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We welcome enquiries from PhD-qualified researchers from all countries outside the UK wishing to apply for a European Commission-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to come to work with us at Aston. Subject areas might include inflammation, extracellular vesicles, cell death and the regulation of innate immune responses. Please contact Andrew Devitt for further details.
Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research
Member of the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing
Member of the Biology and Pharmacy Teaching Programmes
UK Centre for Bioscience Representative
Extracellular vesicles (EV) – understanding the molecular mechanisms of tissue homeostasis and repair.
Refining an in vitro system of predictive biomarkers of in vivo liposome efficacy.
2015 – 2019
Secretome of canine mesenchymal stem cells. BBSRC iCASE £90,000. Co-I with Dr WEB Johnson.
2015 – 2018
How death influences life: Unlocking the apoptotic cell-derived extracellular vesicle (acdEV) and linking composition to immune function. BBSRC responsive mode grant: £555,823). Collaborative grant with co-Is Dr Sam Griffiths-Jones (Manchester); Profs Griffiths & Perrie (Aston) and Prof Charles Serhan (Harvard Medical School, Boston, US).
2014 - 2018
A2D: attracted to death -understanding how extracellular vesicles interact with the immune system. BBSRC iCASE £94,126.
2013 – 2014
Towards an in vitro system of predictive biomarkers of in vivo liposome efficacy. Nc3Rs £74,625.
Drawn towards death – understanding this morbid fascination. British Society for Cell Biology: Studentship.
Characterisation of transglutaminase-2 activity on human macrophages and its role in chemoattraction to apoptotic bodies released during cell death. Wellcome Trust Studentship.
2009 - 2012
Evaluation of monocyte/macrophage function throughout the ageing process. BBSRC Targeted Priority Studentship.
2009 – 2012
Analysis of the role of transglutaminase 2 in a macrophage function. Aston University Bursary Scheme.
2008 – 2011
Characterisation of the innate immune system in the clearance of apoptotic cells. Aston University Studentship.
2007 - 2010
Investigation of molecular mechanisms underlying the role of ICAM-3 in the phagocytic clearance of apoptotic leukocytes. BBSRC Research Grant £444,088.
Characterisation of the molecular constitution of apoptotic bodies released during cell death and their role in macrophage chemoattraction. Biochemical Society Studentship.
A versatile stem cell model of Alzheimer's disease. Co-applicant with Prof. Coleman, Dr. Eric Hill and Dr Ann Vernallis
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