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I joined Swansea College of Medicine as a post-doctoral research assistant at the Institute of Life Science in 2013. My research within the Devices and the Microbes and Immunity Research Theme is focusing on the white blood cell response in medical devices mainly through multicolour flow cytometry. Currently I am researching the development and implementation of in vitro blood damage assays for evaluating the safety of invasive medical devices, including heart pumps (ventricular assist devices: VADs). The project is supported by the TSB Biomedical Catalyst Award jointly won by the College of Medicine and the Welsh start-up company Calon Cardio-Technology Ltd, so I also manage Calon’s biomedical team. My first MSc degree was in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden), and my second MSc was in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), followed by a PhD in Medicine at Swansea University. The PhD was carried out supported by the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship at the Welsh start-up Cell Therapy Ltd to research product development of stem cell therapies for cardiac indications.

Areas of Expertise

  • Flow Cytometry
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Medical Devices
  • Ventricular Assist Devices


  1. Chan, C., Pieper, I., Hambly, R., Radley, G., Jones, A., Friedmann, Y., Hawkins, K., Westaby, S., Foster, G., Thornton, C. The CentriMag Centrifugal Blood Pump as a Benchmark for In Vitro Testing of Hemocompatibility in Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices Artificial Organs 39 2 93 101
  2. Chan, C., Pieper, I., Fleming, S., Friedmann, Y., Foster, G., Hawkins, K., Thornton, C., Kanamarlapudi, V. The Effect of Shear Stress on the Size, Structure, and Function of Human von Willebrand Factor Artificial Organs 38 9 741 750
  3. Radley, G., Pieper, I., Robinson, C., Ali, S., Beshr, M., Bodger, O., Thornton, C. In Vitro Benchmarking Study of Ventricular Assist Devices in Current Clinical Use Journal of Cardiac Failure 26 1 70 79