August/September 2011 Spotlight - Radek Debiec
Radek DebiecDepartment of Cardiovascular Sciences
University of Leicester, Clinical Sciences Wing
Glenfield General Hospital
Leicester, LE3 9QP. UK
PhD student; (funded through University of Leicester 50th Anniversary Scholarship)
MD – first degree in medicine, Medical University of Lodz (Poland), Honours (2006)
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am an enthusiastic junior doctor trying to combine research interests with clinical commitments and training. I have obtained my medical degree in Poland but moved to the UK to pursue my interest in the genetics of cardiovascular disorders at the University of Leicester. I am a committed father of 18 month old Weronika and have a special interest in sea sailing and marine literature.
When did you become interested in science?
My interest in science started in secondary school following a course on Mendelian genetics and this continued through my medical studies.
Tell us a little bit about your research/research program
My current research project focuses on exploration of the genetic variation of urotensin 2 signalling pathway in predisposition to hypertension and chronic kidney disease. By using family based association studies, gene expression and evolutionary analyses I hope to contribute to understanding of this biological pathway and its role in cardiovascular patophysiology.
How did you become involved with the ISH?
It was thanks to my PhD supervisor Dr Maciej Tomaszewski – member of the ISH New Investigator Committee that I became a member of the ISH (I was the first fellow elected into the scheme). Dr Tomaszewski showed me how ISH can support my research career and facilitate my interaction with senior researchers in the field.
What do you consider to be your most significant scientific contribution (provide Pubmed PMID if possible)?
We performed a large scale genetic association analysis of ambulatory blood pressure in a large collection of families recruited from general population. This paper not only reports novel interesting loci associated with BP but also provides important insights into genetic architecture of this trait.
What upcoming conferences will you be attending?
The British Hypertension Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2011 - 12 - 14/09/2011, Queens' College, Cambridge, UK
What is your favourite manuscript from a lab other than your own (provide Pubmed PMID if possible)?
What was your first conference?
European Society of Cardiology Congress 2010, Stockholm, Sweden; I won the Young Investigators Population Sciences Award.
What is the furthest you have traveled for a conference?
European Society of Cardiology Congress 2010, Stockholm, Sweden
What entity (i.e. equipment, patient population) is essential to your research?
A high through-put sequencing facility
What area of research do you wish you knew more about?
Computer programming - to facilitate large scale genetic analyses.
Any advice for other young scientists?
Take every opportunity to interact and work with leaders in your research field. They are the ones you can learn the most from. Don’t be shy to ask questions!