Deputy Head of Department
- 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.
Hypothalamic remodeling of thyroid hormone signaling during hibernation in the arctic ground squirrel.
Chmura HE. et al, (2022), Commun Biol, 5
Characterisation of a mural cell network in the murine pituitary gland.
O'Hara L. et al, (2020), J Neuroendocrinol, 32
Circadian clock mechanism driving mammalian photoperiodism.
Wood SH. et al, (2020), Nat Commun, 11
Reimagining the hibernating brain: Hypothalamic remodeling in an arctic hibernator
Chmura HE. et al, (2020), INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 60, E37 - E37
Ultrastructural Changes of Reproductive Neuroendocrine and Endocrine Responding Cells Associated with Circannual Timing in a Hibernating Mammal
Duncan CM. et al, (2020), INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 60, E61 - E61