Academic Staff Promotions in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease.

The Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease is delighted to congratulate its newly promoted Senior Lecturers and Chairs.

Colin BingleColin Bingle has recently been appointed Professor of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease. After initially been appointed by Professor Moira Whyte to support the development of molecular and cell biology within the in Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine, Colin has developed a wide range of interests. His research background has been focused on lung epithelial cell biology since he undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University in St Louis in 1991. Latterly, he has expanded his interest into the fields of genetics, comparative genomics and innate immunity of mucosal surfaces, including the in the lung, oral and nasal cavities. Much of his work in the past 15 years has been focused on a novel (and enigmatic) family of proteins (BPI Fold containing proteins/PLUNCs) secreted into the mucosal surface lining fluids within the respiratory tract and nasal and oral cavities. During this time his work has been funded by a number of bodies including the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and the British Lung Foundation and he has established a large network of collaborators across the world.

Outside of his research interests, Colin is committed to science education and is active in a number of international societies. He has organised a number of scientific meetings across the world. He has served in a number of capacities with Biochemical Society where he is now Editor of Biochemical Society Transactions. He also has undertaken a number of committee roles within a range of profession societies and grant bodies, including sitting on the Council of both the Biochemical Society and the European Respiratory Society. Colin believes that for the most part someone has paid him to do his hobby for over twenty years and hopes that he will continue to find that science is fun.

Julian GunnJulian Gunn has been appointed Professor of Interventional Cardiology within the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield. Julian was previously Reader in Interventional Cardiology in the same department. He is also Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has recently been appointed Insigneo Fellow in recognition of his work as Chair of the Insigneo Cardiovascular Workgroup. Julian is an active Interventional Cardiologist, and spends half his life performing percutaneous coronary intervention on patients with coronary artery disease, and the other half working out how he could do it better. In particular, he is working with mathematicians, physicists, engineers and computer modellers within Insigneo to create better decision making tools for physicians and surgeons to treat patients. His particular focus at the moment is on 'virtual' coronary physiology - using CFD applied to reconstructed coronary angiograms to decide where to insert stents, working with Professor Rod Hose, Professor Pat Lawford and Dr Paul Morris. This work has attracted major funding from the Wellcome Trust, Department of Health and the British Heart Foundation, and several new students. He is excited to encourage the application of in silico techniques to cardiovascular medicine, which is one of the most pressing areas of health need.

Vikki RidgerVictoria Ridger has been appointed as Senior Lecturer in Vascular Biology in IICD. Victoria was previously an Intermediate BHF Fellow and Lecturer in the same department. Her research focusses on the role of neutrophils and microvesicles in vascular inflammation and this work is, and has been, primarily funded by the British Heart Foundation.

Victoria also has a successful collaboration with members of the LIGHT labs at the University of Leeds with whom she has secured funding from the MRC and holds a British Heart Foundation Programme Grant. As well as her research, Victoria plays a major role in the Faculty as joint PGR Lead for IICD, first year PGR Tutor for the Medical School and PGR selector for IICD as well as leading on the establishment of a new MRes course in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Andrew NarracottAndrew Narracott has been appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Medical Physics Group, Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield. Andrew was previously a Lecturer in the Department. He was also recently appointed as a member of the Insigneo Board, taking over responsibility as Director of Operations, this role involves strategy and planning to provide support for computer data, infrastructure and space. His research interests focus on the application of numerical simulation and experimental measurement to develop in silico models of health and disease in the arterial and venous circulation. Application areas include improvement of haemodialysis treatment and elastic and intermittent compression therapy. This research programme involves collaboration with academia and industry in the UK and as part of European consortia, including the H2020 Marie Curie VPH-CaSE European Training Network, led by Sheffield.