Prof Elizabeth Cartwright

Professor and Head, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

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Head of Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Research: My role as a Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences is multi-faceted; principally I carry out research into the molecular basis of left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure using a combination of transgenesis and gene knockout technologies, molecular biology and analysis of cardiac physiology. Much of this research is carried out in collaboration with a number of post-graduate students under my supervision and is funded by grants from British Heart Foundation and MRC. 

British Heart Foundation 4 year PhD programme: I am the Programme Director of the British Heart Foundation 4 year PhD programme at the University of Manchester. In the first year of the 4 year BHF PhD programme the students undertake an MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences. This introduces students to a combination of taught and mini project research options designed to develop theoretical knowledge and practical training in a broad range of research methodologies, disciplines and subject areas, before undertaking a full PhD project.

Teaching: I enjoy teaching postgraduate, undergraduate and foundation students. I lead the pre-medical and pre-dental programmes; am a PBL and PEP tutor and lecturer for the year 1 MBChB student; and I am supervisor for 3rd year APEP projects. As well as leading the MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences and Cardiovascular Health and Disease I act as a tutor and project supervisor to thse students.

I would be very happy to hear from potential students with an interest in pursuing an academic career studying the molecular basis of left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure.

Current roles at the University of Manchester

Head of Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Programme Director of British Heart Foundation 4 year PhD programme

Programme Director of MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences

Academic Lead for Pre-medical and Pre-dental Programmes

Member of the Research Staff Strategy Group

Current external roles 

Member of expert review/funding panel for MRC Genome Editing Mice for Medicine (GEMM)




1995 - PhD:  University of Manchester

Studied gene expression during heart development with Prof. Paul T. Sharpe

1994 - 2002: Research Fellow - University of Leeds

Studied the function of genes involved in the progression of gastro-intestinal cancer with Dr P. Louise Coletta and Prof. Sir Alex Markham

2002 - 2011: Lecturer - University of Manchester

Joined the Heart Failure Group to study the function of genes involved in the progression of heart failure with Prof. Ludwig Neyses

2011 to 2017: Senior Lecturer - University of Manchester

2017 to 2021: Reader - University of Manchester

2021 to date: Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences - University of Manchester


PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Transgenesis and gene knockout technology, cardiac physiology, cardiovascular sciences

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