Deputy Head of Department
- Director of Graduate Studies
- Director of Teaching and Education
- University Lecturer
Helen Christian gained a degree in Pharmacology in 1993 (University of Edinburgh) and a doctorate in Pharmacology in 1997 (University of London). She came to the Department of Human Anatomy, Oxford in 1996 funded by a one year post-doctoral fellowship before taking up a Departmental Lectureship in Human Anatomy in 1997. Since 2000 she has been a University Lecturer in Biomedicine and Fellow of St Anne’s College. She was awarded a University of Oxford Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and an OxTalent award for innovative teaching in 2011.
Helen Christian's research interests are in the mechanisms of steroid hormone regulation of the pituitary gland, in particular the role of Annexin 1. The Annexins are a well conserved super-family of structurally related Ca2+ - and phospholipids-binding proteins with wide-ranging functions in health and disease. Annexin 1 is a 37kD protein that is induced by glucocorticoids and mediates glucocorticoid action within the host defence and neuroendocrine systems.
The Role of NAADP-Mediated Endo-Lysosomal Calcium Release in the Cardiac Atria
Capel RA. et al, (2020), BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 118, 568A - 568A
Pituitary cell translation and secretory capacities are enhanced cell autonomously by the transcription factor Creb3l2.
Khetchoumian K. et al, (2019), Nat Commun, 10
S100a4-Cre-mediated deletion of Patched1 causes hypogonadotropic hypogonadism: role of pituitary hematopoietic cells in endocrine regulation.
Ren YA. et al, (2019), JCI Insight, 5
Disentangling juxtacrine from paracrine signalling in dynamic tissue.
Momiji H. et al, (2019), PLoS Comput Biol, 15
Ultrastructural Changes Within the Pituitary Associated with Reproductive Timing in a Hibernating Mammal
Duncan CM. et al, (2019), INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 59, E305 - E305