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Impactful scientific discoveries through world-class research

Gene expression function and targets

Mechanistic heart failure research

We use gene expression technologies like RNA-seq, circ-RNA-seq, sc-RNA-seq and spatial transcriptomics to understand pathways and gene expression in the heart and identify new molecules for characterisation

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Functional screening

CRISPR-screening, both conventional and CRISPRi/CRISPRa can facilitate the functional elucidation of genes and pathways in processes in an unbiased and genome wide-scale. We have used this to understand how cardiomyocytes deal with stress and how they differentiate and mature using hESC/ iPSC models. 

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Functional therapeutics

Gene therapy in the form of delivering genes via mRNA, circular RNA and AAV methods in vivo allows us to test pathways and molecules that can influence the heart function and pave the way for new medicinal targets. 


Gene expression profiling

Technologies are rapidly improving year on year. We adopted RNA-seq and scRNA early in the field and identified molecules that change during cardiac stress, cardiomyocyte dedifferentiation. Some included novel RNA species such as long noncoding and circular RNAs.  We are also adopting spatial transcriptomics into selected studies. 

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Long non-coding RNAs (and now micropeptides) and circular RNAs as well as pathways such as dedifferentiation and reprogramming need mechanistic study to understand how to manipulate these processes in heart health and disease. We have and continue to work on a number of these molecules and pathways to identify new drug targets and molecular regulators of heart health and metabolism. 

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