D., Figueras-Novoa, C., Boncompain, G., Sadacca, L. A., Esk, C., Bigot, A., Gould, G. W., Kioumourtzoglou, D., Perez, F., Bryant, N. J., Mukherjee, S. & Brodsky, F. M., 9 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Cell Biology. 52 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Facilitative Glucose Transport Proteins
Endoplasmic Reticulum
Secretory Pathway
Legionella pneumophila
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GLUT4 expression and glucose transport in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes

Bowman, P. R. T., Smith, G. L. & Gould, G. W., 25 Jul 2019, In : PLoS One. 14, 7, 16 p., e0217885.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Stem cells
Cardiac Myocytes


Wellcome Trust Research Leave Award

Gwyn Gould (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine Research Fellowship

Gwyn Gould (Recipient), 1 Jun 1992

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 1991 2019

Cells (Journal)

Gwyn Gould (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member

PeerJ (Journal)

Gwyn Gould (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member