We are saddened to inform you that Dr Steven Condliffe passed away unexpectedly on 30th June 2017.
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Member of Membrane & Ion Transport.
Steven first joined the Department in 1996 as a Research Assistant, having completed a BSc (Hons) at The University of Canterbury. He then went on to PhD studies with Prof. Brian Harvey in Cork Ireland, followed by a first post-doctoral position with Prof. Ray Frizzell University of Pittsburgh USA. His second post-doctoral position was with Prof. Michela Matteoli at the University of Milan. Steven returned to Physiology as a Lecturer in 2009, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014.
In his research he applied a combination of patch clamp electrophysiology and cellular & molecular biology techniques to address important physiological processes at the cell membrane. In his PhD research Steven made fundamental discoveries regarding the regulation of ion channels by estrogen.
His subsequent research focused on the regulation of ion channel function via protein-protein interactions, in particular the mechanisms behind the delivery and insertion of epithelial channels including ANO1 and the epithelial sodium channel into the apical membrane, and the functional interaction of LRRK2 with calcium channel beta subunits, which was the subject of a recent major publication by Steven and his Italian collaborators (Bedford, et. Al., (2016). Front. Mol. Neurosci. 9:35 doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2016.00035).
Steven was a much-liked member of the Department who approached everything he did with the utmost seriousness, integrity and skill. He was a highly effective leader of teaching, playing a key and highly effective role in management as convener of the core First Year Health Sciences paper HUBS 192, and of the Physiology major subject requirement paper PHSL 343 and as a Departmental Course advisor for undergraduate students. He was recognized as an outstanding teacher at undergraduate level, where he made vital contributions at all levels, as a most caring helpful and knowledgeable advisor of undergraduates and supervisor of post-graduate student projects.
Steven will be greatly missed and we mourn his passing. Our thoughts at this time are particularly with his family.
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