Dr Andrew Snabaitis
School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Senior Lecturer
I studied pharmacology at King's College London (University of London) where I completed a BSc (Hons) in pharmacology with toxicology. This course had a 12 month extramural component which I spent at Beecham's Pharmaceuticals (Harlow, Essex) and developed an interest in cardiovascular research. Upon recommendation, I then joined the United and Medical Dental Schools (UMDS) in London as a research assistant with the view of embarking on several years of research and study towards a PhD in cardiovascular sciences. I was lucky enough to receive studentship funded by the British Heart Foundation and successfully completed my PhD in 1998. Since obtaining my PhD I spent 11 years as a post-doctoral research associate/fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Research at King's College London. I was funded by several research grants obtained from the Dunhill Medical Trust and the Medical Research Council. My post-doctoral research career culminated in obtaining independent funding in the form of an Intermediate Research Fellowship from the British Heart Foundation, after which I joined Kingston University as a lecturer in pharmacology and physiology. Since arriving at Kingston University I have continued my research into heart disease which has been funded by the British Heart Foundation. My laboratory studies the role of ser/thr protein phosphatase enzymes and their associated regulatory proteins at the cellular/molecular level in acute (ischaemia/reperfusion) and chronic (pressure overload) models of heart failure.
Educational and Professional Qualifications
- 2010 - 2011 PGCert in LTHE: Kingston University
- 1993 - 1998 PhD Pharmacology (King's College London)
- 1988 - 1992 BSc Pharmacology with toxicology ( King's College London)
Cardiac molecular pharmacology has been my main research interest for many years, with a focus on the regulation of intracellular pH in adult ventricular cardiac cells. More recently, I have developed an interest in the role(s) of the serine/threonine type 2A protein phosphatases and associated regulatory proteins in laboratory models of acute (ischaemia/reperfusion injury) and chronic (pressure overload-induced hypertrophy) heart failure. My research group is currently funded by grants from the British Heart Foundation.
My main undergraduate teaching areas are within the subject fields of pharmacology and physiology, with a particular specialisation within the subject area of cardiac molecular pharmacology and heart disease. I supervise several research students and their projects at either undergraduate or postgraduate level in the laboratory.
Other Professional Activity
I am a member of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS), British Society for Cardiovascular Research (BSCR) and International Society for Heart Research (ISHR). I am currently on the peer review panel for the scientific journals Cardiovascular Research, British Journal of Pharmacology, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Cardiology, Pflugers Archives of Pharmacology and PLOS One.
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