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Ewan Camplisson

I am investigating cardiac longevity in the worlds oldest living vertebrate, the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus). I aim to look at a number of the hallmarks of aging and determine if the Greenland shark exhibits these signs of aging. 

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My Background

I completed my undergraduate degree with honours at the University of Dundee (Scotland) in 2020 studying Pharmacology. My thesis under supervision from Professor Tim Hales, focused on biased agonists at the μ-opioid receptor. I then went on to complete a Masters of Science at Heriot Watt University studying International Marine Sciences, finishing in 2021. My Master's thesis was focused on Basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) and was supervised by Professor Rupert Ormond and Professor Mauvis Gore. 

Upon completion of my Master's I began applying for PhDs. I was accepted in 2022 as a student by Dr Gina Galli and Professor Holly Shiels from the University of Manchester. I then secured funding from the BBSRC for a four year PhD program, starting in September 2022.

My PhD is titled "Mechanisms of cardiac longevity in the world's longest live vertebrate, the Greenland shark". This work will investigate several of the nine hallmarks of aging, with a focus on genomic instability, epigenetic alterations, telomere attrition, mitochondrial dysfunction and deregulated nutrient sensing.

So far this project has involved collaboration with Dr Neal Dawson from the University of Glasgow and an expedition to Greenland to collect samples and complete assays on fresh tissue. Some initial data has also been presented at the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) 2023 conference. 

Funding and Academic achievements

I am funded by the BBSRC DTP PhD program.

I have received additional funding from the Company of Biologists and the Anglo-Danish society.

I have presented a poster at the 2023 European Elasmobranch Association annual conference titled "Effects of temperature and age on metabolic enzyme capacity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus)".

I am a member of the Physiological society, Fisheries society of the British Isles, shark trust, European Elasmobranch Association and the European Society of Cardiology.  

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