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Current Research Interests

Investigating new mechanisms of bone formation and vascular calcification.

Research Interests

Our group undertakes research in bone formation and vascular calcification. We examine the mechanisms of differentiation and calcification in growth plate chondrocytes, osteoblasts, vascular smooth muscle cells and valvular interstitial cells. Our research employs transgenic models and clinical samples and utilises use a range of molecular, histological and imaging techniques. The elucidation of new mechanisms of bone formation and vascular calcification may identify new potential therapeutic targets in human and animal disease.

Positions available

PhD studentship opportunities

Projects are available for individuals with self arranged funding, who are able to meet University tuition fees and living expenses through dedicated fellowships and/or private means. Please contact Dr Vicky MacRae (vicky.macrae@roslin.ed.ac.uk) for details.

Administrative Roles

The Roslin Institute Seminar Committee

The Roslin Institute Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee

The Bone Research Society Committee


Cell motility lecture and tutorials in The Animal Body (I) (1st year BVMS)

Supervision of postgraduate, honours and summer student research projects.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Growth associated and stress-induced myopathies in the domestic chicken (Gallus domesticus), University of Edinburgh, College of Medicine

Jan 2001Dec 2003

Biological Sciences (Zoology Honours) , Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Oct 1997Jun 2000

External positions

Postdoctoral research scientist 'Mechanisms of initiation of bone mineralisation', Roslin Institute

Jan 2007Dec 2008

Postdoctoral research scientist 'The role of SOCS2 in bone growth', Roslin Institute

Nov 2006Jan 2007

Research fellow, 'The role of cytokines in the growth retardation associated with paediatric chronic inflammatory disorders', Royal Hospital for Sick Children

May 2004Oct 2006


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