Current members

PhD and MSc (Research) students























Visiting Scholars:






















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



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"

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)

Mr Micheal Chhor BSc (Hons)

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

Mrs Claire Richards BSc (Hons)

Thesis title: "Elucidating the mechanisms of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells in placental development and preeclampsia"




Miss Kimberly Sesperez BSc (Hons) 

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

Mr Dillan Pienaar BSc (Hons)


Project title: "The role of Galectin-3 in preeclampsia"

Mr Hao Chen BSc (Hons)

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


Mrs Dinara Alfrose

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

Past members

PhD students

Primary supervision (2015 - 2019):

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

Institute for Reproduction and Perinatal Research (Prof. Michael J Soares' lab)

The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

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: 

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Honours students (2018)

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"

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

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


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"