- Carr Group Research Group
I have given talks about my work to BHF fund-raising groups and to local schools and was interviewed for the local press.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Science
I joined the department in 2003 and in my research I am investigating stem cell therapy for heart failure. I use high resolution magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to measure heart function and characterise the effect of cell therapy on the heart. Having shown that both cardiac progenitor cells isolated from heart tissue and induced pluripotent cells can improve heart function after myocardial infarction, my group is now looking at ways to optimise cell expansion in the lab and cell survival after transplantation.
I started life as a chemist, doing my undergraduate degree and my DPhil in Chemistry at the University of Oxford. I worked with MR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry both within the Chemistry Department here in Oxford and also in industry for Kodak Ltd and Synaptica Ltd. During my DPhil, I used MRS to study the conformation of small molecules in solution and as a post-doc I moved on to study the conformation of larger molecules such as peptides and proteins. Since joining the CMRG, I have been using MR imaging to measure heart function. I am now returning to using spectroscopy, to study metabolic changes in stem cells as they differentiate.
I had a career break to stay at home with my children and returned to science with a Daphne Jackson Fellowship which offers two year part-time research for returners to SET. Fellows carry out a supervised research project and a retraining programme at a UK University or research laboratory. This is an excellent scheme that I recommend to anyone on a career break and looking to return to science.