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Prof Daniela Riccardi  -  PhD

I obtained my BA in Zoology and MRes in Physiopathological methods from the University of Milan, Italy, where I investigated mechanisms of water transport in mammalian epithelia. I did my PhD in Physiology working between the University of Milan and the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, under the supervision of Prof. SC Hebert, in the Renal Division of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Once obtained my PhD, in 1993, I returned to Prof. Hebert lab where I identified and characterised the CaR from mammalian kidney. Following my discoveries on the CaR, I have been awarded the first prize in Excellence in Research from the American Society of Nephrology and National Kidney Foundation, a Research Fellowship from the National Kidney Foundation and The Wellcome Trust Prize for Excellence in Physiology.

My current research centres on how cells sense and respond to perturbations in the extracellular milieu, particularly cations (Ca2+), nutrients (amino acids) and, in collaboration with Prof. PJ Kemp, gases (O2, CO and H2S).

In 1997, I moved to the UK where I established my own research group at Manchester University and where I remained until 2004. In 2004, I moved to the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University.