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I come originally from Iraq. I began my secondary school education in Baghdad College. In 2006, I moved with my family to Jordan, where I graduated my high school. I then moved to Syria for a degree in dental surgery, which I was unable to complete due to the civil conflict that broke out during my third year there. I came to the UK to do a degree in biomedical science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Between my undergraduate project, a summer studentship then a Master of Research, I spent a year in the research group of Jorge Erusalimsky, working on a signalling pathway that regulates erythro-megakaryocytic differentiation fate decision. My work earned me a scholarship from the Darwin Trust for a doctoral degree at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, where I was supervised by Tony Ly and Bill Earnshaw. During my Ph.D., we used mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomics to describe details of the mechanism regulating the ordered phosphorylation of substrates by the kinase CDK1 during cell division. I joined the research group of Ritwick Sawarkar in Cambridge in late 2022 to pursue my interest in understanding the role of post-translational modifications in maintaining cellular proteostasis.



Key publications: 

Aymen Al-Rawi, Edward Kaye, Svitlana Korolchuk, Jane A. Endicott, Tony Ly. Cyclin A and Cks1 promote kinase consensus switching to non-proline directed CDK1 phosphorylation. Cell Reports 2023. DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2023.112139

Van Kelly, Aymen al-Rawi, David Lewis, Georg Kustatscher, Tony Ly. Low cell number proteomic analysis using in-cell protease digests reveals a robust signature for cell cycle state classification. MCP 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.mcpro.2021.100169

Thomas J. Kucharski, Rufus Hards, Sarah E. Vandal, Maria Alba Abad, A. Arockia Jeyaprakash, Edward Kaye, Aymen al-Rawi, Tony Ly, Kristina M. Godek, Scott A. Gerber, Duane A. Compton. Chromosome segregation fidelity is controlled by small changes in phospho-occupancy at the kinetochore-microtubule interface. JCB 2022. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.202107107

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