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Current members

Postdoctoral Researchers

 PhD students



Research Assistants
Ms Claire Rennie
Project title: "Luminescent Nanoparticles for Controlled Localized Release of Immunomodulatory Agents"

Honours students 

Mr William Law
Project title: Determining the FKBPL-mediated inflammatory mechanisms in cardiovascular health
Miss Prakriti Siwakoti
Project title: Evaluating luminescent nanoparticle for controlled release of drugs for type 1 diabetes

Mr Hao Chen (2021 -2025)
Project title: "Understanding pathogenesis to develop better treatments for respiratory disease"

Ms Djurdja Jerotic (2018-2021)
Project title: "Association of Nrf2, SOD2 and GPX1 Polymorphisms with Biomarkers of Oxidative Distress and Survival in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients"

Dr Hermily-Lourdes Geronimo (PhD part-time; 2019 - 2025)

Project title: "A double-blind, randomised, placebo- controlled trial investigating the effect of Plasmaide supplement on the serum cardiometabolic profile"

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Ms Sahar Ghorbanpour Diploma Engineering MSc BSc

PhD thesis: Investigating novel angiogenesis mechanism of neovascularisation.

Previous position: Research Assistant at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB)

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Mr Micheal Chhor BSc (Hons)

PhD thesis: "Determining the Role of the FKBPL Pathway in Endothelial Dysfunction and Cardiac Fibrosis"

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Mrs Claire Richards BSc (Hons)

Thesis title: "The development of novel three-dimensional models of the placenta and therapeutic strategies for preeclampsia"




Mr Dillan Pienaar BSc (Hons)


Project title: "New 3D models of placental tissue to elucidate pathogenic mechanisms and develop better treatements for preeclampsia"

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Mrs Dinara Alfrose

Project title: "Targeting oxidative stress in preeclampsia with mesenchymal stem cell secretome"

Past members

PhD students

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Dr Ross McNally PhD BSc (Hons) Genetics

PhD thesis: "The role of a novel anti-angiogenic protein, FKBPL, in

pre-eclampsia"; Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast (2015 - 2019)


Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Reproductive Science

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Northwestern University


Dr Abdelrahim Alqudah PhD BPharm

PhD thesis: "The role of FKBPL in diabetes and associated cardiovascular health"; Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast (2016 - 2019)

Current position: 

Assistant Professor

The Hashemite Univeristy

School of Pharmcy

Co-supervision (2014-2018)


Dr Stephanie Annett

PhD thesis: "The role of FKBPL and its peptide derivatives in targeting stemness"; School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast

Current position: 


RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland

Honours students (2018 - 2022)

Mr Sargon Lazar BSc (Hons) (2019) - primary supervision


Project title: "The role of an immunophilin protein, FKBPL, in cardiac dysfunction associated with type 2 diabetes"

Mr Hao Chen BSc (Hons) (2020) - primary supervision

Thesis title: "Novel Biomarkers for Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)"

Ms Claire Richards (Hons) (2020) - primary supervision

Project title: "The role of a novel anti-angiogenic protein, FKBPL, in preeclampsia"

Miss Ingrid Aneman BSc (Hons) (2020) - primary supervision

Project title: "Novel protein and miRNA biomarkers in diagnosis of different subtypes of preeclampsia"

Miss Kimberly Sesperez BSc (Hons)  (2020) - primary supervision

Project title: "Pre-eclampsia and cardiovascular disease: evaluating FKBPL and CD44 as biomarkers"

Mr Dillan Pienaar BSc (Hons) (2020) - primary supervisor

Project title: "The role of Galectin-3 in the pathogenesis of preclampsia"

Mr Eitan Ben-Sefer BSc (Hons) (2020) - co-supervision

Project title: "Determining the role of FKBPL in 3D cardiac spheroids"

Ms Clara Liu Chung Ming BSc (Hons) (2020) - co-supervision

Project title: "The Role of the Acetylcholine  in Cardiovascular Regeneration."

Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr Naomi Todd (2017-2019)

Project title: "A Novel and Early Biomarker and a Regulator of Preeclampsia"

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