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Sonali Munshaw

Postgraduate Student


I completed an MSc in Biochemistry from the University Of Madras, India, ranked 2nd at the University. I joined the Experimental Radiation Therapeutic Group at the University of Oxford to study radiopharmaceutical treatment of Breast Cancer. I had an opportunity to work with Dr Garry Brown at Department of Biochemistry and research into various aspects of the biochemistry and genetics of mitochondrial disease, with a particular focus on Leigh syndrome and mechanisms of neuropathology.  I subsequently joined Nicola Smarts’ Group at Department Of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics at University Of Oxford where I had an opportunity to explore the fields of Cardiac Regeneration and Vascular Protection.

While I always aspired to study for a DPhil, my increasing interest in the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease really motivated me to apply and inspired my choice of project. I was awarded a prestigious MRC studentship and in 2018, I commenced the MRC 3-Year Non-Clinical PhD Studentship at the University of Oxford, as a Postgraduate Student of Wolfson College. I have had an opportunity to present my work, both within the UK and abroad, and won awards, including runner-up in the BCS Young Investigator Award 2019. My doctoral research will explore the therapeutic potential of Thymosin β4 in aortic diseases and its role in regulating the extracellular matrix to protect the vasculature.  

Re-activated Epicardial Cells with Power to Repair