Latest news from the lab.
Blanca Shortlisted for Young Investigator Award
Congratulations to Blanca who has been shortlisted for a Young Investigator Award from the British Cardiovascular Society. Blanca will travel to Manchester on 8th June to present her talk in person (what a novelty!) at the BCS annual conference. We all wish her the best of luck and will be sure to pack her off with plenty of face masks, alcohol gel and good vibes. Let's hope she remembers to wear her lucky pants - not that she'll need them!
Daniela has passed her PhD viva!
Congratulations to Daniela who successfully defended her thesis in her PhD viva, passing with minor corrections. Daniela is now working as a vascular science Postdoc at Imperial College London.
Blanca has passed her PhD viva!
Congratulations are in order for Blanca who successfully defended her thesis in her PhD viva, passing with only very few minor corrections, and in record time. Blanca will start her Postdoctoral position in the lab in May, where whe will work on TWIST1 in the vascular endothelium and its role in atherosclerosis.
BHF Programme Grant Renewed
We're so happy to reveal that Paul's BHF Programme grant has been renewed. The BHF have awarded £800,000 which will fund work into a gene expressed in the endothelium which is known to promote atherosclerosis. The project aims to identify a drug to target this gene and "switch it off", thus providing a potential therapeutic target to reduce atherosclerosis. You can read more about this story here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/doctors-of-future-to-switch-off-genes-causing-heart-attacks-1.873896
NC3Rs Board Membership for Paul
Paul has been announced as a new member of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) board. The NC3Rs is a UK-based scientific organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing (the 3Rs). Read more about this news story here:
ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
We are pleased to announce that Paul has joined the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science. This Council exists to raise the profile of basic science within the ESC through research, meetings including the flagship Frontiers meeting, awards and other activities.
Review Published in Nature Reviews Cardiology
We're delighted to say that a review written by various members of the lab has been published in Nature Reviews Cardiology. The review focuses on how developmental signaling pathways known to be involved in embryonic development are regulated by shear stress in adult arteries, and proposes that these pathways evolved to orchestrate vascular development, but can also drive atherosclerosis at sites of low shear stress in adult arteries.
Royal Society of Biology Fellowship
We're very pleased to announce that the Royal Society of Biology has elected Paul as one of its fellows. Congratulations Paul!
Marshall Young Investigator Prize awarded to Dr Marwa Mahmoud
Congratulations to Dr Marwa Mahmoud for being awarded the 2018 Bernard and Joan Marshall Early Career Investigator Prize for her work on the the role of Twist1 in regulating endothelial responses to flow. The prize is awarded for outstanding research by an ECR. Pictured left are Dr Karen Porter (BSCR Chair; far left), Professor Hanjoong Jo (BSCR Outstanding Investigator; second from left) and Dr Mahmoud (centre). Pictured right are a clearly-delighted Paul with Marwa!
ATVB Cover Art Award
The Paul Evans lab has been awarded the 2017 Cover Art Award from the journal ATVB. Their image was featured on the January edition and was voted as the best cover in 2017 by the ATVB Editors, Editorial Board and social media users. The accompanying paper by Dr Jovana Serbanovic-Canic and colleagues depicts a new zebrafish model for functional screening of flow sensitive genes and their ATVB cover image shows a wall shear stress map in the pig aortic arch generated using magnetic resonance imaging and computational fluid dynamics. Pictured are Dr Jovana Serbanovic-Canic, Professor Paul Evans and his group and Professor Tim Chico with their Award and ATVB mugs featuring the winning image.
Left: Blanca celebrating her win with two pints of Kronenbourg and some chips. We basically had to restrain her to stop her from joining in with the lads on the table behind doing jaeger bombs. Right: Blanca presenting her winning talk with YIA chair and judge Prof Pier Lambiase (bottom left) and YIA chair Dr Sanjay Sinha (bottom right).
Blanca Wins Young Investigator Award
You know how we were just saying that Blanca had been shortlisted for a Young Investigator Award from the British Cardiovascular Society? Well she only went and bloody won it! Huge congratulations to Blanca, who has worked incredibly hard and is a massive clever clogs and all-round good egg. She thoroughly deserved to win this prestigious accolade and we're all extremely proud!