Dr Claire Ozber

Dr Claire Ozber


I joined the University of Leeds as a Research Technician in November 2015 and I have recently completed my PhD in Medicine (Cardiovascular Science) here at the University of Leeds. I have previously completed a BSc(Hons) in Genetics at the University of Leeds (2013) and an MSc in Molecular Medicine at the University of Sheffield (2014).

My previous work focussed on a common theme of atherosclerosis and vascular dysfunction in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Similarly, my current research projects involve examining ion channel activity in relation to endothelial function. 

I have previously worked on a wide variety of projects including:

  • The use of C. elegans as a new model organism for studying Malignant Hyperthermia
  • Genetic mechanisms of Type 1 von Willebrand Disease
  • Validating a new genetic model of Alzheimer's Disease (funded by Alzheimer's Society)
  • The role of T-Type Calcium channels in regulating vascular smooth muscle proliferation (funded by the British Heart Foundation)

Research interests

I am currently funded by the British Heart Foundation to work within Dr Jian Shi’s group on projects examining the function of a novel ion channel and how channel activity pertains to endothelial function


  • PhD Cardiovascular Science (2021)
  • MSc Molecular Medicine (2014)
  • BSc(Hons) Genetics (2013)

Professional memberships

  • North American Vascular Biology Organisation
  • British Society of Atherosclerosis

Research groups and institutes

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