Staff A-Z

Staff in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Professor Roy Bicknell

Professor Roy Bicknell

Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
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 Alexander Brill

Dr Alexander Brill

Associate Professor in Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Alex is Associate Professor in Thrombosis and Haemostasis in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. He 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 ...

Dr Karina V Bunting

Dr Karina V Bunting

British Heart Foundation Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Karina Bunting has recently been awarded a British Heart Foundation career development fellowship.  Dr Bunting is a research fellow at the University of Birmingham and a highly specialised cardiac physiologist in echocardiography at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.  Her work focusses on improving the assessment of heart function in patients with atrial ...

Dr Winnie Chua

Dr Winnie Chua

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Chua is a Senior Research Fellow 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 Chua is also a collaborator on the Machine Learning and ...

Professor Derek Connolly

Professor Derek Connolly

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer
Consultant Cardiologist and Director of R&D at Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals
Honorary Professor at Aston University

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Ingrid Dumitriu

Dr Ingrid Dumitriu

Reader in Cardiovascular Immunology
PGR Clinical Lead
Theme Lead - Vascular Biology and Inflammation

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Ingrid Dumitriu is a Reader in Cardiovascular Immunology in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Dumitriu’s research interrogates the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in sustaining inflammation in cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, her group focuses on gaining an in-depth understanding of the role of inflammation and immune cells in ...

Dr Juma El-Awaisi

Dr Juma El-Awaisi

Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Juma El-Awaisi is a research fellow based in the Microcirculation Research Group at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Juma El-awaisi completed his PhD in cardiovascular sciences at the University of Birmigham and Master’s in Advanced Pharmacology at Strathclyde University. His focus is on identifying novel therapies for patients who have suffered from a heart attack. He is also ...

Professor Larissa Fabritz

Professor Larissa Fabritz

Honorary Professor

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Professor 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 ...

Professor Charles Ferro

Professor Charles Ferro

Consultant Nephrologist: University Hospitals Birmingham
Honorary Professor of Renal Medicine: University of Birmingham
Honorary Lecturer: University College London

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Charles remains a full-time NHS Consultant Nephrologist. He works across the full range of nephrology – chronic kidney disease, inflammatory renal disease, low clearance, haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplantation

His current research programme is funded through over £6 million worth of grants and centres on four main and distinct streams:

Cardiovascular disease ...

Dr Katja Gehmlich

Dr Katja Gehmlich

Associate Professor

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr. Katja Gehmlich is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

She is interested in how genetic variants in genes coding for proteins involved in biomechanical stress signalling cause inherited cardiac conditions (cardiomyopathies). She employs molecular, biophysical, cellular and in vivo models in her research. In particular she is interested in using induced ...

Dr Kayleigh Griffiths

Dr Kayleigh Griffiths

Post-Doctoral researcher

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Kayleigh Griffiths is a British Heart Foundation postdoctoral associate within the Cardiovascular Translational Research Group“Myocardial Infarction and Heart Failure”, at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. Kayleigh’s current research project concentrates on the protective effects of nitrite during myocardial ischaemia reperfusion injury, which is under the guidance ...

Dr James Guggenheim

Dr James Guggenheim

Royal Society University Research Fellow and Birmingham Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Jamie Guggenheim is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Birmingham Fellow working in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences with a joint appointment in the School of Computer Science.

Jamie’s research is centred on biomedical optics, primarily the development of new technologies for photoacoustic imaging.

Dr Victoria Heath

Dr Victoria Heath

Deputy Director of Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Director of Education
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Victoria Heath is a Senior Lecturer based in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.  Her research is focused on the molecular regulation of blood vessel formation.  She is currently Deputy Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences focussing on education.

Professor Dirk-Peter Herten

Professor Dirk-Peter Herten

School of Chemistry
Chair in Cell Biology of Membrane Proteins

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dirk-Peter Herten is a Chair in Cell Biology of Membrane Proteins at the University of Birmingham shared by the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and the School of Chemistry with his labs located in the Institute of Biomedical Research (IBR).

Dirk’s interdisciplinary research spans from microscopy techniques over switchable fluorescent probes to biological applications, like T-cell ...

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 Asif Iqbal

Dr Asif Iqbal

Associate Professor in Inflammation Biology
Birmingham Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Asif Iqbal is an Associate Professor in Inflammation Biology and 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 Neena Kalia

Dr Neena Kalia

Reader in Microcirculation Research

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Neena Kalia leads the Microcirculation Research Group (MRG) and is also the Director of a world-class Intravital Imaging Facility which is based in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.  The MRG investigates the role the coronary microcirculation plays in the immediate aftermath of a heart attack and in the presence of co-morbidities such as age and diabetes.  A multi-disciplinary ...

Dr Caroline Kardeby

Dr Caroline Kardeby

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Caroline Kardeby joined the Birmingham Platelet Research Group and Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences as a British Heart Foundation Research Fellow 2019.

In 2020, she started her position as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow and began working on her project titled PAELLA: Platelet Endothelial Aggregation Receptor 1. This research has been funded by the European Union’s ...

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

Honorary Professor

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Paulus Kirchhof is Director of the Department of Cardiology at the University Heart and Vascular Center UKE Hamburg and is Honorary Professor at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham. He is listed in the Clarivate list of highly cited researchers.

Professor Kirchhof researches translational mechanisms and management of cardiovascular diseases with a special ...

Professor Dipak Kotecha

Professor Dipak Kotecha

Professor of Cardiology

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dipak Kotecha is a Professor of Cardiology at the University of Birmingham, a Consultant Cardiologist specialising in cardiac imaging, and has completed a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship. He works extensively across the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in education, trials and guidelines, and his research focuses on the interaction of heart failure and ...

Dr Gillian Lowe

Dr Gillian Lowe

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer
Consultant Haematologist, University Hospital Birmingham
Deputy Director of Research for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Gill Lowe is a Consultant in Haemostasis and Thrombosis at University Hospital Birmingham, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.  She completed a PhD looking at patients with inherited platelet disorders within the Birmingham Platelet Groupbetween 2010-2013, and has maintained strong links with the group since.   She sits on several national committees ...

Professor Peter Ludman

Professor Peter Ludman

Honorary Professor
Professor of Cardiology and Consultant Cardiologist

Interventional cardiologist.  Audit lead for the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society with responsibility for running UK audit of adult interventional cardiology procedures.  Recent research has been dominated by observational studies using national cardiac datasets in percutaneous intervention (PCI) and transcatheter aortic valve intervention (TAVI).

Dr Melanie Madhani

Dr Melanie Madhani

Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Melanie Madhani leads a translational research group to understand the mechanism of hypertension, myocardial infarction and heart failure. Her research group is assessing novel pharmacological strategies to protect against these diseases with scientists and clinicians working together from “bench to bedside, and back again”. 

Professor Janice Marshall

Professor Janice Marshall

Professor of Cardiovascular Science

School of Biomedical Sciences

Janice Marshall was an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham and studied for her PhD in the Medical School.  She was appointed to a Lectureship in Physiology and then to Senior Lectureship, Readership and in 1995, to a Personal Chair in Cardiovascular Science. 

In 2002, Janice became Head of the Division of Medical Sciences in the School of Medicine and held this post ...

Dr William E. Moody

Dr William E. Moody

Honorary Senior Lecturer
Consultant Cardiologist – Imaging and Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Moody is Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. His research parallels closely with his clinical interests; he is working on using novel imaging techniques to better inform the management of patients with inherited cardiomyopathies, cardiac amyloidosis and sarcoidosis. He is also examining the role of non-invasive imaging to stratify risk among ...

Professor Neil Morgan

Professor Neil Morgan

Professor of Cardiovascular Genetics

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Neil Morgan is a Professor of Cardiovascular Genetics within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

He has published over 100 research papers in high impact scientific journals in the field of human genetics and has an H-index of 54, with 12,000 citations. His current research primarily involves the identification and characterisation of novel genes for inherited diseases in the ...

Dr Adnan Nadir

Dr Adnan Nadir

Honorary Associate Clinical Professor
Consultant Cardiologist and Senior Lecturer

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Nadir is an interventional cardiologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Birmingham. He is also the lead for cardiovascular disease for recently established Birmingham & Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS) as part of devolved NHS. He has particular interest heart valve disease and specialises in replacing or repairing heart valves ...

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

Affiliated with Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Clinical Lecturer in Haematology
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 in the department of Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He chairs the UK-wide, registrar-led research network HaemSTAR and was awarded the BSH-NIHR ...

Dr Christopher O'Shea

Dr Christopher O'Shea

Henry Wellcome Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr O’Shea is a Research Associate at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. His primary research goal is to use computer sciences and physics to achieve detailed mechanistic understanding of cardiac arrhythmias. His work has resulted in open-source software for analysis of pre-clinical mapping datasets, which has been utilised in several laboratories worldwide and extensively covered in ...

Dr Peysh A Patel

Dr Peysh A Patel

Honorary Associate Clinical Professor
Consultant Cardiologist

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Patel is a Consultant Cardiologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham. His specialist and research interests are in heart failure, cardio-oncology, complex devices and medical education.

Dr Davor Pavlovic

Dr Davor Pavlovic

Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Davor Pavlovic is an Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences and a Lead for Cardiac Diseases Theme at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICVS). In the below video he talks about some of the exciting research that is taking place within the Cardiac Diseases Theme:

His primary research interest is to understand molecular mechanisms of ion transport in the heart and how these may ...

Dr Natalie Poulter

Dr Natalie Poulter

Assistant Professor
ICVS Post Graduate Research Lead

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Natalie is a British Heart Foundation Assistant Professor 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

Deputy Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Director of Research
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.

Ed is interested in the regulation of inflammation in physiological ...

Dr Julie Rayes

Dr Julie Rayes

Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences
British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellow

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Julie Rayes is an Associate Professor in Cardiovascular sciences. She holds a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellowship. She is interested in understanding the immunoregulatory functions of platelets beyond haemostasis. Her team focuses on the crosstalk between platelets, immune and endothelial cells to identify targets that limit thromboinflammation during infections and sterile ...

Professor Richard Steeds

Professor Richard Steeds

Honorary Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Deputy Director of Clinical Research
Consultant in Cardiovascular Imaging

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Professor Steeds is Honorary Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Deputy Director of Clinical Research within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciencesat the University of Birmingham and Consultant in Cardiovascular Imaging at University Hospitals Birmingham. He is an international figure in cardiovascular imaging and is an NIHR Advanced Research Scholar. He was previously President ...

Dr Mark Thomas

Dr Mark Thomas

Associate Professor of Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Mark Thomas is an Associate Professor of Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist working at the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The main focus of Mark’s work is translational research that has the potential to benefit patients with coronary artery disease. He is particularly interested in improving antithrombotic treatments and ...

Professor Jon Townend

Professor Jon Townend

Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Clinical Research

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Professor Townend is Director of Clinical Research and honorary Professor of Cardiology within the Institute of CardiovascularSciences at the University of Birmingham and a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  He is a senior clinical investigator with numerous grants and awards and publications in leading cardiovascular journals.  He is joint leader of ...

Professor Steve P. Watson

Professor Steve P. Watson

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences and Cellular Pharmacology
Director of the BHF Accelerator Grant

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 which consists of more than 40 researchers (>10 PIs) investigating haemostatic and non-haemostatic functions of platelets in health and disease. 

Steve’s research interests focus on mechanisms of platelet activation by ...