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Wayne Roberts


About Wayne Roberts

Wayne joined Leeds Beckett as the Course Director for Biomedical Sciences in January 2018. His research expertise is in platelet biology.

Wayne graduated from the University of Bradford in 2004 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and then completed a PhD funded by Heart Research UK looking at the regulation of blood platelet activation. He next moved to Hull York Medical School for a British Heart Foundation funded postdoctoral-position, which again focussed on the regulation of platelet activation in health and disease. Following completion of a PGCE, he was employed as a lecturer in Medical Sciences at Bradford University.

Current Teaching

  • Biomedical Sciences BSc
  • Biomedical Sciences MSc

Research Interests

Wayne's main research expertise is in examining platelet function in health and disease. Whilst platelets play an important role in haemostasis, if inappropriately activated thrombosis and cardiovascular disease can result. Blood platelets additionally release a wealth of signalling molecules and produce microparticles, which can promote new tissue growth and wound healing. Cancer cells are capable of co-opting these signals however to promote tumorigenesis. I collaborate with a range of basic scientists and clinicians to investigate these processes. His current work includes:

  • Investigating how platelet microparticle miRNAs regulate angiogenesis
  • Analysing how differential miRNA expression patterns in platelet microparticles from diabetic patients impacts on tumorigenesis
  • Characterising the ability of advanced glycation end products, produced under diabetic conditions, to enhance platelet activation
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