Mechanotransduction in blood cells and consequences for thrombosis and inflammation

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Department
Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health
Location
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professoe Karlheinz Peter karlheinz.peter@unimelb.edu.au
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Sara Baratchi sara.baratchi@rmit.edu.au

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

Cardiometabolic



Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
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

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health

Research Node

Austin Health

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