Dr Sophie Saxton

BHF Accelerator Fellow

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BHF Accelerator Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences


Dr Sophie Saxton obtained her Bachelor's degree in Pharmacology and Master of Research degree in Cardiovascular Science at the University of Manchester. She completed her PhD in 2017 in Cardiovascular Medicine, entitled "The sympathetic nervous system in perivascular adipose tissue". Throughout her PhD, Dr Saxton has presented at numerous international conferences, and won Young Investigator Award competitions at Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology 2016, and the International Society for Hypertension meeting 2016. Her research interests are in the functions of perivascular adipose tissue in modulating vascular tone, and adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity, leading to hypertension and diabetes. 


Sept 2014 - March 2017: PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine

Sept 2013 - Sept 2014: MRes in Cardiovascular Science

Sept 2009 - July 2013: BSc Pharmacology with Honours

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Society memberships:

Physiological Society

British Pharmacological Society

International Society of Hypertension

European Society for Cardiology

External positions

Placement student, University of Nevada School of Medicine

1 Aug 20111 Aug 2012

Areas of expertise

  • QP Physiology - Perivascular adipose tissue, Vascular biology, Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes, Inflammation

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Microvasculature , Obesity, Adipocytes, Inflammation, Sympathetic nerves, Adrenoceptors, Adiponectin, Hypertension, Diabetes

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