Swati joined the Stewart lab in September 2015 to work on a Fight for Sight-funded project examining the involvement of serum proteins in the formation of sub-retinal pigment epithelial deposits. Such deposits are a central feature associated with age-related macular degeneration – a common cause of vison loss that affects older adults.
Following completion of his medical degree, Kondwani joined the Stewart lab in June 2015 to take up a PhD studentship in collaboration with the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. He is currently examining the use serum biomarkers in diagnosis of acute phase response and metabolic disease complications.
Dr Siavash Khazaipoul
Siavash initially joined the Stewart lab in April 2012 to carry out a BBSRC-funded project examining the molecular mechanisms responsible for modulating circulatory zinc dyamincs. Since June 2015 he has been working on a BHF-funded project examining the role of circulatory zinc and histidine-rich glycoprotein in regulating blood clotting.
Ben Reilly O’Donnell
Ben joined the Pitt lab in May 2014 as a PhD Student. He was awarded a 600th Anniversary Scholarship from the University of St Andrews. He is currently investigating novel pH control mechanisms in the endo-lysosomal system.
(Co-supervised with Dr Alan Stewart)
Gavin joined the Pitt lab in January 2015 to take up a PhD studentship supported by the BHF. He is currently investigating how zinc modulates intracellular Ca2+-release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum.
(Co-supervised with Dr Samantha Pitt)
Amélie joined the Stewart lab in October 2015 to take up a PhD studentship supported by the BHF. She is examining the roles of histidine-rich glycoprotein and fibrinogen in zinc-dependent heparin neutralisation.
Previous Group Members:
Stewart Group: Dr Mohammed Arastoo (now Leeds Beckett University, UK), Dr Omar Kassaar (now University of Bath, UK), Dr Petra Popovics (now University of Miami, FL, USA), Dr Dagmara Wiatrek (now Masaryk University, Czech Rep.), Dr Ruitao Yu (returned to Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, P.R. China).
Pitt Group: Jason Woodier, Craig Balmforth