Janice Layhadi

Project: Role of pro-inflammatory P2X4 receptor as a target for statins in cardiovascular diseases
Supervisor: Dr Samuel Fountain

I have always had a strong interest in biological sciences and underlying mechanisms involved in various diseases. This led me to pursue a BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial College London.

Following summer placements at different laboratories and a research technician position at the National Heart and Lung Institute in Imperial College London, I decided to undertake an MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. These experiences not only confirmed my interest in science, but made me realized my true calling for cardiovascular research. This inspired me to undertake a PhD at the UEA, allowing me to pursue my major area of interest whilst broadening my knowledge extensively.

My PhD will focus on investigating whether P2X4 receptors, which are present in human monocytes, mediates the anti-inflammatory action of statins in atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.