Lab Members

IMG_20150909_145807Dr Swati Arya

Research Fellow (Post-doc)

Swati initially 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 in age-related macular degeneration. Since September 2017 she has been working on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project focussed on circulatory zinc handling and it’s impact on cellular uptake.

IMG_20150724_104752Dr Kondwani Katundu

PhD Student

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 KhazSiavashaipoul

Research Fellow (Post-doc)

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’Donnellreilly

PhD Student

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. 

robertsonGavin Robertson

(Co-supervised with Dr Alan Stewart)

PhD Student

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.

IMG_20151105_162147Amélie Sobczak

(Co-supervised with Dr Samantha Pitt)

PhD Student

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 University of Aberdeen, 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