Dr Claire Hopton

NIHR Clinical Lecturer

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I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Specialty Registrar in Clinical Genetics. 

I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2008.  I undertook my foundation training and core medical training in South Yorkshire before moving to Liverpool in 2012 to start my specialty training in Clinical Genetics.  I began my research, which is focussed on the genetics of inherited cardiac conditions, in 2014.  My main area of interest is the inherited arrhythmia syndrome Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT) which is predominantly caused by variants in the cardiac ryanodine receptor (RYR2) gene.  I completed my PhD, which was funded by a BHF Clinical Research Training Fellowship, in 2018.  My PhD involved modelling a novel RYR2 variant using human induced pluripotent stem cells.  In both 2015 and 2017 I spent time in Israel in the laboratory of Prof Gepstein who is a world leading expert in the field of modelling genetic heart conditions using human induced pluripotent stem cells.  During my PhD I also had the opportunity to spend time in Prof Pinto’s laboratory at the UMC in Amsterdam.   In 2019 I took up the position of NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the University of Manchester.  Alongside my research I also undertake clinical work at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine. 

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