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Manuela Ratnayake

EngD candidate

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Manu developed a passion for biological science while undertaking her final year project investigating DNA-based transistors, realising the potential for real life applications of engineering in the field of biomedical science. Manu decided to pursue this passion by undertaking an EngD (Medical Devices) at the University of Strathclyde under the supervision of Prof. John McCarron and Dr. Mairi Sandison. Her current research interests lie in the area of cellular signalling and the information processing that occurs in vessels in healthy and diseased blood vessels. Her EngD research has focused on investigating the mechanisms by which the endothelium processes signals and information by using the second messenger calcium, with a particular focus on the complex interplay between excitatory and inhibitory signalling.

When she has the time, Manu is very artistic enjoying painting and photography. Manu also enjoys visiting the cinema and travelling when she can.

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