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Oxford was the top-rated UK institution in cardiovascular science in the most recent research assessment exercise and is one of four British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centres of Research Excellence in the UK. Particularly notable is the integration of molecular science, physiology, and epidemiology, bringing together researchers with interests in the understanding of cardiac and vascular biology at both the molecular level, the level of the whole organism, and in populations.

Oxford has strong clinical and non-clinical training programmes, and internationally competitive research into nearly all aspects of cardiovascular science takes place in several university departments and institutes. These include the Radcliffe Department of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine Division)Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health SciencesSir William Dunn School of PathologyDepartment of Physiology, Anatomy and GeneticsDepartment of Pharmacology and the Department of Chemistry. The Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine and the Kennedy Institute (which moved to Oxford in 2011) also conduct research in cardiovascular sciences.

There are strong links between all groups working on cardiovascular science through regular internal meetings organized by the BHF Centre for Research Excellence and a strong external seminar programme. A unique feature of the Oxford cardiovascular community is the synergistic interaction of basic scientists with research active clinicians to deliver truly multi-disciplinary training.

BHF-funded Clinical Research Training Fellowships are available for clinicians wishing to undertake research.

BHF-funded Non-Clinical D Phil Training Studentships are available for basic science undergraduates wishing to study for a D Phil by research 

Supervisors in Cardiovascular Sciences


M Sanni Ali

Senior Researcher in Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods

Naomi Allen

Associate Professor in Epidemiology

Jane Armitage

Professor of Clinical Trials and Epidemiology, and Honorary Consultant in ...

Frances Ashcroft

GlaxoSmithKline Royal Society Professor

Colin Baigent

Professor of Epidemiology and Director, MRC PHRU

Louise Bowman

Professor of Medicine & Clinical Trials, and Honorary Consultant Physician ...

Keith Buckler

Associate Professor of Physiology

Richard Bulbulia

Research Fellow, Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford

Rebecca A B Burton

University Research Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow (Linacre College)

James Byrne

Professor of Neuroradiology

Ben Cairns

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Carolyn Carr

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Jennifer Carter

Senior Teaching and Research Fellow, CTSU

Yiping Chen

MRC Study Coordinator and Senior Investigator Scientist

Grant C Churchill

Associate Professor in Chemical Pharmacology

Kieran Clarke

Professor of Physiological Biochemistry

Robert Clarke

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine

David Cutter

Clinical Research Fellow (CTSU) and Consultant Clinical Oncologist (Oxford ...

Sarah Darby

Professor of Medical Statistics

Kay Davies

Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy

Aiden Doherty

Group Leader in Biomedical Data Science

Kim Dora

Professor of Microvascular Pharmacology

Keith Dorrington

Associate Professor of Physiology

Terry Dwyer

Professor of Epidemiology, The George Institute UK

Jonathan Emberson

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

Andrew Farmer

Professor of General Practice

Sarah Floud

Senior Epidemiologist

Antony Galione

Statutory Professor of Pharmacology

John Gallacher

Director, Dementias Platform UK; Professor of Cognitive Health

Christopher J Garland

Professor of Vascular Pharmacology

Alison Halliday

Professor of Vascular Surgery

Ashok Handa

Director of Surgical Education

Lisa Heather

BHF Intermediate Fellow and University Research Lecturer

Carl Heneghan

Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine

Neil Herring

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology and Consultant Cardiologist

Richard Hobbs

Head of Department

Michael Holmes

Associate Professor

Tim Holt

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Jemma Hopewell

Associate Professor & Senior Scientist in Genetic Epidemiology and Clinical ...

Susan Jebb

Professor of Diet and Population Health

Peter Jezzard

Herbert Dunhill Professor of Neuroimaging

Fredrik Karpe

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Ben Lacey

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Ming Lei

Associate Professor

Sarah Lewington

Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Director of Graduate Studies ...

Dan Li

Senior Research Associate

Marion Mafham

Clinical Research Fellow, CTSU

Richard McManus

Professor of Primary Care

Borislava Mihaylova

Associate Professor

Iona Millwood

Senior Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Claudia Monaco

Professor of Cardiovascular Inflammation

David Nunan

Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow

Anant Parekh

Director, Centre for Integrative Physiology

Sarah Parish

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

David Paterson

Head of Department

Rafael Perera

Director Medical Statistics

David Preiss

Associate Professor

Mike Rayner

Professor of Population Health and Director of the Centre on Population ...

Christina Reith

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Paul Riley

BHF Professor of Regenerative Medicine & Chair of Development and Cell Biology

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Angela Russell

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Peter Scarborough

Associate Professor and University Research Lecturer

Iryna Schlackow

Senior Researcher

James Sheppard

University Research Lecturer

Rebecca M A Sitsapesan

Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology

Nicola Smart

BHF Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

Shankar Srinivas

Professor of Developmental Biology

Natalie Staplin

MRC PHRU Senior Statistician

Pawel Swietach

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology

David Taggart

Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery

Paolo Tammaro

Associate Professor in Pharmacology

Katherine Tucker

Senior Researcher

Damian Tyler

Professor of Biomedical Science

Sridhar Vasudevan

University Research Lecturer

Richard Wade-Martins

Professor of Molecular Neuroscience

Robin Walters

MRC PHRU Senior Scientist

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Mark Woodward

Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology

Ling Yang

Senior Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Manuela Zaccolo

Director, Burdon Sanderson Cardiac Sciences Centre