I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Biochemistry in the School of Life Sciences in 2010 and then to Lecturer in 2013.
I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry with Biological Medicinal Chemistry from Keele in 2005 and returned in November of the same year to begin a PhD under the supervision of Dr Anne Loweth investigating mechanisms of pancreatic beta cell destruction induced by inflammatory cytokines and by reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes mellitus, which I completed in 2009.
During this time I worked as a GTA in the School of Medicine and as a demonstrator in the School of Life Sciences, largely within the year 1 & 2 Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences degree course before subsequently being appointed to a permanent academic position.
Research and scholarship
My main research interests are in biochemical cell biology and cell signalling, focussing on the regulation of programmed cell death, apoptosis.
My PhD research aimed at investigating some of the mechanisms contributing to pancreatic beta cell death and apoptosis in response to inflammatory cytokines and reactive nitrogen and oxygen species. This work focussed on the role of intracellular calcium movements and the activation of downstream endoplasmic reticulum stress signalling events. Targeted beta cell destruction precedes the development of long term complications including diabetic nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy, brought about in part by elevated levels of reactive oxygen intermediates, plasma free fatty acids and high peripheral glucose concentrations, together this may indicate common mechanisms of cellular dysfunction in diabetes and its associated complications.
I also have research links with Professor Gwyn Williams and Dr Mirna Mourtada-Maarabouni where investigations focus on defining the expression and function of novel apoptosis controlling genes.
Current projects include:
- The role of eicosanoids in beta cell dysfunction using in vitro models of type 1 and 2 DM
- The functional role(s) of long non-coding RNAs in beta cell dysfunction
- The cytoprotective effects of novel plant extracts against pro-inflammatory cytokine-mediated toxicity and in response to glucolipotoxicity in beta cell lines
- LSC 10034 Natures Tools: Proteins & Enzymes (Module Manager)
- LSC 10036 Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology
- LSC 20003 Gene and Protein Engineering
- LSC 20015 Molecular, Cellular and Structural immunology
- LSC 20016 Metabolism in Health and Disease (Module Manager)
- LSC-20052 Nutrition and Energy Balance
- LSC 30008/35 Research Project (Experimental)
- LSC 30010 Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information (Module Manager)
- LSC 30014 Research Project (Non-Experimental)
- LSC 30015 Biology of Disease
- LSC-30028 Advances in Medicine
- LSC-40033 Advanced Laboratory Techniques
- LSC-40040 Dissertation: Blood Sciences Research Project
Full Publications Listshow
FORTHCOMING: Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids but not their corresponding diols protect against palmitate-induced lipotoxicity in BRIN-BD11 cells.
Lab group members
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