Dr Emma Hethershaw

Dr Emma Hethershaw


I obtained my PhD from Imperial College London in 2006 where I studied protein-phospholipid interactions in the regulation of coagulation.

I joined the University of Leeds in January 2007 as a postdoctoral research scientist investigating molecular analysis of factor XIII and fibrinogen interactions in the regulation of fibrin assembly for 2 years.

In 2009 I moved onto a novel multi-disciplinary drug discovery project where I was instrumental in setting up and standardising all the now routine in vitro screening assays and procedures. As the project advanced, my role progressed into project manager of the in vitro biology with the associated responsibilities. During this time, I have been responsible for coordinating activity, monitoring progress, and ensuring proactive measures were put in place to ensure issues were dealt with as they arose. Activities included coordinating screening of novel compounds, quality control and dissemination of data, decision making regarding the progression of compounds to next level of screening, and maintaining accurate records, all to strict deadlines to ensure the success of the project.


  • LIGHT Laboratories Organisational Group for Information and Communication (LOGIC) co-chair

Research interests

My research is focused on the regulation of fibrin clot formation and fibrinolysis. In particular assay development, beta 2 glycoprotein I, factor XII, and protein-protein and protein-phospholipid membrane interactions.


  • PhD from Imperial College London
  • BSc (Hons) from University of Portsmouth

Professional memberships

  • BSHT
  • ISTH

Student education

To date, I have co-supervised 8 undergraduate placement students, 2 BSc intercalated medical students, and 1 PhD student. I have also been involved in lecturing and tutoring medical students, as well as designing and delivering a workshop on 'Fundamental Laboratory Skills' for new students (both undergraduate and postgraduate).

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Discovery and Translational Science
  • Cardiometabolic
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