Staff A-Z

Staff in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr George Balanos

Dr George Balanos

Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

George is a respiratory physiologist with an interest in pulmonary blood flow and sleep disordered breathing. He is an expert in blood gas manipulation and he uses ultrasonography for non-invasive measurement of physiological variables. George is a dedicated and popular lecturer having received the Excellence in Teaching Award three times. 

Miss Ruth A Benson

Academic Clinical Lecturer
SPR Vascular Surgery

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Ruth Benson is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery at the University of Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, and SPR in Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. Her doctoral research was supported by a Royal College of Surgeons Fellowship, and studied the impact of endovascular aneurysm surgery on brain function and markers of brain injury. She is part ...

Professor Roy Bicknell

Professor Roy Bicknell

Professor of Functional Genomics

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Roy Bicknell originally read chemistry at St. John's College, University of Oxford before studying for a doctorate in The William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford as an E.P.Abraham scholar. He then won a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship to study at Harvard Medical School. His original research interest was bacterial resistance to antibiotics but at Harvard moved to growth and angiogenic ...

Professor Andrew Bradbury

Professor Andrew Bradbury

Sampson Gamgee Professor of Vascular Surgery and Director of Quality Assurance and Enhancement

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

As the Sampson Gamgee Professor of Vascular Surgery Professor Bradbury leads the delivery of an innovative, evidence-based, high quality vascular and endovascular academic surgical service for both arterial and venous disease at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT). He also undertakes clinical and basic science research in arterial and venous disease

As College Director of Quality ...

Dr Keith Brain

Dr Keith Brain

Senior Lecturer
Head of Intercalation, MDS

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Dr Brain is the Head of Intercalation for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and the deputy lead for Years 1 and 2 of the MBChB programme. His research focusses on Autonomic physiology and pharmacology, both within the cardiovascular system and the urogenitral tract. His teaching focusses on the fields of Pharmacology and Renal physiology.

Dr Alexander Brill

Dr Alexander Brill

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Alex is a Birmingham Fellow in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. Alex has a strong background in different models of thrombosis, inflammation and microscopy. His main research interests are mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases, such as deep vein thrombosis and stroke, and identifying new targets to prevent and treat these disorders.

Alex received his undergraduate and graduate ...

Dr Myriam Chimen

Dr Myriam Chimen

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Myriam Chimen is Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow since October 2017. Her main interest is to understand how immune regulatory pathways controlling leukocyte trafficking are impaired with ageing and chronic inflammatory diseases. 

Dr Winnie Chua

Dr Winnie Chua

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Chua is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. She engages in research identifying factors which contribute to atrial fibrillation and is interested in translating these outcomes to impact patient care. Her work involves UK and European collaborators in Germany, Spain, Netherlands, and France.

Dr Andrew Coney

Dr Andrew Coney

Lecturer in Physiology

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Andrew Coney is a Lecturer in Physiology with teaching responsibilities across many of the Institute of Clinical Sciences’ undergraduate programmes. He is also Co-Lead on a Postgraduate programme training students in integrative approaches. Andrew combines these student responsibilities with research interests in the area of cardio-respiratory integration and control and he is also ...

Dr Alex Conner

Dr Alex Conner

College Academic Lead for Post-Graduate Taught Education
Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Alex Conner has a degree and PhD in Molecular and Biological Sciences. He is the Director of Post-Graduate Taught Education for the College and has more than 18 years’ experience in research-intensive higher education. Alex is an educational leader and teacher for medicine and medical-related biosciences.

Alex is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an elected Fellow of the ...

Mr Nigel E Drury

Mr Nigel E Drury

Clinician Scientist in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Mr Drury is a Clinician Scientist at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Dr Nicola Edwards

Dr Nicola Edwards

Clinical Lecturer

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Nicky Edwards is a Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine. She splits her time as a clinical specialist registrar in cardiology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and clinical researcher at the University of Birmingham and the NIHR Wellcome Clinical Research Facility. Her primary research interests involve the use of advanced cardiac imaging modalities (cardiac MRI and ...

Dr Larissa Fabritz

Dr Larissa Fabritz

Reader in Cardiovascular Sciences

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Larissa Fabritz studies novel mechanisms of heart disease and performs translational research towards mechanism-based therapies of cardiovascular diseases. As a clinical consultant, she sees patients in the Department of Cardiology at UHB. Larissa engages in research on molecular mechanisms of cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias as well as molecular cardiovascular imaging with her working group ...

Dr James Fisher

Dr James Fisher

Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr James Fisher is an Exercise Physiologist working in the field of human cardiovascular control. The focus of his laboratory is on the neural regulation of the heart and blood vessels in human health and disease.

Dr Sarah Fletcher

Dr Sarah Fletcher

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Sarah Fletcher is a British Heart Foundation funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working with Dr Neil Morgan, within the Birmingham Platelet Group in the Institute of Biomedical Research.

Her research focuses on investigating the function of novel genes in regulation of megakaryopoiesis and platelet function.

Dr Paul Harrison

Dr Paul Harrison

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Paul Harrison is the Healing Foundation Senior Lecturer within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is a Past- President of the British Society of Haemostasis & Thrombosis (BSHT) and a Past-chairman of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Platelet Physiology Scientific and standardization committee. He has ...

Dr Victoria Heath

Dr Victoria Heath

Lecturer in Molecular Biology

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Victoria Heath is interested in the molecular regulation of angiogenesis.  Her work is focused on identifying the roles of various endothelial expressed signalling molecules in endothelial cell biology and in the development of new blood vessels. 

Dr Peter Hewett

Dr Peter Hewett

Lecturer

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Peter Hewett is a lecturer in vascular and reproductive biology. His interests include the regulation and function of endothelial genes involved in vascular development, remodelling and homeostasis and how they may impact in pathologies such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, obesity, pre-eclampsia and cancer. He teaches various aspects of vascular biology, applied reproduction, pregnancy, ...

Dr Andrew P Holmes

Dr Andrew P Holmes

Lecturer in Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Dr Andrew Holmes is a Lecturer in Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology in the Institute of Clinical Sciences.

His research interests are in the field of cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and pathology, with an emphasis on identifying novel mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation and neurogenic hypertension.

He has a specific interest in understanding how acute and chronic hypoxia ...

Dr Asif Iqbal

Dr Asif Iqbal

Birmingham Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Asif Iqbal is a Birmingham Fellow based in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Research in Asif’s lab is focused on leukocyte recruitment and retention in chronic inflammatory pathologies such as atherosclerosis

Dr Daniel M Johnson

Dr Daniel M Johnson

Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Johnson joined the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences as a Research Fellow in October 2018. His work in the institute will concentrate on the ionic mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias, particularly focussing on the balance of sodium and calcium.

Dr Johnson carried out his PhD research at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands in the Department of Cardiology, whilst collaborating with ...

Dr Neena Kalia

Dr Neena Kalia

Senior Lecturer in Microcirculation Research

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Dean Kavanagh

Dr Dean Kavanagh

Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Kavanagh is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist based in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Professor Paulus Kirchhof

Professor Paulus Kirchhof

Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Professor Paulus Kirchhof is the Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He is a Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham and works as a consultant cardiologist at the Departments of Cardiology at SWBH and UHB NHS Trusts. Professor Kirchhof researches novel molecular mechanisms of heart disease that can be leveraged to ...

Dr Dipak Kotecha

Dr Dipak Kotecha

Clinician Scientist in Cardiovascular Medicine & NIHR Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dipak is a Clinician Scientist in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham, a Consultant Cardiologist specialising in cardiac imaging, and holds a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellowship.  In 2018, he was awarded the British Cardiovascular Society Michael Davies Award for his contribution to cardiovascular medicine, in particular ...

Professor Prem Kumar

Professor Prem Kumar

Head of the Institute of Clinical Sciences
Professor of Physiological Science

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Prem Kumar is a Professor of Physiological Science and Head of the Institute of Clinical Sciences. 

His research interests are in the field of chemoreception, with a particular emphasis on carotid body and chemotransduction mechanisms in health and disease and in the reflex responses to hypoxia and changes in blood glucose concentrations.

Professor Kumar has served on a number of Journal ...

Dr Sahithi Jyothsna Kuravi

Dr Sahithi Jyothsna Kuravi

Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Sahithi is an experimental cell biologist experienced in investigating mechanisms that modulate the inflammatory cell infiltration to vascular endothelium in health and disease, using single and multi-cellular culture models. She is currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow with Professor Gerard Nash understanding microvesicles role in neutrophil recruitment to endothelium during ...

Dr Patricia Lalor

Dr Patricia Lalor

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Lalor is a Senior Lecturer in The Centre for Liver Research with an interest in inflammation, endothelial biology and regulation of liver metabolism.

Trish has published over 50 research papers as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of leucocyte recruitment, endothelial biology and liver disease. Her research has been supported by research grants from The Medical Research ...

Dr Gillian Lowe

Dr Gillian Lowe

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Lowe is a hospital doctor who specialises in haematology (blood disorders) and is interested in problems with bleeding and thrombosis.

Dr Sam Lucas

Dr Sam Lucas

Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Environmental Physiology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Sam Lucas is an integrative physiologist with a primary research interest in brain health; specifically he is interested in how cerebral blood flow is regulated in health and disease, and the resultant impact on brain function (e.g., neurophysiological and psychological/behavioural responses). His broader interests and expertise are in the areas of exercise and environmental physiology, as ...

Dr Melanie Madhani

Dr Melanie Madhani

Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Melanie Madhani is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. 

Dr Madhani works on understanding the mechanisms of heart disease, and leads a translational research group in myocardial infarction and heart failure. Her research group is assessing novel pharmacological strategies to protect the heart against from ischaemia reperfusion ...

Professor Una Martin

Professor Una Martin

Dean of Birmingham Medical School (from Sept 2019)
Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Equalities
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

School of Pharmacy

Professor Una Martin is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (DPVC) for Equalities and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology.  She is a consultant in General Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust where she leads the Hypertension Service. 

Mrs Helen Matthews

Mrs Helen Matthews

Institute Manager, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Institute Manager, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Institute Manager, Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Medical and Dental Sciences

Dr Claudio Mauro

Dr Claudio Mauro

Professorial Research Fellow in Metabolism and Inflammation & British Heart Foundation Research Fellow

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Claudio Mauro trained as biochemist and cellular biologist before starting to approach immunological questions with his own group, motivated by the recent ‘renaissance’ in the interest in metabolism in widespread fields of the basic and clinical science.

Dr Mauro’s group investigates the interconnections between metabolic and inflammatory pathways and how systemic and local ...

Dr Alexandra Mazharian

Dr Alexandra Mazharian

British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Alexandra Mazharian is a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellow working at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.  The primary objective of Alexandra’s research is to elucidate novel signalling events regulating megakaryocyte development and platelet production in health and disease. 

Dr Helen McGettrick

Dr Helen McGettrick

Senior Lecturer in Inflammation Biology
Director of the International Doctoral Training Programme: PhD with Integrated Study in Life Sciences

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Helen McGettrick is an experimental biologist who specialises in developing multi-cellular in vitro models to examine the processes by which tissue resident cells influence leukocyte adhesion and migration during inflammation.

Helen’s research focuses on leukocyte recruitment and stromal cell biology in health and disease, in which she has several publications. She is currently using this ...

Dr Neil Morgan

Dr Neil Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Genetics

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Neil Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Genetics within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

He has published over 75 research papers in high impact scientific journals in the field of human genetics. His research has primarily involved the identification and characterisation of novel genes for inherited diseases in the haematopoietic system.

Dr Jun Mori

Dr Jun Mori

Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Jun has been a member of the Birmingham Platelet Group as a British Heart Foundation Research Fellow since 2005. During this time, she has been jointly supervised by Professor Watson and Dr. Senis. She has a strong background in molecular and cellular biology and is familiar with all platelet biochemical and functional assays used in the group.

Dr Zoltan Nagy

Dr Zoltan Nagy

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Zoltan Nagy is a postdoc in the laboratory of Professor Yotis Senis. Dr Nagy has a passionate interest in platelet signalling.

He is experienced in investigating different aspects of signal transduction in these cells; including tyrosine kinase and phosphatase- and serine/threonine kinase and phosphatase-mediated pathways. He is also skilled in studying signals driven by calcium, cyclic ...

Professor Gerard Nash

Professor Gerard Nash

Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Rheology

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Gerard Nash originally trained as a physical scientist and has carried out research on the flow properties of the blood and its constituent cells, and the regulation of recruitment of blood cells to the vessel wall in health and disease.

Gerard has published over 200 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of blood flow, cell mechanics, and ...

Dr Pip Nicolson

Dr Pip Nicolson

BHF Clinical Research Training Fellow
Specialty Registrar in Clinical Haematology

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Pip is clinical academic with a clinical interest in non-malignant haematology and a research interest in the role of platelets in venous thrombosis and thromboinflammation. He works in the Birmingham Platelet Group and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He is a keen cyclist, regularly participating in domestic and international sportives and century rides.

Dr Molly O'Reilly

Dr Molly O'Reilly

Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Molly O’Reilly is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Her research investigates the ionic basis of arrhythmias, with a particular focus on understanding how hypoxia exposure causes cardiac electrical remodelling that affects susceptibility to the development of atrial fibrillation.

Dr Davor Pavlovic

Dr Davor Pavlovic

Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Davor has joined University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

His primary research interest is to understand molecular mechanisms of ion transport in the heart and how these may be targeted to treat cardiovascular disease. Davor has published a number of research papers and review articles focused on regulation of ion ...

Dr Natalie Poulter

Dr Natalie Poulter

Research Fellow in Cell Biology in Cardiovascular Sciences

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Natalie is a British Heart Foundation Research Fellow in the Birmingham Platelet Group  headed by Professor Steve Watson. Natalie has a strong background in cell biology and microscopy in both mammalian and plant cells. Her current research project is investigating platelet signalling using super resolution microscopy to map the location and clustering of the platelet surface receptors, ...

Professor Ed Rainger

Professor Ed Rainger

Professor of Chronic Inflammation

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Ed Rainger is Professor of Chronic Inflammation in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. He has published over 100 research papers, reviews and book chapters. Although his work is broadly themed on inflammation, he has a particular interest in leukocyte trafficking and is a member of the Leukocyte Trafficking Group. He is interested in the regulation of inflammation in physiological resolving ...

Dr Clare Ray

Dr Clare Ray

Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Science

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Clare Ray is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences with teaching responsibilities across many of the Institute of Clinical Sciences’ undergraduate programmes. She is the College of Medical and Dental Sciences lead for Outreach and Widening Participationand is engaged in a range of successful schemes and activities that promote the participation of under-represented ...

Dr Julie Rayes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Professor Yotis Senis

Professor Yotis Senis

Chair in Cellular Haemostasis

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Yotis is a British Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellow in the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and a senior member of the Birmingham Platelet Group. He was appointed Chair in Cellular Haemostasis in 2013. His main research interests are platelet protein-tyrosine phosphatases and how they regulate platelet activation, thrombosis and haemostasis.

Yotis received his undergraduate ...

Dr Victoria Stoll

Clinical Lecturer Cardiovascular Sciences

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Stoll’s area of research involves the use of advanced Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance imaging to investigate the pathophysiology of patients with cardiac disease. The research she undertook for her DPhil focused upon the intra-cardiac blood flow in patients with heart failure. Dr Stoll moved from Oxford to the University of Birmingham to expand her research to include patients with ...

Dr Victoria Stoll

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Stoll’s area of research involves the use of advanced Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance imaging to investigate the pathophysiology of patients with cardiac disease. The research she undertook for her DPhil focused upon the intra-cardiac blood flow in patients with heart failure. Dr Stoll moved from Oxford to the University of Birmingham to expand her research to include patients with ...

Dr Yi Sun

Dr Yi Sun

COMPARE Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Yi Sun is a British Heart Foundation Research Fellow in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. Yi is also a COMPARE fellow in the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE) Institute. Yi’s lab is interested in the molecular basis of the cellular recognition process. He has a strong research background in studying transient, low-affinity extracellular receptor-ligand ...

Dr Mark Thomas

Dr Mark Thomas

Academic Clinical Lecturer

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Mark Thomas is an Academic Clinical Lecturer working at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (University of Birmingham) and City Hospital (Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust). The main focus of Mark’s research is platelet biology and antiplatelet pharmacology. In particular, he is interested in translational research aimed at developing novel antiplatelet strategies for ...

Dr Steve Thomas

Dr Steve Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Science

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Steve Thomas is a HEFCE Lecturer working in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

His main research interests centre around the actin cytoskeleton in platelets and megakaryocytes and fluorescence microscopy imaging.

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Senior Lecturer
Cells and Molecules Research Theme Lead

School of Biosciences

Dr Mike Tomlinson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham.  He is a member of the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE), and associate member of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.  He leads the School of Biosciences Cells and MoleculesResearch Theme.  Mike’s research focuses on tetraspanins as regulators of the ...

Mrs Sally Utton

Mrs Sally Utton

Programme Operations Manager - COMPARE

Sally Utton was appointed in October 2016 as the Programme Operations Manager for COMPARE, Centre of Membrane Proteins Receptors. She is employed jointly by the two universities and spends part of the week in Nottingham and part of the week in Birmingham. COMPARE brings together leading researchers from the two universities to identify new ways of visualising membrane receptors in cells to target ...

Dr Timo Vögtle

Dr Timo Vögtle

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Timo Vögtle is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Yotis Senis, within in the Birmingham Platelet Group at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

His work focuses on the ligand-mediated regulation of the inhibitory platelet receptor G6b-B and its effects on platelet function.

Professor Steve P. Watson

Professor Steve P. Watson

BHF Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences and Cellular Pharmacology
Deputy Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Steve Watson is a British Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences and Cellular Pharmacology.

Steve is head of the Birmingham Platelet Group. The group undertakes a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of platelet function in health and disease with a special focus on platelet receptors and their signalling pathways. The work includes translational studies in ...

Dr James Winter

Dr James Winter

Birmingham Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Winter’s research group investigates the cellular and integrative mechanisms of lethal ventricular and atrial arrhythmia, with a specific focus on the role of the autonomic nervous system as a trigger for sudden cardiac death. Dr Winter currently holds a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship for investigations into long QT syndrome (see below) and was ...