Marcus Blackmore Fellow Dr Stacy Robertson to return to UK

After four years at the Heart Research Institute, Scottish scientist and Marcus Blackmore Fellowship recipient, Dr Stacy Robertson will return to the UK to continue her career.  

Marcus Blackmore Fellowships offer postdoctoral researchers in the UK and Europe an opportunity to work at the HRI, collaborating with the various research groups to continue advancing our world-class research. 

Stacy joined the HRI in 2012 to investigate whether blood-pressure regulating hormones might also contribute to heart disease. While the initial fellowship was awarded for two years, this was later extended for another two.  

Stacy joined the HRI in 2012 to investigate whether blood-pressure regulating hormones might also contribute to heart disease. While the initial fellowship was awarded for two years, this was later extended for another two.  

For Stacy, this meant opportunity to kick-start her career by running her own research project – a stepping-stone to developing an independent research group. 
 
'The premise of this position was to have a project in mind, and allow younger scientists a bit of freedom and independence early on,' says Stacy.  
 
Since 2012 Stacy has become a valued member of the research team and a popular member of staff. She will missed but we were pleased to hear about the next step in her career. 

'I am going to work for Dr Stuart Nicklin, a Reader (senior academic) at the University of Glasgow,' says Stacy.

'His group is based in the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre which encompasses the BHF Centre of Excellence in Vascular Science and Medicine. There I will work on a Medical Research Council (MRC, UK)-funded project investigating the role of two peptides - ang1-7 and ang1-9 - in vascular injury and remodelling,’ she adds. 
 
Stacy explains that these peptides are formed as part of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, which is one of the pathways she has worked on at HRI. The project aims to better understand how these circulating peptides help prevent complications of vascular disease. 
 
Stacy is both complimentary of the Heart Research Institute, and grateful to the donors. 

‘Donating to HRI is a fantastic investment in the future cardiovascular health of all people across the world. It is also an investment in young scientists, like myself, who thanks to donations have been able to pursue research questions they feel are pertinent to identifying the pathways that lead to cardiovascular disease,’ she says. 

She believes this has been an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and form new collaborations so it is fitting that her new project builds on her previous work. 
 
‘It is a nice extension to the research I have undertaken at HRI looking at other circulating factors – exosomes and miRNAs - and their role in vascular complications,’ 
 
One of our strengths here at the HRI is collaboration. Last year our scientists collaborated on over two hundred projects in thirty two different countries. No doubt there will be opportunities to work with Stacy in the future.

‘I will keep close links with scientists at HRI, as I have several ongoing projects and hope in the future there will be options to have more collaborative projects and students,’ she says. 

‘I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has made my time as the Marcus Blackmore Fellow at HRI possible and immensely enjoyable, including the Donors, the HRI board, the fundraising department, my mentors, Dr Christina Bursill and Dr Sanjay Patel, and of course my fellow scientists in the lab!’

The Marcus Blackmore Fellowships exist due to funds generously donated to The Heart Research Institute. Named in honour of Marcus Blackmore, the fellowships recognise the generous contributions he has made to heart research both personally and through Blackmores Limited.

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