Imperial College London

Dr Neil Dufton

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Honorary Research Associate



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Career Summary


Neil Dufton graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc (Hon) Pharmacology in 2006. He went on to undertake a PhD at the William Harvey Research Institute within the Bart's and the London Medical School with Professors Perretti and Flower. The project focused on the interaction of the anti-inflammatory protein Annexin 1 with its receptor FPR2/ALX  in regulating innate immunology and the resolution of inflammation.

In 2010 he moved to Canada for two years to work with Professor John Wallace at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, McMaster University investigating the role of hydrogen sulfide gas in regulating inflammation. 

Neil became a post-doctoral research associate at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College London in 2012 with Prof. Anna Randi. Neil's current research interests include vascular inflammation, endothelial homeostasis and angiogenesis.

Heart Emojis

Widefield imaging of whole heart slices

Illustration and Public engagement

Neil has a keen interest communicating his research through art and public engagement projects. Neil has been shortlisted for a number of imaging competitions, winning two and has an image published in the National Geographic (March 2018). He also has two of his illustrations curated by the Wellcome Image Collection.

Collagen Web

Microvascular network in the heart (BHF imaging awards 2018)


At the NHLI he is actively involved with public engagement as scientific consultant on an interactive exhibit Blood Lines and the Heart and Lung Repair Shop (click on the link to see his shop demo about blood vessel growth). Outside of Imperial Neil has worked with animators Genetic Moo to develop at interactive blister model as part of Silent Signals a Wellcome Trust funded project produced by Animate. In 2018 Neil setup the I Cell project that will look to utilise imagery, symbols and emojis to help communicate scientific research.




Peghaire C, Dufton N, Lang M, et al., 2019, The transcription factor ERG regulates a low shear stress-induced anti-thrombotic pathway in the microvasculature, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-17

Issitt T, Bosseboeuf E, De Winter N, et al., 2019, Neuropilin-1 controls endothelial homeostasis by regulating mitochondrial function and iron-dependent oxidative stress via ABCB8, Iscience, Vol:11, ISSN:2589-0042, Pages:205-223

Nowak-Sliwinska P, Alitalo K, Allen E, et al., 2018, Consensus guidelines for the use and interpretation of angiogenesis assays, Angiogenesis, Vol:21, ISSN:0969-6970, Pages:425-532

Dufton NP, peghaire CR, Osuna-Almagro L, et al., 2017, Dynamic regulation of canonical TGFβ signaling by endothelial transcription factor ERG protects from liver fibrogenesis, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-14

Perbellini F, Watson SA, Scigliano M, et al., 2017, Investigation of cardiac fibroblasts using myocardial slices, Cardiovascular Research, Vol:114, ISSN:1755-3245, Pages:77-89

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