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Rita Alonaizan

BSc, MSc

DPhil candidate

  • DPAG Graduate Student Representative

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences – Developmental Biology from University College London in 2013 where I investigated zebrafish left-right asymmetry development in Dr. Masa Tada’s laboratory. I was then awarded a Master of Science degree in Clinical Embryology from the University of Oxford in 2015 where I joined Dr. Karl Morten’s laboratory for a research project on induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cell metabolism. 

In 2016, I was awarded King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre funding to start my DPhil in Prof. Carolyn Carr’s group researching cardiac cell therapy. My research aims to better define cardiac nonmyocyte populations found in the adult mouse heart by detailed examination of their expression profile at the single cell level, and to optimise cell therapy for cardiac repair following myocardial infarction by enhancing the retention of the transplanted cells using microRNAs.