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Dr Sandra Jones


Sandra Jones

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Post Nominals Hull York Medical School
Biography Sandra gained her BSc from the University of Leeds and her PhD from the University of Liverpool. She returned to Leeds for her first doctoral position, where her ongoing research into ageing and the heart began. This developed during her senior doctoral position, funded as principal investigator by the BHF, followed by a Lectureship in Physiology. Sandra was appointed to a Lectureship in Biomedical Science at Hull in 2007, and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016. She is also a member of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at Hull York Medical School. Her research concerns the causes of cardiac dysfunction, particularly in association with ageing.

Conferences co-organized; 2016 British Society for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Leeds, 2014 Physiological Society Inaugural H3 symposium London, 2011 Northern Cardiac Research Group, at the University of Hull, 2009 British Society for Research on Ageing, University of Manchester.

Invited speaker; 2015 University of Florida, Gainesville, 'Ageing to Arrhythmias: Conundrums of Connections in the Ageing Heart'.
2014 Physiological Society Inaugural H3 Symposium, London, 'Stem Cells and the Heart: Where Do the Future Therapies Lie for Cardiac Regeneration?

2020 Symposium 'T-tubules as regulators of heart rhythm and function’ Organiser and Chair at the Joint meeting SCHCF + ALACF (Sociedad Chilena de Ciencias Fisiológicas + Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencias Fisiológicas) in Chile

Sandra is a Fellow of The Physiological Society (awarded 2018) and additionally the Society's representative at the University of Hull

In 2020 Sandra was elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) via the Basic Cardiovascular Science committee, in recognition of my leadership, scientific and professional accomplishments.
Research Interests My research revolves around changes in whole heart and cellular function with increasing age, from the perspectives of normal physiology and pathophysiology. My particular area of study are the changes in ionic regulation with age leading to the predisposition to arrhythmias, and other disorders of excitation and contraction within the elderly heart. Primarily my research group have used proteomics to examine the associated changes in protein expression and regulatory systems responsible for producing the age-associated changes in phenotype, coupled with functional measurements using electrophysiology. Recent targeted proteins in the mammalian heart have been the gap junctional subunit connexin43, the differing isoforms of the voltage-gated sodium ion channels and voltage-gated calcium ion channels. Our studies have conclude the change in expression of these ion channels expressed in the age heart, leave the age heart in a state of imbalance and experience high frequency of arrhythmias. Furthermore, we are now using interventions to protect the heart as it ages from the onset of associated pathologies, ranging from the global (e.g. exercise interventions), to the specific pharmaceutical agents (e.g. directed manipulation of signaling pathways), leading a novel approach to reduce AF events, to ultimately become a therapeutic strategy to prevent and treat AF in the elderly who are often unfit for surgery.
Teaching and Learning Director of MSc in Biomedical Sciences, taught programme.
Module leader - Muscle fitness and failure (level 6)
Module leader - Diseases in Biomedicine (level 7)

Academic support tutor to all MSc Biomedical Sciences students, plus students at Levels 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Sandra has conducted thesis with viva examinations both as Internal and External examiner, with experience of MSc, PhD and MD students.

Sandra also has experience as Panel member of degree validation, specialism in Biomedical Science/Bioscience.
Scopus Author ID 7405935028