Meet the team


gill-headshot Dr Gill Lowe   is an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow with the Birmingham Platelet Group and a Haematology Specialist Registrar with the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Lowe was responsible for establishing the network of centres through which patients have been recruited to the GAPP project, and assists with recalling patients for investigation with this study.



Photo of Steve Watson Professor Steve Watson is a British Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences and Cellular Pharmacology.  He is head of the Birmingham Platelet Group and Chief Investigator on the GAPP project 




Photo of Neil Morgan Dr Neil Morgan is a lecturer in Cardiovascular Genetics.  His current research is focussing on the molecular genetics of patients with platelet bleeding disorders and low platelet counts (thrombocytopaenia). The identification of novel gene defects would provide clues to genes and proteins involved in normal platelet physiology and ultimately lead to devising new treatment strategies to minimise the risk of bleeding in such patients


harrison-Paul-Cropped-110x146 Dr Paul Harrison  is the Healing Foundation Senior Lecturer within the School of Immunity and Infection at the University of Birmingham and is a recognised expert on platelet function, platelet counting and platelet turnover.





Professor Paul Gissen is an honorary Consultant in Paediatric Metabolic Diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Sciences at the UCL Institute of Child Health.  His research interests are in paediatric inherited metabolic disorders.




Postdocs: Dr Danai Bem , Dr Sarah Fletcher

Research Associate: Sian Drake

PhD Student: Ben Johnson



Photo of Andrew Mumford Andrew Mumford is the Reader in Haematology at the University of Bristol and director of the Bristol haemophilia comprehensive care centre. Dr Mumford's GAPP study laboratory contributes to deep phenotyping study participants and development of next generation sequencing strategies.



Photo of Stuart Mundell

Stuart Mundell is a Senior British Heart Foundation Research Fellow and Reader in the School of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Bristol . His research laboratory examines the functional consequences of mutations in proteins identified through the GAPP project. The characterization of these mutations not only helps us understand how these platelet expressed proteins work but also reveals important insights into how individual protein function impacts upon platelet activity.

Postdoc:  Shaista Nisar 



Photo of Mike Makris Mike Makris is a reader in haemostasis and thrombosis at the University of Sheffield and director of the Sheffield haemophilia and thrombosis centre




Photo of Martina Daley Martina Daly is a Senior Lecturer with the Haemostasis Research Group in the Department of Cardiovascular Science at the University of Sheffield . Through the GAPP project, they are contributing to the next generation sequencing of patients with platelet-based bleeding disorders and to the studies relating genotype with phenotype. They are also examining how mutations in platelet genes can contribute to the expression and diagnosis of type 1 von Willebrand disease, a disorder which phenotypically resembles some platelet bleeding disorders.

Postdoc:  Vincenzo C Leo