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Professor Amrita Ahluwalia appointed as the new Dean for Research

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia appointed as the new Dean for Research
I look forward to working with my excellent colleagues across the university, the Trust and of course particularly the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry. I am sure that together we can deliver 'Better health for all'
— Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, Dean for Research

Our new Dean for Research

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia is a pharmacologist with a passion for nurturing the next generation of researchers and increasing diverse representation in biomedical science. She has led discoveries identifying the key importance of the non-canonical pathway for nitric oxide generation, and with Barts Health Trust clinical pharmacologists and cardiologists, translated her observations demonstrating the efficacy of inorganic nitrate (beetroot) and/or nitrite in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, namely high blood pressure and ischaemic heart disease. Since 2016 she has been serving as the Editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology which, under her leadership, has become the leading scientific journal within its field.

Professor Ahluwalia served previously as the Co-Director of William Harvey Research Institute between 2016-2020 as well as undertaking numerous faculty and university-wide initiatives. In 2017 she established the Barts Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit, which is a spoke of The UKCRC accredited Barts CTU. In her new role, will apply her expertise, extensive international network, and record of cultivating successful research environments to realise our strategic mission: ‘Better health for all’.

Image of a woman scientist looking through a microscope

Developing the next generation of scientists

During her tenure as the Deputy Director and later Co-Director of William Harvey Research Institute the institute's research income grew from £15m to £22m and the number of returned academics substantially increased from REF 2014. Professor Ahluwalia also championed diversity of representation within the institute with considerable success.

In 2018 and 2020 she was tasked by the Principal with a university-wide review of the academic promotions process which led to substantial changes and a higher success rate among members from underrepresented backgrounds and communities.

Professor Ahluwalia has a passion for supporting scientists in early stages of their career. She has been the first PhD supervisor for 20 students (Discovery and clinical), all of whom were funded through competitively won studentships and fellowships. She also leads the current BHF-funded Doctoral Training Programme at Queen Mary.

Storage of a blood clotting factor in the mouse microvascular venule.

(Image of a storage of a blood clotting factor in the mouse microvascular venule. - Sammy El-Mansi, WHRI)

National and International Leadership

Under her leadership the British Journal of Pharmacology has expanded the international diversity of its editorial board, gaining important representation from China, India and Latin America. Earlier in her career Professor Ahluwalia worked as the Chair of The Women-In Pharmacology Committee of the British Pharmacological Society where she established the first mentoring scheme specifically for women among British learned societies. 

I am delighted to announce Prof Amrita Ahluwalia as our new Dean for Research. She will engage with you to implement our research strategy and lead preparations for the next Research Excellence Framework where she already has extensive experience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mauro Perretti for his hard work and care for all of us. I wish Amrita well in her new role
— Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, Vice-Principal (Health)
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