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Dr Kerrie Ford

Dr Kerrie Ford

Dr Kerrie Ford
BA(Cantab.)(Hons), PGCert(Nott.), PhD(Cantab.)

Research Associate

Area of research

Non-coding RNAs in ischaemic heart disease and type 2 diabetes

Office Room 20
Level 7,
Bristol Royal Infirmary, Upper Maudlin Street BS2 8HW
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 34 22336

Research summary

My research explores how the expression of genetic information changes in heart disease, how this is regulated by non-coding RNAs, and the impact of these changes on cardiac physiology. I am also interested in how these changes are reflected in non-coding RNAs leaving the heart in the blood circulation, with a view to identifying novel diagnostic or prognostic markers. The main part of my research focuses on these areas in the context of ischaemic heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but I am also developing similar work in cardio-oncology, as cardiac toxicity is a common side effect of certain chemotherapies ...

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Biography

I completed my doctoral training in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, where I studied the regulation of the IP3-mediated calcium signalling pathway using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. I developed expertise in a range of molecular biology techniques and confocal calcium imaging using genetically-encoded calcium indicators. In particular I was interested in the role of calcium signalling in rhythmic behaviours, which naturally led to my first postdoctoral position studying calcium signalling in the heart, at the Burdon Sanderson Cardiac Science Centre, University of Oxford. I demonstrated that the relationship between acidosis, a key feature of myocardial ...

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