Postdoctoral Research Associate in Imaging Biology
King’s College London with its 200 years of heritage is recognized today as a world-leading research university, ranked 7th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We understand the need to turn original thinking into everyday application, encouraging curiosity to develop work that makes an impact on society and global issues. Great names from King’s are continuing to change the world.
We have an exciting position for a qualified postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake a ground-breaking preclinical, British Heart Foundation-funded, research in the School of Biomedical Engineering at St Thomas' Hospital (STH). The project will run in collaboration with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne Australia, the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid and the Molecular Imaging Center in Torino.
The research aims to detect high-risk coronary atherosclerotic plaques by identifying dysfunctional elastin synthesis and/or breakdown, first in mouse and pig models of atherosclerosis and later in patients with coronary artery disease. The project will utilize and further develop a novel tropoelastin-specific MRI probe; utilize advanced MRI protocols and ex vivo bench-based techniques to investigate whether: (i) Molecular MRI of tropoelastin can distinguish between high-risk and stable atherosclerotic plaque both in mouse and swine models; and (ii) whether the tropoelastin specific probe allows differentiation between high-risk and stable plaque in patients with coronary artery disease. This study will answer the clinically important question whether MRI can selectively identify high-risk coronary plaque and guide treatment aimed at reducing the risk of myocardial infarction in a precision medicine approach.
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