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Nikita Ved


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • EPA Cephalosporin Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College, Oxford
  • Stipendiary Lecturer, Merton College, Oxford

Targeting immunomodulation following cardiac injury

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Professor Paul Riley's group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. 

I studied neuroscience at the University of Bristol for my undergraduate degree and obtained my PhD from University College London in 2016, working on the anti-angiogenic therapy for diabetic retinopathy at the Institute of Ophthalmology. During this time, I also investigated the effects of VEGF splice variants in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy in collaboration with the University of Nottingham. In 2015 I was awarded the British Microcirculation Society Young Investigators Prize for my work on microvascular dysfunction in the diabetic retina.

In 2016 I was awarded a Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, investigating how pre-existing maternal diabetes induces embryonic heart defects with Dr Duncan Sparrow and Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft. I am also continuing research into how hyperglycaemia/hypoinsulinemia affects the retinal microvasculature.

I am now investigating how functional manipulation of the cardiac lymphatic vasculature impacts upon the immune response to improve heart function and remodelling after a heart attack.