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Dr. Bijal Patel

Biography

Bijal is currently working within the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition work package in UL. She holds a BSc degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Western Australia, an MSc in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research from King's College London, and a PhD in Physiology (Cardiovascular Research) from King's College London. Her PhD was supported by a grant from the British Heart Foundation. Bijal graduated with a PhD in 2014, and her thesis focused on the effects of a naturally occurring isothiocyanate in regulating redox signalling in foetal endothelial cells of infants born to gestational diabetic mothers. She conducts research on the effects of bioactive peptides in regulating protein synthesis using cell-based assays and ex vivo samples.

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Research Interests

Bijal's main research interest revolves around the effects of dietary compounds with bioactive properties on oxidative stress and redox signalling. Oxidative stress underlies the pathology of many diseases, and understanding the relationship between specific bioactive dietary compounds and disease may play a crucial therapeutic role.
She is currently working within the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition work package at the University of Limerick. She is currently conducting research on the effects of bioactive peptides in regulating protein synthesis using cell-based assays and ex vivo samples. Further research will also be conducted on the effects of oxidative damage to macromolecules using cell and non-cell based assay in vitro and ex vivo assays, and how bioactive dietary compounds may abrogate the deleterious effects of oxidative stress in a model of ageing.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2014 King's College London - PhD
  • 2010 King's College London - MSc
  • 2008 University of Western Australia - BSc

Employment

  • 2014 King's College London - Research Scientist
  • 2014 University of East London - Scientific Officer - Pharmacology
  • 2013 Google - International Google Science Fair Judge
  • 2011 GSK and Drug Control Centre - Olympic Analyst
  • 2010 King's College London - Postgraduate demonstrator/tutor in undergraduate Physiology, Pharmacology and scientific techniques laboratory classes
  • 2010 King's College London - Laboratory Techniques Demonstrator and Tutor

Award

  • 2011 - Poster communication
  • 2010 - PhD studentship
  • 2010 - Hider prize
  • 2009 - SEEK peer mentor recognition

Language

  • English
  • Hindi

Outreach

  • SEEK peer mentor (2006-2007) - I was awarded the SEEK peer mentor recognition as part of my BSc degree due to my contribution in Science mentoring in High Schools around Perth, Australia.

  • UniMentor (2006-2008) – As a UniMentor I helped Science undergraduate students transition into uni life.
  • Mission Discovery, King's College London (2014) – As a STEM mentor, mentored 14-18 year old high school students for a week, in designing feasible biomedical experiments to be sent up and carried out on the International Space Station.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2013

Gestational diabetes impairs Nrf2-mediated adaptive antioxidant defenses and redox signaling in fetal endothelial cells in utero
Cheng X*, Chapple SJ*, Patel B*, Puszyk W, Sugden D, Yin X, Mayr M, Siow RC & Mann GE
(2013) Gestational diabetes impairs Nrf2-mediated adaptive antioxidant defenses and redox signaling in fetal endothelial cells in utero
In Diabetes; pp. 4088-4097

Conference Publications

2013

37th IUPS
X. Cheng, S. Chapple, B. Patel, W. Puszyk, R. C. Siow, G. E. Mann
(2013) 37th IUPS
Physiology(Ed.) PCC400

2013

Experimental Biology
Bijal Patel, Richard CM Siow, Giovanni E. Mann
(2013) Experimental Biology
FASEB(Ed.) pp. 27- 1187.14

2013

British Microcirculation Society Young Investigator Symposium University of Warwick
B Patel, RCM Siow, GE Mann
(2013) British Microcirculation Society Young Investigator Symposium University of Warwick
Microcirculation(Ed.) pp. 565-578 PP10

2013

2nd Joint Meeting of the British and American Microcirculation Societies 62nd Meeting of the British Microcirculation Society
B Patel, R Siow, GE Mann
(2013) 2nd Joint Meeting of the British and American Microcirculation Societies 62nd Meeting of the British Microcirculation Society
Microcirculation(Ed.) pp. 42-109 PC84

Conference Contributions

2014

Early Career Physiologists Symposium
Bijal Patel (King's College London, London, UK), Gayathri Sekhar (King's College London, London, UK), James Garnett (St George's University of London, London, UK), Harry Pritchard (St George's University of London, London, UK), Chong Da Tan (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA) and Jean Tyrrell (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA)
(2014) Early Career Physiologists Symposium
King's College London

2013

37th World Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences
X. Cheng, S. Chapple, B. Patel, W. Puszyk, R. C. Siow, G. E. Mann
(2013) 37th World Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences
Birmingham, UK

2013

Experimental Biology
Bijal Patel, Richard CM Siow, Giovanni E. Mann
(2013) Experimental Biology
Boston, MA, USA

2013

British Microcirculation Society Young Investigator Symposium
B Patel, RCM Siow, GE Mann
(2013) British Microcirculation Society Young Investigator Symposium
University of Warwick, UK

2012

2nd Joint Meeting of the British and American Microcirculation Societies 62nd Meeting of the British Microcirculation Society
B Patel, R Siow, GE Mann
(2012) 2nd Joint Meeting of the British and American Microcirculation Societies 62nd Meeting of the British Microcirculation Society
Oxford University, UK