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Teaching Interests

I currently teach on both the Biomedical Sciences and MPharm degree programs. I 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.

Personal Statement

I am a Chancellors Research Fellow, examining the role of mitochondria in neurodegeneration and age-associated decline of the cerebrovasculature.

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. 


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

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Projects 2012 2024

Home Office Project Licence P73667397

Chalmers, S.


Project: Non-funded project

Research Output 2003 2019

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

Abstract 1441: MYC expression promotes lipid metabolism and metabolic plasticity in human mammary epithelial cell

Casciano, J. C., Cohen-Nowak, A., Vande Voorde, J., Zhang, Q., Chalmers, S., Sandison, M., Hedley, A., McBryan, T., Beer, T., Tang, H-Y., Speicher, D. W., Adams, P., Liu, X., Schlegel, R., McCarron, J., Wakelam, M. J., Gottlieb, E. & Schug, Z. T., 31 Jul 2018, In : Cancer Research. 78, 13 Suppl, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference Contribution

Open Access
Lipid Metabolism
Epithelial Cells
Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms
Breast Neoplasms

Activities 2016 2019

Mitochondrial morphology & motility alterations with age, hyperglycaemia and amyloid

Susan Chalmers (Speaker)
16 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

BNA Festival of Neuroscience 2019

Susan Chalmers (Participant)
14 Apr 201917 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Public engagement/education with p4 pupils at Kelvindale Primary School

Susan Chalmers (Participant)

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