Rijan Gurung

Research Fellow

I’m a vascular biologist by training with a keen research interest in smooth muscle biology. I trained under Prof Lucie Clapp at University College London where I did my PhD studying circulating smooth muscle-derived biomarkers in pulmonary arterial hypertension. I then did my first post-doc under Prof Marilena Loizidou also at UCL where we studied the role of circulating extracellular vesicles in carcinomas including colorectal and thyroid cancer. At Foo Lab, I revisited my vascular roots and delved into the study of cell states in cardiovascular diseases. My current work revolves around the study of smooth muscle phenotypic switching in atherosclerotic disease utilizing certain technologies such as spatial and single-cell transcriptomics, and CRISPR.