Meet the current members of the lab.

Dr Jovana Serbanovic-Canic (Affiliated Member), Research Fellow


Jovana is a BHF Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellow investigating endothelial mechanoreceptors and how they regulate endothelial cell death in response to mechanical forces. She is using a range of different models and approaches to do this, including zebrafish, murine models and human cells.

Dr Hannah Roddie, Postdoctoral Research Associate


Hannah is a BHF-funded Postdoc working on the role of the transcription factor STAT5A in focal vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis. Prior to taking up this post in the lab, Hannah completed her PhD in the lab of Dr Iwan Evans at the University of Sheffield, working on how the clearance of apoptotic cells controls macrophage fundtion in Drosophila.

Dr Blanca Tardajos Ayllon, Postdoctoral Research Associate


Blanca is a BHF-funded PostDoc working on the role of the TWIST1 gene in endothelial cell plasticity and atherosclerosis. Blanca recently completed her PhD in the lab, which focused on studying the role of the NFkB member C-Rel in shear stress mediated endothelial disfunction and atherosclerosis. 

Dr Mannekomba Diagbouga, Postdoctoral Research Associate


Mannekomba is a BHF-funded PostDoc working on the role of the TWIST1 gene in endothelial cell plasticity and atherosclerosis. Prior to this Mannekomba was a PhD student in the laboratory of Professor Brenda Kwak in Geneva studying the influence of shear stress on intracranial aneurysms.

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George Bowley, PhD Student


George is a third year PhD student funded jointly by NC3Rs and BHF to establish a zebrafish model of the endothelial activation pathways that accompany atherosclerosis. It is hope that his work will develop a new model system of arterial disease that will reduce the use of mice in cardiovascular research.

Ziqi Zhou, PhD Student


Ziqi is a second year PhD student studying the mechanisms linking shear stress to the progression of atherosclerotic plaques into dangerous forms that cause heart attack or stroke.

Past Lab Members.

Post-docs and Research Assistants


Dr Kajus Baidzajevas

Dr Xiuying Li

Dr Celine Souilhol

Lindsay Canham

Dr Hayley Duckles                                      

Dr Feng Shuang                                         

Dr Rosemary Kim                                       

Dr Hayley Duckles                                     

Dr Matthew Bryan                                     

Ms Britta Moers                                          

Dr Sarah Hsiao                                           

Dr Christina Warboys                                 

Dr Kim Van der Heiden                              

Dr Le Luong                                                

Jason Partridge                                         

2020 - 2020

2019 - 2020

2015 - 2019

2015 – 2018

2014 – 2016

2013 – 2018

2013 – 2015

2013 – 2015

2013 - 2015

2013 – 2015

2012 – 2015

2010 – 2012

2008 – 2010

2006 – 2013

2004 – 2005

PhD Students

Daniela Pirri

Blanca Tardajos             

Mr Giannis Xanthis 

Mr Neil Bowden  

Marwa Mahmoud                            

Mr Ismael Gauci                                    

Miss Amalia de Luca                              

Miss Narges Amini                                  

Dr Bao Nguyen                                        

Dr Hatam Naase                                   

Simon Cuhlmann                                  

Mustafa Zakkar                                    

Hera Chaudhury                                     

Karine Enesa              

2016 - 2020

2016 - 2019

2014 – 2017

2013 – 2016

2012 – 2015

2012 – 2015

2009 – 2014

2010 – 2013

2010 – 2013

2010 – 2012

2007 - 2010

2007 – 2010

2006 – 2010

2004 – 2007

MSc and BSc Students


Ingvild Thorbjornsen, Tonje Folkvang, Gunhild Sandvik, Oeyvind Ruud, Chee Phua, Sneha Varkey, Mengshi Yuan, Lucy Esteve, Lisa Storck, Georgia McDonald, Wai-Mun Cheung, Shukti Biswas, Adil Hussain, Simrah Mohammad, Tien-Ying Tsai, Wei Xin, Azira Mohd Noor, Ruud Wichers Schreur, Abigail Pardoe, Neil Patel, Elena Wolodimeroff.