Dr Eleanor Walton


I gained my BSc Hons in Biology Sciences at the University of East Anglia.  After a brief stint in industry I completed my PhD at the University of York during which I investigated locus-specific effects on transgene silencing and DNA methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

I joined the University of Leeds for my first postdoctoral position at the start of 2016 in the lab of Dr Julie Aspden.

Research interests

I have been interested in non-coding RNA biology throughout my career, with my undergraduate and PhD projects focusing on small interfering RNAs in Arabidopsis thaliana.

At Leeds I am working on long non-coding RNA in Drosophila melanogaster.  Poly-Ribo-Seq has previously identified three classes of cytoplasmic lncRNAs in D. melanogaster S2 cells depending on their association with translation machinery.  I aim to identify quantitative differences in RNA-binding proteins associated with specific lncRNA and mRNAs. To achieve this, I am using RNA antisense purification with Tandem mass tags (TMT) mass spectrometry to identify RNA binding proteins of target lncRNA and mRNAs. 

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  • PhD, Department of Biology, University of York, UK
  • BSc.(Hons), Biological Sciences with a year in Australasia, University of East