Nine new Fellows announced

Posted by ep256 at Mar 06, 2018 10:55 AM |
The University of Leicester has appointed nine outstanding researchers to Fellowships funded by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WT ISSF)

Appointments have been made across all three Colleges. With this Fellowship scheme we will focus support on the transition to independence and leadership, as well as providing cohort training and transferable skills; we will enhance our culture of discovery-led research and create a sustainable model at Leicester for training the next generation of research leaders and embedding enterprise skills and interdisciplinary ways of working.

The appointments are focused around the four priority areas for the Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF:

Precision Medicine

Ranjit Arnold

Ranjit is a post-doctoral research fellow and Cardiologist. He completed his clinical training in Cardiology in Oxford and a DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine in the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research. His primary interest is in the application of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and the evaluation of its therapy. He is extending this work as a Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow, investigating the potential role of CMR perfusion imaging in diagnosing and risk stratifying patients with suspected coronary disease.

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown is a Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow working with Professor Martha Clokie in the Department of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation. He earned his PhD in microbiology at Oregon State University in 2016. Prior to that he worked as a post-baccalaureate Cancer Research Training Fellow in Donald Court's lab at the National Cancer Institute.  His expertise is in bacterial and bacteriophage genetics and genomics, and microbial community metagenomics. Bacteriophages and bacteriophage therapy - using phages to treat bacterial infections - have been long-term interests for him. He currently seeks to apply data-driven approaches to the problem of making bacteriophage therapy more rational and predictable.

Joshua Vande Hey

Joshua completed a PhD in optical engineering of atmospheric sensors at Loughborough University in 2013.  Since coming to Leicester that year, he has gradually moved from optics and sensor engineering to working with environmental and health data.  Alongside his Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF interdisciplinary research fellowship on health effects of short term variations in weather and air pollution, he holds a NERC knowledge exchange fellowship entitled Aerosol Science for Public Health and Public Policy through Commercial Avenues.  He is currently collaborating with the University of Nairobi to develop air pollution monitoring, health impact assessment and mitigation strategies in Kenya, with Cerner UK, Ltd on the Environmental Population Health Informatics pilot project, and with the ALSPAC cohort on the NERC-MRC ERICA project on environmental resources for cohort studies.


Ethnic Health and Migration

Chiara Batini

With a background in human evolutionary genetics at the University of Leicester, Chiara’s research has focused on the role of culture, sex-biased behaviours and climate in shaping the evolution of human populations in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Chiara will now expand her research interests to phenotypes of clinical relevance and genetic epidemiology approaches. In this context, Chiara will use her Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellowship, to study the genetic architecture of smoking behaviour in individuals of European, African and Asian ancestries using UK Biobank data.

Claire Lawson

Claire is a clinical epidemiologist, lecturer and cardiology nurse. Her NIHR doctoral fellowship undertaken at Keele University focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, heart failure, comorbidity and patient-centred outcomes in primary care and hospital-based settings. She is interested in statistical modelling of longitudinal data with time-varying exposures as well as health informatics. Claire will extend this work in a new direction as a Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow to investigate cardiovascular risk factor trends and aetiological mechanisms in black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. This project will be supported by the East Midlands Centre for BME Health that is based within the Leicester Diabetes Centre, a joint research collaboration between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.


New Health Agendas in The Social Sciences and Humanities

Steven Taylor

Steven is a historian of childhood medicine.  His research explores ideas and constructions of childhood mental health, lay and professional diagnoses, ability and disability, and institutional care. His first monograph, Beyond the Asylum: Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.  Through his Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellowhip, Steven is now developing a new project that examines how children were medicalised in school environments in twentieth-century Britain.


Structural & Chemical Biology (Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology - LISCB)

Ivan Campeotto

Ivan Campeotto obtained his Wellcome Trust PhD in protein crystallography at the University of Leeds before postdoctoral research at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford on structural studies of host-pathogen interactions in the bacteriology and parasitology fields. His Fellowship, funded jointly by the Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF and LISCB, focuses on the mechanisms of infection of two parasite-borne diseases: malaria and Chagas Disease, using a combination of structural, biophysical and computational approaches.

Joanna Fox

Joanna is interested in the regulation and structural architecture of apoptotic proteins complexes which determine cell fate outcomes. More specifically, her Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF/LISCB Fellowship will enable her to examine how key protein complexes assemble and regulate the ability of a cell to commit to intrinsic apoptosis. This detailed analysis provides mechanistic insight into how the apoptotic threshold of cells is determined and may guide future drug development.

Pietro Roversi

Pietro obtained a PhD in structural chemistry from Milano University, Italy (1993-1997), before joining the MRC-LMB in Cambridge (1996-2003) where Pietro was part of the effort that introduced Bayesian statistics to macromolecuar crystallography. Pietro then moved to Oxford (2003-2012) to work as a structural biologist on the complement system in the group of Susan Lea. After a 1-year Ikerbasque Fellowship at the CIC BioGUNE in Bilbao, Spain (2012-2013), Pietro returned to Oxford to the Glycobiology Institute to work on quality control processes involved in glycoprotein folding . This research, which aims to develop therapeutic approaches to rare diseases caused by misfolded glycoproteins, forms the basis for his Leicester-Wellcome Trust ISSF/LISCB Fellowship.

A second call for 12 month Research Fellowships is about to be launched with a closing date for applications of 1st May 2018. Details will be published at and the University job vacancies page.

For further information about the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support scheme, please visit the webpage.

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