Professor Ashraf Kitmitto BSc, PhD

Professor (Teaching & Research)

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I am a Professor of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Sciences

Research: My group is investigating the link between obesity and diabetes and myocardial structural remodelling, metabolic dysfunction and impaired pump function. Our goal is to identify novel therapeutic targets for treating metabolic disturbances. We employ a diverse range of techniques spanning structural biology (proteins to cells to tissue) to functional analyses measuring metabolic flux.

My research is mainly funded by the British Heart Foundation, BHF; this has included two consecutive BHF Basic Science Lectureship Awards, Programme Grant, Project grants and PhD studentships.

Teaching: I am actively involved in teaching (years 1-3) on the medical programme (MBChB), including year 3 project rotations.

I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Cardiovascular Health & Disease (Research), including delivery of lectures and supervision of projects. I also offer project rotations to other postgraduate programmes including the 4 year BHF PhD programme.

I have a track record of PhD supervision and am happy to hear from prospective students wishing to pursue research in the areas of cardiometabolism and heart failure.

I hold several Leadership roles and am a member of multiple committees associated with both UG and PG Education.

I am the Cardiovascular branch lead for the Lydia Becker Institute (Cardiovascular immunology and multi-morbidities)


BSc (Hons) Chemistry  at University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology (Awarded a 3 month scholarship to undertake research at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA).

PhD (MRC studentship) in Biochemistry at  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London (PhD supervisor Professor Howard Morris, FRS)

5 years working in the pharmceutical industry after which time I re-entered academia taking up a postdoctoral position at UMIST in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences. I was subsequently awarded a 5 year British Heart Foundation Basic Science Lectureship, which was then renewed for a further 5 years.   Upon the merger of UMIST with the Victoria Univeristy of Manchester to form the University of Manchester I transferred into the Cardiovascular Group in the School of Medicine.

Shortly after joining the Cardiovascular Group  I was promoted to Senior Lecturer, then Reader and more recently to Professor of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Sciences


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry (University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology, now Cardiff University)
  • PhD Biochemistry (Imperial College of Science Technology & Medicine, University of London), supervisor Professor Howard Morris FRS

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Physiological Society

British Society for Cardiovascular Research

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

Sustainable Development Goals

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