I am a cell biologist and I study how endothelial cells (specialised cells that line the blood vessels) maintain vascular health, focussing on molecular pathways that control blood clotting and inflammation.
I am a Professor of Complex Systems in the School of Computing, University of Leeds, where I also lead activity in the Applied Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Theme.
I am an academic clinical fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with an interest in disorders of placental vascular dysfunction.
My current research and interests are the conduct of pharmacoepidemiological and applied risk prediction research and the optimisation of use of existing data to improve care of patients with chronic diseases and multimorbidity and to reduce health inequalities.
I came to Leeds as a post-doc in 1999 to work in a group investigating the normal physiological roles of neuronal proteins which cause neurodegenerative disease. In 2014, I moved to a different research group with an interest in exploring ways to reduce the cardiovascular risk associated with type 2 Diabetes.
I am working for Prof Mark Kearney looking to identify small molecules to selectively inhibit the formation of insulin receptor IGF1 receptor hybrids.
I lead the Diabetes in Pregnancy multidisciplinary team in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where I help women with diabetes to achieve tight glucose control prior to and during pregnancy to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes.
My research interests include investigating the effects of inflammation on the development of atherosclerosis, and the molecular mechanisms of blood clot formation.
My main research interests are in investigating molecular mechanisms of insulin sensitivity in endothelial cells and the role of reactive oxygen species in mediating cardiovascular complications.
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