In 1994 Graeme Birdsey graduated with a BSc in Applied Biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University and he then went on to obtain a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from University College London. Dr Birdsey’s PhD thesis and postdoctoral research project in Prof Chris Danpure’s lab at UCL focused on the molecular evolution of the intracellular targeting of the metabolic enzyme alanine:glyoxylate aminotransferase, AGT.
Dr Birdsey continued his scientific training with a two-year postdoctoral position with Dr James Leiper in Prof Patrick Vallance’s group at UCL. The work focused on the regulation of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis by endogenously produced competitive inhibitors (asymmetric methylarginines) of NO synthase enzymes. These molecules have been the subject of considerable interest as elevated levels have been reported in numerous disease states including hypertension, heart failure, renal failure, atherosclerosis, pre-eclampsia and type 2 diabetes.
In 2004, Dr Birdsey moved to NHLI Cardiovascular Sciences at Imperial College as a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Prof Anna Randi. Currently, he is a Lecturer in Vascular Sciences within the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine.
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