- Ana Gutierrez
- Andrew Leitch
- Ann Thompson
- Ben Lalabekyan
- Charles Hinds
- Christiana Georgiou
- Gareth Ackland
- Hew Torrance
- Jan Whalley
- John Prowle
- Jennifer Sanchez
- Julie Borgel
- Mari-Liis Pakats
- Marta Januszewska
- Michael O'Dwyer
- Monica Oliviera
- Priyanthi Dias
- Russell Hewson
- Ryan Haines
- Sarah-Jane Forsyth
- Shamir Kamali
- Shaun May
- Sophie Walker
- Tahania Ahmed
- Tim Jones
- Tim Martin
- Tim Stephens
- Tom Abbot
Ana Gutierrez del Arroyo
Ana is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She obtained her PhD in 2000 in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University Autonoma, Madrid. This explored the mechanism of p53-induced apoptosis in lymphocytes and the use of chemotherapeutic drugs in cancer treatments. Postdoctoral work includes cellular senescence and cell cycle regulation at London Cancer Research Institute (former ICRF; Gordon Peters laboratory); mechanisms of Myeloproliferative disorders and Sepsis Induced Immunoparesis at UCL, and organ dysfunction perioperative Medicine at UCL/QMUL.
Andrew qualified at Barts and the London and returned to his alma mater to take up a post as Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in 2012. He previously studied Mathematics and has worked as an actor, homeless night shelter support worker, and teacher. He is interested in many things including sepsis, total intravenous anaesthesia, obstetric critical care and contemporary choral music. Andrew is proud to be PI for the PRISM trial at the Royal London Hospital.
Since obtaining an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Westminster, Ann has worked on several large research projects. She has approximately 6 years’ experience in managing trials and currently manages two trials with Professor Pearse: EPOCH and OPTIMISE II.
Ann’s research interests include: Pragmatic interventions in the NHS to improve patient care and public health; the practical day-to-day management of research; methodological research; nutrition, obesity, quality improvement and primary care.
Bagrat Benjamin Lalabekyan qualified as a Doctor from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2015. He joined the Group in 2015 and is currently an academic foundation trainee under the supervision of Dr Michael O’Dwyer. His current research interests are related to the perioperative medicine and inflammatory mediators in sepsis and critical illness.
Charles Hinds is a Professor and Consultant in Intensive Care medicine. He qualified at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1972 and was appointed as Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the same hospital in 1980. Professor Hinds’ research interests have included the pathophysiology and treatment of sepsis, “goal directed” haemodynamic therapy, endocrine aspects of critical illness, critical illness polyneuromyopathy and intensive care for patients with malignancy. Other current research interests include improving outcomes for patients undergoing high-risk surgery.
Christiana graduated from University of East Anglia in 2010 with a Biological Sciences degree. She then completed her Masters in Genetics of Human Disease from University College London in 2011, specialising in Neurogenetics. Before joining our group in March 2016, she worked as a Research Technician at University College London for several years. Her current project involvement focuses on the autonomic dysfunction prior to cardiac tissue injury. To address experimental questions she uses transgenic animals as well as various molecular methodologies.
Gareth graduated from St John’s College, Oxford University Medical School having completed an intercalated PhD supported by a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship. He completed clinical training in general medicine, anaesthesiology and critical care mostly on the UCL-linked clinical rotation. Having completed an Academy of Medical Sciences/Health Foundation clinician scientist intermediate research training fellowship award at University College London in 2014, Gareth was appointed Senior Lecturer in Perioperative Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London in 2015 when he joined the Group.
Awards: British Oxygen Company research chair grant 2016-2020; British Journal of Anaesthesia/Royal College of Anaesthetists Career development award in basic science 2014-2019
Hew joined the Translational Medicine & Therapeutics department in 2012, completing an Academic Foundation Programme in Critical Care. Thanks to funding from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Barts & the London Charity, he completed a PhD focussing on identifying the immunological sequelae following sterile inflammation. Patients suffering from severe polytrauma or undergoing major elective abdominal surgery are a very high-risk cohort and the aim is to identify promptly those likely to suffer from nosocomial infection or multiple organ dysfunction and address strategies to combat this. Hew continues to conduct research with the Group alongside his clinical training in Anaesthetics and Critical Care.
Jan joined the Group in December 2014 as PA to Professor Pearse/Research Administrator, having previously been Administrator for the QMUL arm of the Research Design Service (RDS) London. She supports the Professor with management of his extensive travel/talk-giving commitments both nationally and internationally and manages/assists with various administrative tasks including contracts/recruitment and budgetary matters. Jan supports the research team on an ad-hoc basis with research related tasks and oversees admin of the Groups’ PhD/MD students.
John is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine within the Group and an Honorary Consultant Physician in Intensive Care Medicine and Renal Medicine at the Royal London Hospital. John’s academic interests include the Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Treatment and Outcomes of Acute Kidney Injury, Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies in the ICU, Fluid Therapy and Medical Complications of Major Surgery.
Jenifer graduated from Complutense University Madrid in 2011. She obtained her Masters degree from Autonoma University in 2012 and joined Dr. Acklands’ group at UCL in 2014. She started her PhD in 2016 focusing on preventing postoperative infections through exercise-induced autophagy.
Julie obtained her PhD in Biological and Chemical Sciences of Health from Montpellier University and the Institute of Molecular Genetics (IGMM, France), by investigating the dynamic of DNA methylation during early mouse development. She then continued her research in Epigenetics and Biochemistry at the Clinical Science Centre (CSC) and Imperial College where she focussed on the identification of epigenetic readers. She joined the Group in 2016 under Dr Michael O'Dwyer at the WHRI. Her particular interest is to understand how severe traumatic injuries induce DNA methylation changes which could participate in post-traumatic immunosuppression.
Mari-Liis recently graduated from the University of York with a degree in Genetics. She joined the Adult Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine Research Group in the Summer of 2016 as a research assistant. She is primarily involved in the coordination of the PRISM trial ensuring that the trial is running smoothly and efficiently but also assists with follow-ups and other day to day tasks for other studies within the Group.
Marta has been working as a Research Coordinator with Professor Pearse’ Group since 2011. During her research career she has been involved in various activities within the team, including trial coordination of the ISOS and EuSOS studies, acting as a study lead local investigator and monitoring hospitals participating in the PRISM trial. In 2014 she completed a Healthcare Research Methods Postgraduate Diploma Course at Queen Mary University of London.
Mike graduated from medical school at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1998 and then subsequently trained and specialised as an anaesthetist. In 2008 he acquired his PhD, again from Trinity College, which explored the innate and adaptive immune response to human infection and critical illness. He was appointed in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine at QMUL where he joined Professor Pearse’ Group.
Monica graduated in 2006 from the Nursing School of Porto, Portugal with a Nursing BSc. Her clinical experience includes diverse clinical settings but her main background is in Anaesthetic Nursing. She completed a Masters in Nursing from Middlesex University in 2012 and Postgraduate studies in Anaesthetic Nursing from King’s College University in 2013. Monica started her clinical research career with CRN North West London in 2015. She joined our research team as a Research Nurse in October 2016.
Priya graduated in 2003 from Cardiff University with a degree in Biochemistry. She has worked in a research environment for the last ten years, during which time she completed her PhD in Cardiac Medicine. Having joined the Group in October 2016 as Senior Trials Coordinator, Priya is now able to pursue her passion of working in a more patient focussed research setting.
Russ graduated from the University of Oxford and St Georges Hospital Medical School. He is now a consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia at Barts Health NHS Trust and is information technology lead for the Research Group. Russ is responsible for building and maintaining online databases for our multi-centre studies and built systems for VISION-UK, ISOS, PRISM and OPTIMISE II. He also builds and manages information websites for our multi-centre studies and provides advice on IT and information governance.
Ryan graduated from University College London in 2012 and joined the Group as a Clinical Research Fellow in August 2016. He divides his time equally between the care of patients on the adult critical care unit and research activities within the group.
Ryan is currently gathering data on acute kidney injury and muscle wasting in trauma patients to explore the short and long-term outcomes of survivors of critical illness.
Sarah-Jane graduated from the University of Dundee in 2015 with a BSc Hons Neuroscience, where she also undertook research into the development of novel monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer at the Jacqui Wood Cancer Institute. Based in the William Harvey Research Institute, she joined the team in 2016 under Dr Michael O'Dwyer on The British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) and The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) PhD studentship investigating histone modifications in patients with bacteraemia.
Shamir is a National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow in Anaesthesia. He is active in peri-operative medicine research with a specific interest in mechanisms underlying post-operative morbidity with the Translational Medicine and Therapeutics team at the William Harvey Research Institute.
Shaun is an ST5 anaesthetist in the London Deanery. He graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009 with an MBChB (Honours). As part of his undergraduate study, he gained an intercalated degree in cardiovascular science with first class honours. Shaun attained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2015. He joined our Research Group in 2016 to undertake his MD (Res). His area of interest is the regulatory mechanisms and biomarkers underlying peri-operative myocardial injury.
Sophie graduated from UCL Medical School in 2013. She joined the team in 2016 as an NIHR doctoral fellow and is working towards a PhD in perioperative cardiac injury. Her research interests include the role of angiotensin in acute inflammation and myocardial injury, and the use of ACE-i/ARBs perioperatively.
Tahania graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a BEng in Bio-informatics (Honours) in 2007. Thereafter, she worked as a data analyst for several years in Australia and the UK. She completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Imperial College London in 2013, specialising in Epidemiology. She joined our Research Group at Royal London Hospital as a Medical Statistician in September 2013.
Tim graduated in 2011 from Cambridge with a degree in natural sciences and graduated in Medicine at the Royal London in 2015. He joined the Group as a clinical research fellow in August 2016, working on immune dysfunction after severe traumatic injury. People who suffer trauma become immunocompromised and more susceptible to infection which leads to increased length of stay and increased mortality. He is looking into how epigenetics may play a role in this process, with the ultimate aim being to find new diagnostic and prognostic tests so that medicines can be targeted to the most appropriate patients.
Tim has a background of 16 years as a Critical Care Nurse, having worked at the London Chest Hospital, Barts & The London, the Alfred in Australia and UCH. He has always had an interest in medical knowledge and joined the Group as a Critical Care Research Nurse in October 2015 where he thoroughly enjoys the work involved.
Tim graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1999 with a BA in Nursing. He worked in critical care for several years before setting up a patient safety training programme across Barts Health NHS Trust in 2008. Recently, he has taken a national role as co-lead for the quality improvement intervention within the EPOCH Trial, one of the largest studies of peri-operative improvement globally and the Chole-QuIC improvement collaborative, funded by the Royal College of Surgeons. Tim is also an adviser for the Health Foundation funded Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative (ELC). His doctoral research is focussed on understanding sustainability within peri-operative quality improvement, supervised by Rupert Pearse. Tim continues to work clinically and as a simulation / team trainer.
Tom is a Junior Doctor and MRC Clinical Research Fellow in perioperative medicine. His research uses epidemiological methods to investigate clinical outcomes after surgery. Areas of interest include: myocardial injury, postoperative respiratory disease, cardiopulmonary and autonomic dysfunction, clinical trials and big data methods.