Andrew Bond
Having first become interested in cardiovascular physiology during my Animal Science degree at Reading University, I was awarded a vacation studentship to work in Professor Peter Weinberg's lab, looking at permeability in the blood vessel wall. This led to my PhD studies with Peter, then at Imperial College London, which I received in 2007. During my PhD I developed a novel method to look at endothelial cells as biomarkers of blood flow across the arterial wall of rabbits, and showed that a change in shear stress correlates with a change in disease with age, and this mirrors that seen in humans. I was awarded the BSCR Young Investigator Award for this work in 2006.

In 2008 I moved to the Bristol Heart Institute, University of Bristol, to undertake postdoctoral research with Dr Christopher Jackson, looking at the mechanics of plaque rupture in a murine fat-fed model of atherosclerosis, focusing on how vessel remodelling alters plaque stability. Previous funding has been from the BHF, however I am currently part of the F.Hoffmann-La Roche Postdoctoral Fellowship Program so have also gained a useful insight into how industry works.