Industry Fellows

Dr Yolanda Hill

Yolanda is an MRC-funded UKRI Innovation Fellow. She is working with Professor John Terry at the University of Exeter, Dr Glyn Thomas at the Bristol Heart Institute and industry partner Johnson & Johnson, on her project Cardiac Positioning System (CPS) - An automated navigation system to guide catheter ablation therapy.

Holding a Bachelor's degree in Biology with Psychology from Queen Mary University of London, Yolanda then went on to complete her PhD at King's College London in Computational Cardiac Electrophysiology, modelling reentrant electrical activation waves which cause ventricular arrhythmias. Notably, her work contributed to developing a novel strategy to guide cardiac ablation therapy to treat ventricular tachycardia arising from myocardial infarction.

Yolanda's current research builds on improving the treatment of ventricular tachycardia by refining the pace mapping technique used during ablation, to reduce the risk and increase success rates of the procedure. Her work focuses on implementing machine learning algorithms to indicate the location of infarct scar tissue and critical reentrant circuit sites from electrocardiogram data. Accurate identification of these areas of diseased tissue help to guide the delivery of successful ablation therapy to terminate ventricular tachycardia.

 

Joana Viana

Dr Joana Viana

Joana is an MRC-funded Rutherford Fund Fellow whose research focusses on investigating the epigenomic, transcriptomic and regulatory changes that occur in cell differentiation during vertebrate development. She is working with collaborators at the University of Exeter and industry partner Eli Lilly, on her project Genomic regulation of vertebrate development.

Epigenetic and gene expression changes during development play crucial roles in determining cell fate. Insults during this time can cause abnormalities in these mechanisms and lead to disorders later in life. Determining the genomic regions that undergo changes during early development is essential to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in development and multiple developmental disorders.

In her research, she combines cutting-edge sequencing methodologies and bioinformatics analysis to profile the genomic regulatory landscape of vertebrate development.

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