As a postdoctoral scientist in Professor Robin Choudhury’s Group and a Fulford Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College I work on the role of extracellular vesicles in inflammation.
Cells within our body can transcribe, package and deliver messages to other cells, through the generation of nano-sized bubble-shaped envelopes, called extracellular vesicles (EV). Within their enclosed spheres, these messages contain potent instructions that can alter the behaviour and intended biological function of its recipients, which include the very motile and sensitive cells of the immune system. I am uncovering how these shielded messages provoke the immune system into action after a heart attack. Immune system activation after a heart attack directly contributes to further injury and this in turn impacts patient health and well-being.