Whiteford Lab

 

Our group focuses on the process by which new blood vessels form, angiogenesis. This is a vital process in development and wound healing, but is also a feature of many diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and many eye diseases. 

We are trying to develop novel approaches to block this process with a view to deriving new treatments for diseases such as Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration

RESEARCH OVERVIEW

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Dr James Whiteford

Group Leader

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Dr Samantha Arokiasamy

Postdoctoral Researcher

GROUP MEMBERS

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Having completed my BSc in Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics at Queen Mary University of London in 2018, I joined the whiteford Lab in November of that year. I am now completing my PhD on the identification of a novel therapeutic target to halt angiogenesis in diabetic retinopathy and other neovascular eye diseases.

I am interested in the immunological consequences of a single nucleotide polymorphism within the ACKR1 gene which is prevalent in African populations.

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My research aims to understand the role of atypical chemokine receptors in the alteration of the immune system and subsequent impacts on tumour growth and progression.

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Michaela Balderstone

PhD Researcher

Dr Caroline Anderson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Maryna Samus

Postdoctoral Researcher

My PhD is focused on investigating the expression and function of ACKR4 in the heart. My work aims to characterise localisation and cell type expression of ACKR4, as well as its effect on heart function and health.

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Stefan Russo

PhD Student

Background:

Physician Surgeon (UNAM, Mexico); MSc. Regenerative Medicine (QMUL, London) 

Current research:

Exosomes and biomaterials for heart failure. Other interests: Immunology, 3D printing, patient specific implants & biofabrication.

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Dr Esteban Ortega

PhD Student

I am a Cardiology SpR based at Barts Hospital and am currently undertaking a PhD investigating the efficacy of stem-cell therapy in patients with DCM.

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Dr Mohsin Hussain

PhD Student

GROUP ALUMNI

Fields of research interest:

Tissue engineering, stem cell therapy

 

Research:

Biomaterials design for epicardial placement of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of myocardial infarction 

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Yaqi You

PhD Student

Graduate of The University of Aberdeen (BSc Sport & Exercise Science) and Queen Mary University of London (MRes Inflammation) with an interest in the role of M2-like macrophages in cardiac repair after myocardial infarction.

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Mihai Podaru

PhD Student

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