Mechanotransduction in blood cells and consequences for thrombosis and inflammation

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research
Department / Centre
Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Karlheinz Peter
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Sara Baratchi

Summary This project will determine the effects of blood flow on immune cell function and identify receptors that control such effects.

Project Details

This project will study the effect of shear stress and mechanotransduction in blood cells such as platelets and various immune cells to identify specific mechanoreceptors responsible for the regulation of monocyte adhesion, activation and inflammatory responses, and ultimately atherosclerotic plaque formation and instability/ rupture. Shear stress associated with blood flow is a major determinant of vascular function and homeostasis. Different degrees of mechanical stress and blood flow dynamics regulate different aspects of immunity, cellular adhesion and migration, which are essential for the development of atherosclerosis, as well as in adaptive and innate humoral immunity. How changes in shear stress control immune responses is an emerging area of research. However, definitive evidence showing that immunity is subject to the mechanical forces resulting from blood flow is lacking.

The aim of this project is to elucidate the mechanosensory complexes that are mediating the cellular responses to blood flow dynamics at both physiological as well as pathological levels. This will be achieved through the use of advanced imaging techniques, microfluidics, animal models and clinical samples.

School Research Themes


Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Atherothrombosis and Vascular Biology Group

Research Node

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

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