Professor Victoria Cowling investigates how mammalian gene expression is regulated in health and disease. The current focus of her group is a mRNA structure, termed the mRNA cap, which is important for mRNA expression, processing and translation. Professor Cowling’s group investigates how the mRNA cap is regulated by cellular signalling pathways during development, in immune responses and during oncogenic transformation. Her research is in exploring the mRNA cap as a therapeutic target with which to control the growth and proliferation of tumour cells. Professor Cowling enjoys taking part in career-support initiatives in Europe.