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    Michael is a biochemist who studied Biochemistry at Bath University, during this time he spent time at the University of Michigan (USA) and Duke University (USA) for six-month placements. After his studies he worked for a year as a formulations technician at the vaccine company: PowderMed in Oxford. He returned to his studies for a DPhil (PhD) in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) at the University of Oxford. His PhD work was on the application of novel magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy tools to better characterize metabolic alterations that occur during heart disease. Developing this further, he undertook a 2 year post-doc sponsored by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to investigate the translation of his PhD work into human volunteers in the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research. In 2014, Michael was awarded a Novo Nordisk Fellowship, to investigate the effects of fatty acids on the hearts ability to adapt to hypoxia.

    Michael's research involves examining the metabolism of the failing and diseased heart. The healthy heart derives 60-80% of its energy from the burning of fat, the rest from carbohydrates and ketones. During heart disease this carefully balanced use of fuel can become breakdown. Understanding why this is the case and how to prevent the deterioration of this metabolic balance may provide clues on how to better treat heart disease.

    Education/Academic qualification

    DPhil, Doctorate, University of Oxford

    1 Oct 200830 Sep 2012

    Award Date: 22 Sep 2012

    Biochemistry, MSc, University of Bath

    1 Sep 200321 Jul 2007

    Award Date: 21 Jul 2007

    External positions

    Committee Member: Education, Training and Outreach, Biochemical Society

    1 Jan 2019 → …

    Early Career Panel Member, Biochemical Society

    1 Jan 2019 → …

    Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford

    1 Oct 201431 Mar 2018

    BHF Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford

    1 Oct 201230 Sep 2014


    • QP Physiology
    • Metabolism
    • Heart
    • MRI
    • Hypoxia
    • Diabetes
    • 3D Cell culture
    • QH301 Biology
    • Metabolism
    • QM Human anatomy
    • Heart


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