Health, Science & Technology

Research title:

Mechanistic insight for cardiac cellular therapy using stem cells

Institutions: University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam is currently a Reader in Clinical Physiology and Head of Department (Preclinical Sc) based at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, UK. He was previously a Lead in Physiology at the School of Medicine, PU-RCSI based in Kuala Lumpur. His clinical work is largely on companion animal medicine with a special interest in cardiology.

“My work involves the use integrative electrophysiological techniques, molecular cardiology and computational approaches. I also have a strong interest in medical education with particular interests in student preparedness for clinical learning, admissions performance and academic outcomes as well as innovative assessment techniques for distributed model of teaching”, said Dr Kamalan.

“My research is focused on human and veterinary cardiology while looking at the development of clinical risk prediction approaches for arrhythmic conditions and biomarker discovery for coronary artery disease. This includes integrative physiology, novel therapeutic agent discoveries, human animal interface research as well as medical education”, added Dr Kamalan.  

His current focus is on the integrative physiology techniques to elucidate mechanism of cardiac arrhythmia and developing risk stratification strategies for clinical practice. This involves identifying and characterizing novel ion channel and receptor genes through functional analysis using gene targeting to the invasive analysis of cardiac arrhythmia substrates in patients.

In academia, he has delivered anatomy and physiology lectures and practical sessions to both medical and veterinary students both locally and abroad.
Dr Jeevaratnam holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, a MMedSc from International Medical University and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University Putra Malaysia. I was admitted to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS), UK in 2011 by examination.
Personal Philisophy:
Enjoy what you do – even if it means you have to change your area of interest. It’s better to work with people that you get along and can have fun whilst working rather than in an area where you may be passionate about but requires you to work with people who are difficult.

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