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Personal Statement

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.

Research Interests

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. 

Teaching Interests

I teach on both the Biomedical Sciences and MPharm degree programs and am class co-ordinator for MP323 "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)


  • Mitochondria
  • Calcium
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Vascular smooth muscle
  • Fluorescence microscopy

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Projects 2012 2024

Research Output 2003 2020

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MYC regulates fatty acid metabolism through a multigenic program in claudin-low triple negative breast cancer

Casciano, J. C., Perry, C., Cohen-Nowak, A. J., Miller, K. D., Voorde, J. V., Zhang, Q., Chalmers, S., Sandison, M. E., Lui, Q., Hedley, A., McBryan, T., Tang, H-Y., Gorman, N., Beer, T., Speicher, D. W., Adams, P. D., Lui, X., Schlegel, R., McCarron, J. G., Wakelam, M. J. O. & 3 others, Gottlieb, E., Kossenkov, A. V. & Schug, Z. T., 16 Jan 2020, In : British Journal of Cancer. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms
Fatty Acids
Computational Biology
CD36 Antigens
Platelet-Derived Growth Factor beta Receptor

Mitochondrial motility decreases with cell age, amyloid-β oligomers or hyperglycaemia in hippocampal cells

Rooney, R., Al-Bazi, S., Kim, S. J., Saunter, C. D. & Chalmers, S., 17 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Activities 2016 2019

Career Carousel: opting for a career in science

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3 Oct 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Explorathon 2019 European Researchers Outreach Event

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23 Sep 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation


Public engagement/education with p4 pupils at Kelvindale Primary School

Susan Chalmers (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEducation, Public understanding, information and debate