Susan Chalmers

Lecturer B

Teaching Interests

PhD Opportunity

Modelling neurodegenerative disease in microdevices: engineering systems to enable longitudinal, high-resolution, live-tissue imaging of ex vivo brain slices

This is a fully-funded PhD (EU/UK students) that will involve high-resolution imaging of live neuronal cells and tissues plus novel microfabrication/engineering approaches to answer fundamental questions about neurodegenerative disease.

Deadline 11 March 2016, apply via FindaPhD.com or University website (https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=72821&LID=1467; http://spider.science.strath.ac.uk/sipbs/project.php?ID=245)

Personal Statement

I am a Chancellors Research Fellow, examining the role of mitochondria in neurodegeneration and age-associated decline of the cerebrovasculature.

PhD Opportunity

Modelling neurodegenerative disease in microdevices: engineering systems to enable longitudinal, high-resolution, live-tissue imaging of ex vivo brain slices

This is a fully-funded PhD (EU/UK students) that will involve high-resolution imaging of live neuronal cells and tissues plus novel microfabrication/engineering approaches to answer fundamental questions about neurodegenerative disease.

Deadline 11 March 2016, apply via FindaPhD.com or University website (https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=72821&LID=1467; http://spider.science.strath.ac.uk/sipbs/project.php?ID=245)

Research Interests

My primary research interest is in mitochondria, with a particular focus on the involvement of these small organelles with calcium signalling processes and the changes associated with age and diseases. I use high-speed and timelapse fluorescence imaging to visualise and modulate mitochondria and calcium signals within live cells and tissue. I have shown that mitochondrial dynamics are uncommon in non-proliferating smooth muscle cells or intact cerebral arteries but are extensive and necessary for vascular smooth muscle proliferation, presenting a novel therapeutic opportunity for vascular disease.

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Research areas

  • Mitochondria, Calcium, Neurodegeneration, Vascular smooth muscle, Fluorescence microscopy
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