Sam Boateng
As a PhD student I studied at the National Heart and Lung Institute (Imperial College, London) where I received my initial training in cardiovascular research. I studied the effect of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors on the failing heart. I continued my research career at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the United States as a post-doc. I became a research assistant professor in 2003 at the same institution. It was during this time that I began to develop my independent research to study myocardial adaptation to mechanical stress and obtained independent funding from the American Heart Association. In 2007, I received a Research Council UK fellowship at the University of Reading where I was given the opportunity to work as an independent academic researcher. My current research interests include determining the mechanisms of myocardial adaptation and hypertrophy. I am particularly interested in the role of mechano-sensing and circadian proteins in the process of myocyte growth. This work has been funded by the European Commission and the Royal Society. I aim to encourage young cardiovascular scientists and ensure greater integration between basic and clinical research. My diverse experience from working in the United States and the United Kingdom should help me contribute to the aspirations of the BSCR. These will include ensuring that the BSCR continues to provide an exciting and challenging forum for both young and more established researchers to present their work alongside one another.