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Dr James Smith


James completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham with a focus on mesenchymal stem cells and the extracellular matrix. He undertook post-doctoral training at the University of Nottingham developing automated manufacture technologies for human pluripotent stem cells, and was later appointed as a senior research fellow, using CRISPR gene editing and hiPSCs as tools to investigate cardiovascular disease. James set up his group at UEA in 2019.


Ben Johnson

PhD Student

Ben joins the lab with a MSc in Stem Cell Technology from the University of Nottingham. His PhD project is investigating the role of proteoglycans in cardiac disease.


Terri Holmes

PhD Student

Terri joins the lab following her MSci with First Class Honours in Biochemistry at UEA. Her PhD project is investigating intercellular signalling in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


Johannes Reinhold

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine

Johannes joins the lab with interests in both clinical and basic science research. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2018, and his current research focus will explore mitochondrial changes during iron deficiency.


Isabella Aung

Clinical MRes

Izzy joined the lab for a 1Yr clinical MRes program in 2022 with a focus on metabolic changes during cardiac iron deficiency. Izzy also completed her degree in biomedicine at UEA.


Chris Davis

Placement Year

Chris joined the lab for his 2022 placement year as part of his biological sciences degree. Chris will be studying the effects of SGLT2 inhibitors on cardiac cell function.

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