Projects per year
I am a Chancellors Research Fellow, examining the role of mitochondria in the normal function of cells of the brain (neurons, glia and cerebrovasculature), as well as the role that mitochondria play in protecting or contributing to neurodegeneration or dysfunction in disease. Current particular areas of focus include alterations in mitochondrial motility and functionality due to amyloid-β or hyperglycaemia.
My primary research interest is in mitochondria, with a particular focus on the involvement of these small organelles with calcium signalling processes and the changes associated with age and diseases. I use high-speed and timelapse fluorescence imaging to visualise and modulate mitochondria and calcium signals within live cells and tissue.
I teach on both the Biomedical Sciences and MPharm degree programs and am course coordinator for the in MSc Neuroscience & Mental Health, as well as module coordinator for year 3 MPharm Management of Cardiovascular Conditions. I host Masters students in the lab - MSc, MSci and MRes projects, in addition to supervising/co-supervising 2 PhD students and 2 EngD students.
Expertise & Capabilities
I am the University representative for The Physiological Society (https://www.physoc.org/) - please do contact me with any queries relating to membership, grant applications, conferences or any other aspect of support that the Society offers.
Core lab techniques and capabilities include:
- primary neuronal / glial / smooth muscle cell isolation and culture
- live-cell fluorescence imaging (Ca2+, organelle transport, ROS etc)
- image analysis & quantification
Academic / Professional qualifications
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
PhD (Dundee / Buck Institute for Age Research, CA)
BSc (Hons) (Aberdeen)
- Vascular smooth muscle
- Fluorescence microscopy
Development of novel, automated analyses for the quantification of cellular and sub-cellular dynamics from fluorescence video-microscopy
1/09/20 → 11/09/21
Project: Internally funded project
Sunitinib and imatinib display differential cardiotoxicity in adult rat cardiac fibroblasts that involves a role for calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase IIMcMullen, C. J., Chalmers, S., Wood, R., Cunningham, M. R. & Currie, S., 1 Feb 2021, In: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. 7, 15 p., 630480.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Susan Chalmers (Presenter)23 Sep 2019
Activity: Other activity types › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation