Novel regenerative therapies in cardiovascular diseases

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department / Centre
Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health
Location
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Karlheinz Peter Karlheinz.Peter@baker.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr SMRITI MURALI KRISHNA smriti.krishna@unimelb.edu.au 0400463101 Personal web page
Dr Xiaowei Wang xiaowei.wang@baker.edu.au

Summary Cardiovascular regenerative medicine is an exciting new approach that promises to change the current care of million people world-wide. The main objective of this project is to study the molecular mechanisms that result in promoting regeneration in damaged tissues. We will employ various experimental approaches to focus on different regenerative strategies including a broad spectrum of techniques such as stem cell derived exosomes.

Project Details

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), principally ischemic heart disease including myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, are the leading cause of global mortality and a major contributor to disability. The underlying cause of most CVDs is the formation of lipid laden atherosclerotic plaques in medium and large arteries, such as those that supply the heart and brain with blood. Unstable or “vulnerable” atherosclerotic plaques are prone to spontaneous rupture, causing acute thrombosis (blood clots), occlusion, and MI. The degree of myocardial injury and cardio-myocyte death depends on the size of the infarct area, the duration of ischemia and the efficiency of reperfusion after MI. Loss of a large number of cardio-myocytes subsequently causes pathological remodelling and heart failure where the normal tissue is replaced by fibrous scar tissue. Regenerative therapies aims to treat MI by inducing cardio-myocyte proliferation and promoting cardiac regeneration.

The main objective of this project is to study the molecular mechanisms that result in promoting regeneration in damaged tissues. We will employ various experimental approaches to focus on different regenerative strategies including a broad spectrum of techniques such as stem cell derived exosomes and nanoparticles.

In this research we will use techniques such as:

  • Translational animal models
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Multiphoton Microscopy
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Cell Culture
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Molecular assays


Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Ageing, Cardiometabolic



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 Node

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

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