Miss Himani Rana MSci

Miss Himani Rana

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
PhD student

Contact details

Level 3, IBR Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Himani graduated with a MSci in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine from the University of Nottingham in 2019. She then joined the Tennant group to investigate how oxygen tension affects specific amino acid transporters found in the mitochondria, and how this may impact cancer cell metabolism and the development of gliomas. 

Himani's PhD thesis title is 'Investigating the role of SLC25 amino acid transporters in cancer cell metabolism’.

Her supervisors are Professor Daniel Tennant, Professor Colin Watts and Dr Katherine Eales


MSci Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Nottingham, 2019


During Himani’s time at the University of Nottingham she undertook two independent research projects. Her final year BSc project was focused on the mediator complex, and specifically the relationship between the MED12 and MED13 subunits with the MAPK cascade. Her master’s year project focused on ALS, and specific patient mutations identified in the adaptor protein, p62.

During her Biochemistry of Cancer module, and her CRUK fundraising efforts via the ‘Sugar-free February’ event her passion for cancer research developed and fuelled her search for cancer research related PhD projects.

In addition to her previous research experience, Himani has strengthened both her verbal, and written science communication skills throughout her degree.