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Dr Robert Jenkins

Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Email:
jenkinsrh2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7320
Location:
Arthritis Research Group, Tenovus Building, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

I am a Research Fellow at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University.  I have developed a successful research profile in the area of non-coding RNA biology in the context of chronic disease.  My expertise has enabled important discoveries in microRNA expression and function in in vivo/in vitro models and patient cohorts in diabetic nephropathy, peritoneal fibrosis and inflammatory arthritis.

I am a Research Fellow at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University.  I have developed a successful research profile in the area of non-coding RNA biology in the context of chronic disease.  My expertise has enabled important discoveries in microRNA expression and function in in vivo/in vitro models and patient cohorts in diabetic nephropathy, peritoneal fibrosis and inflammatory arthritis.

Honours and awards

  • Young Scientist Award – UK Renal Association, Manchester, UK, 2010, a competitive award for best oral science presentation

Academic positions

2017 - Arthritis Research UK Research Fellow

2013-2017 - Kidney Research UK Fellow, Cardiff University. Competitively awarded three-year fellowship (£192,656) to investigate microRNA regulation of macrophage phenotype in the context of peritoneal fibrosis.  Sponsors/collaborators: Prof DJ Fraser, Prof PR Taylor, Prof N Topley & Dr T Bowen. Institute of Nephrology, Cardiff University School of Medicine

2012-2013 - Secondment to Central Biotechnology Services (CBS), Cardiff University, supported by Toray Industries Inc., to develop their European centre for microRNA microarray analysis

2009-2012 - KRUK Research Project Grant: Postdoctoral Research Associate. Supervisors: Dr DJ Fraser & Dr T Bowen ‘The Role of microRNA-192 and -194 in Renal Proximal Tubular Epithelial Cell Phenotype’ Institute of Nephrology, Cardiff University School of Medicine

2007-2009        KRUK Research Project Grant: Postdoctoral Research Associate. Supervisors: Dr DJ Fraser & Prof AO Phillips ‘The influence of RNA Secondary Structure on Translational Regulation of Transforming Growth Factor-β1 (TGF- β1)’. Institute of Nephrology, Cardiff University School of Medicine

Committees and reviewing

  • Journal reviewer - FEBS Letters, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, Journal of Inflammation, Biochemical Journal, Clinical Science, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, PlosOne, Inflammation, Reproduction, BMC Nephrology, and Diabetes
  • Fellowship and project grant reviewer - Kidney Research UK and Heart Research UK
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for the journal Clinical Science

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I am enthusiastically engaged in teaching, supervision and mentoring of undergraduate, MD and PhD students. I have designed and delivered lectures, laboratory-based research projects and practical sessions. These include

  • Lectures on epigenetics in the modules ‘Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer’ and ‘Translational Oncology’ – Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (MSc), Cardiff University
  • Design, supervise and assess laboratory-based research projects for the Medical Pharmacology (BSc), Cardiff University
  • Guest lectures University of the West of England – Genetics (MSc)

My research objective is to link mechanistic studies with translational outcomes that improve the clinical management of inflammatory arthritis and diabetic nephropathy.  Throughout my postdoctoral and fellowship research I have developed an extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of microRNA biology with direct clinical relevance to chronic disease.  Specifically, I am interested holistic or ‘systems-based’ approaches to studying disease mechanisms using transcriptomics.  I have made important discoveries in diabetic nephropathy, peritoneal fibrosis and now inflammatory arthritis utilising a translational approach combining patient cohorts and functional evaluation in in vivo/in vitro models.  Scientific interest in my research is demonstrated through well-cited publications and invited reviews in leading journals (e.g., J Am Soc Nephrol, Am J Pathol, J Pathol) and numerous oral presentations at national and international conferences (e.g., UK Renal Association, American Society of Nephrology, RNA UK).  My achievements are further illustrated by research prizes (Young Scientist Award’ UK Renal Association) and as a reviewer and editorial member for several journals (J Am Soc Nephrol, Kidney Int, Clinical Science).