Amy Nicks

Recipient of scholarship

Amy is a first year PhD student at the University of Leeds, UK. She is currently performing her research at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute with the Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics Division.

Amy is interested in the ability of stem cell factor receptor (c-kit) inactivation to allow cardiomyocyte proliferation in the adult heart. Her aim is to find a pharmacological intervention that inactivates c-kit, thereby enabling the heart to increase its number of cardiomyocytes in response to hypertensive stress. This could lead to enhanced contractility and improved survival or cardiomyocytes.

Amy graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Human Physiology with a year in industry, undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline leading to the development of an in vitro safety assay using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.

Amy is supported by Stem Cells Australia (SCA) and is jointly supervised by Prof. Bob Graham, Dr. Siiri Iismaa and Dr. Nicola Smith, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Prof. Derek Steele, University of Leeds.

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