Dr Paul Reynolds

Dr Paul Reynolds
Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Studies



I gained my PhD in 1997 from the Department of Pathology, University of Bristol, in Keith Brown’s lab. In 1998, I became a postdoctoral fellow in Dr Daniel Haber’s lab at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, USA and then in 2003 I moved to the University of California, San Francisco in order to work with Dr Thea Tlsty investigating the epigenetic modulation of primary human mammary epithelial cells. I was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews in June 2007.

Cancer is a remarkably heterogenous disease and the increasing complexity of molecular changes during tumour evolution highlights the importance of identifying events that drive this process. The Reynolds lab is interested in identifying those molecular changes which drive tumour formation with particular emphasis on 1) novel proteins in the Hippo signaling pathway and 2) resistance mechanisms to therapeutic drugs in cancer. In my lab my colleagues and I are employing biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology approaches to investigate the nature and context of these factors and how they impact upon carcinogenesis. An understanding of their biology may also contribute to the development of better strategies to identify aggressive tumours early, before the development of metastasis. Another interest is exploring models of physiological tissue settings and disease pathologies where the Hippo pathway plays a role.

School Roles:

  • Director of Postgraduate Studies (DoPG)

  • School Advisor on Biological Safety

  • Deputy Module Controller MD4001

  • Tissue culture room Curator

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Systems Pathology and Cancer

Cancer is a remarkably heterogenous disease and the increasing complexity of molecular changes during tumour evolution highlights the importance of identifying events that drive this process. The Reynolds lab is interested in identifying those molecular changes which drive tumour formation with particular emphasis on 1) novel proteins in the Hippo signaling pathway and 2) resistance mechanisms to therapeutic drugs in cancer. We are employing biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology approaches to investigate the nature and context of these factors and how they impact upon carcinogenesis. An understanding of their biology may also contribute to the development of better strategies to identify aggressive tumours early, before the development of metastasis. Another interest is exploring models of physiological tissue settings and disease pathologies where the Hippo pathway plays a role. 


source: research@st-andrews
Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Tilston-Lunel, AM, Haley, K, Schlecht, N, Wang, Y, Chatterton, ALD, Moleirinho, SL, Watson, A, Hundal, H, Prystowsky, M, Gunn-Moore, FJ & Reynolds, PA 2016, 'Crumbs 3b promotes tight junctions in an ezrin-dependent manner in mammalian cells' Journal of Molecular Cell Biology, vol 8, no. 5, pp. 439-455. DOI: 10.1093/jmcb/MJW020
Moleirinho, S, Patrick, C, Tilston-Lunel, AM, Higginson, JR, Angus, L, Antkowiak, M, Barnett, S, Prystowsky, M, Reynolds, PA & Gunn-Moore, FJ 2013, 'Willin, an upstream component of the Hippo signaling pathway, orchestrates mammalian peripheral nerve fibroblasts' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 4, e60028. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060028
Moleirinho, S, Chang, N, Sims, A, Tilston-Lunel, AM, Angus, L, Steele, A, Boswell, V, Barnett, S, Ormandy, C, Faratian, D, Gunn-Moore, FJ & Reynolds, PA 2013, 'KIBRA Exhibits MST-independent Functional Regulation of the Hippo Signaling Pathway in Mammals' Oncogene, vol 32, no. 14, pp. 1821-1830. DOI: 10.1038/onc.2012.196
Moleirinho, S, Tilston-Lunel, AM, Angus, L, Gunn-Moore, FJ & Reynolds, PA 2013, 'The Expanding Family of FERM Proteins.' Biochemical Journal, vol 452 , no. 2, pp. 183-193 . DOI: 10.1042/BJ20121642
Giricz, O, Reynolds, PA, Ramnauth, A, Liu, C, Wang, T, Stead, L, Childs, G, Rohan, T, Shapiro, N, Fineberg, S, Kenny, P & Loudig, O 2012, 'Hsa-miR-375 Is Differentially Expressed During Breast Lobular Neoplasia And Promotes Loss Of Mammary Acinar Polarity' Journal of Pathology, vol 226, no. 1, pp. 108-119. DOI: 10.1002/path.2978
Schlecht, NF, Brandwein-Gensler , M, Smith , RV, Kawachi, N, Broughel, D, Lin, J, Keller , CE, Reynolds, PA, Gunn-Moore, FJ, Harris, T, Childs, G, Belbin, TY & Prystowsky, MB 2012, 'Cytoplasmic Ezrin and Moesin Correlate with Poor Survival in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma' Head and Neck Pathology, vol 6, no. 2, pp. 232-43. DOI: 10.1007/s12105-011-0328-1
Bean, GR, Bryson, AD, Pilie, PD, Goldenberg, V, Baker, JC, Ibarra, C, Brander, DMU, Paisie, C, Case, NR, Gauthier, M, Reynolds, PA, Dietz, E, Ostrander, J, Scott, V, Wilke, LG, Yee, L, Kimler, BF, Fabian, CJ, Zalles, CM, Broadwater, G, Tlsty, TD & Seewaldt, VL 2007, 'Morphologically Normal-Appearing Mammary Epithelial Cells Obtained from High-Risk Women Exhibit Methylation Silencing of INK4a/ARF.' Clinical Cancer Research, vol 13, pp. 6834-6841. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-07-0407
Reynolds, PA, Sigaroudinia, M, Zardo, G, Wilson, MB, Benton, G, Miller, C, Hong, C, Fridlyand, J, Costello, JF & Tlsty, TD 2006, 'Tumour Suppressor p16INK4A Regulates Polycomb-mediated DNA Hypermethylation in Human Mammary Epithelial Cells' Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol 281, no. 34, pp. 24790-24802. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M604175200
Reynolds, PA, Smolen, GA, Palmer, RE, Sgroi, D, Yajnik, V, Gerald, WL & Haber, DA 2003, 'Identification of a DNA-binding site and transcriptional target for the EWS-WT1(+KTS) oncoprotein' Genes & Development, vol 17, no. 17, pp. 2094-2107. DOI: 10.1101/gad.1110703
Yajnik, V, Paulding, C, Sordella, R, McClatchey, AI, Saito, M, Wahrer, DCR, Reynolds, PA, Bell, DW, Lake, R, van den Heuvel, S, Settleman, J & Haber, DA 2003, 'DOCK4, a GTPase Activator, Is Disrupted during Tumourigenesis.' Cell, vol 112, no. 5, pp. 673-684. DOI: 10.1016/S0092-8674(03)00155-7
Vernon, EG, Malik, K, Reynolds, PA, Powlesland, R, Dallosso, AR, Jackson, S, Henthorn, K, Green, ED & Brown, KW 2003, 'The parathyroid hormone-responsive B1 gene is interrupted by a t(1;7)(q42;p15) breakpoint associated with Wilms' tumour' Oncogene, vol 22, no. 9, pp. 1371-1380. DOI: 10.1038/sj.onc.1206332
Palmer, R, Lee, S, Wong, J, Reynolds, PA, Zhang, H, Truong, V, Oliner, J, Gerald, W & Haber, D 2002, 'Induction of BAIAP3 by the EWS-WT1 chimeric fusion implicates regulated exocytosis in tumorigenesis' Cancer Cell, vol 2, no. 6, pp. 497-505. DOI: 10.1016/S1535-6108(02)00205-2
Wong, JC, Lee, SB, Bell, MD, Reynolds, PA, Fiore, E, Stamenkovic, I, Truong, V, Oliner, JD, Gerald, WG & Haber, DA 2002, 'Induction of the interleukin-2/15 receptor beta-chain by the EWS-WT1 translocation product' Oncogene, vol 21, no. 13, pp. 2009-2019. DOI: 10.1038/sj.onc.1205262
Powlesland, R, Charles, AK, Malik, KTA, Reynolds, PA, Pires, S, Boavida, M & Brown, KW 2000, 'Loss of heterozygosity at 7p in Wilms' tumour development' British Journal of Cancer, vol 82, no. 2, pp. 323-329. DOI: 10.1054/bjoc.1999.0922