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Dr Clare Thompson
MBiochem, PhD


Research Funding

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Current Funded Research Projects

Organ-on-a-chip Centre of Excellence

Funding source: Emulate Inc.
Start: 20-08-2019  /  End: 19-09-2023
Amount: £525,375

The QM-Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre provides access to Emulate’s Organs-on-Chips technology to enable researchers to develop organ models of their design to expedite their experiments. Expert staff are on hand to support with training and use of the platform as well as pushing forward new organ-on-a-chip research projects led by Knight and Screen. The Centre also provides opportunities for collaboration with Emulate and support for commercialisation and translational impact. The centre is part of the new Centre for Predictive in vitro Models (CPM). Visit the web site to see full details of this and the new Emulate centre:

Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre Technician

Funding source: Emulate Inc.
Start: 01-01-2021  /  End: 31-12-2022
Amount: £49,584

Current PhD Studentship Projects

Effect of substrate stiffness on primary cilia signalling

Funding source: China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Start: 03-09-2018  /  End: 02-09-2022

This China Scholarship Council (CSC) studentship examines the effect of substrate stiffness on primary cilia signalling. Initial studies will examine the effect on chondrocyte cilia expression and IFT-dependent inflammatory signalling.

Previous Funded Research Projects

Osteoarthritis may be treated as an environmental ciliopathy

Funding source: MRC
Start: 01-09-2014  /  End: 30-03-2020

This study tests the hypothesis that pathological alterations in the cartilage microenvironment regulate chondrocyte primary cilia structure leading to changes in cilia signalling which drive cartilage degradation.    Increasing evidence suggests that primary cilia and the associated signalling pathways are critical for the health of articular cartilage ...

Development of a synovium-chondrocyte organ-on-a-chip model with integrated biomechanical stimulation

Funding source: EPSRC OA Tech Network plus Pump-Priming Project Grant
Start: 01-07-2019  /  End: 31-12-2019

We plan to develop an organ-on-a chip microfluidic model to investigate the effects of mechanical stimulation on the interaction between musculoskeletal cells within the joint. This chip will incorporate the multiple cell types seen in cartilage and the surrounding synovial environment to mimic human tissue architecture, cellular microenvironment and signalling.

Innovation Fund: High-throughput Library Screen

Funding source: B.B.S.R.C.
Start: 01-09-2016  /  End: 31-10-2019

A high throughput screen of 1721 FDA approved small molecules will be conducted to identify compounds that regulate cilia expression in primary bovine chondrocytes.

Previous PhD Studentship Projects

Development of high throughput imaging screen of compounds effecting primary cilia expression and resulting consequences for cilia function.

Funding source: Principal's Scholarship
Start: 04-04-2018  /  End: 03-04-2021

A high throughput screen of 1721 FDA approved small molecules will be conducted to identify compounds that regulate cilia expression in primary bovine chondrocytes. We will then test the hypothesis that pharmaceutical manipulation of chondrocyte primary cilia expression regulates mechanosignalling.

Changes in primary cilia mediate the anti-inflammatory effects of mechanical loading

Funding source: China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Start: 29-09-2015  /  End: 28-09-2019

This new PhD studentship follows on from our previous work highlighting the importance of primary cilia in inflammation. Here we will examine whether mechanical loading is anti-inflammatory due to its effect on reducing primary cilia length. The study will initially focus on articular cartilage for which IL-1B stimulates cartilage degeneration as seen in osteoarthritis. Previous studies have shown that compressive mechanical loading is anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that primary cilia are required for inflammatory signalling and are also modulated by mechanical loading. This study aims to identify the effect of mechanical loading on IL-1B induced inflammatory signalling and test the hypothesis that mechanical loading modulates IL-1? signalling by regulating primary cilia length and trafficking. PhD Student: Su Fu