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Name Pybus, Hannah Jane
Group Mathematical Medicine and Biology
Room A14, Maths
Telephone +44 (0) 115 [direct dial]
Thesis Title Bottom up development of multi-scale models of airway remodelling in asthma: from cell to tissue
Thesis Abstract Asthma is a highly prevalent disease characterised by airway hyper-responsiveness and remodelling. Until recently, airway remodelling has been predominantly associated with chronic inflammation acting over long timescales. Current experimental evidence suggests that bronchoconstriction, as a result of airway smooth muscle cell (ASMc) contraction, activates transforming growth factor b (TGF-b), a regulatory cytokine implicated in excessive inflammatory injury repair responses. This may further stimulate ASMc contraction and growth over shorter timescales. The effects of cell-mediated TGF-b activation, during tidal breathing, continue to be debated. Coupling subcellular mechanotransduction signalling pathways to biomechanical models of ASMc and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, we aim to develop a tissue level biomechanical description of the resultant growth in ASM. Informed by ongoing lung slice experiments undertaken in the Division of Respiratory Medicine, the primary focus is to produce a mathematical model closely resembling the experimentally observed behaviour, with the ultimate intention of providing insight into mechanisms that may operate in the intact asthmatic airway in vivo.
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University of Nottingham
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