Our PhD Students

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PhD Student – School of Biosciences

Final year PhD student at Cardiff University working as part of a team investigating the potential of a new treatment (termed calcilytics) for inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma. I specifically focus on the effects of harmful particulate matter (a major component of air pollution) on human airway cells and study whether we can reverse some of these effects using calcilytics. This work could potentially provide a completely new way to treat inflammatory lung disease and increase the quality of life for millions of sufferers worldwide, especially those whose symptoms are worsened by exposure to air pollution.

I have successfully presented my research at numerous national and international conferences and have won numerous awards and prizes so far.

Awards & prizes

  • British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting 2019 – Runner-up Young Investigator of the Year from the British Lung Foundation
  • Welsh Thoracic Society Conference Autumn 2019 – Best Oral Non-Consultant Grade Presentation
  • £2000 Travel grant – awarded from Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair to attend ERS Congress 2019
  • Welsh Thoracic Society Conference Spring 2019 – Second Prize Poster Presentation
  • Welsh Thoracic Society Conference Autumn 2018 – Best Oral Non-Consultant Grade Presentation

Co-authored publications

Schepelmann, M.; Kupper, N.; Sladczyk, M.; Mansfield, B.; Manhardt, T.; Piatek, K.; Iamartino, L.; Riccardi, D.; Kariuki, B.M.; Bassetto, M.; Kallay, E. Stereo-Specific Modulation of the Extracellular Calcium-Sensing Receptor in Colon Cancer Cells. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22, 10124. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms221810124


Seconded to RIW from Cardiff and Vale UHB to undertake a part-time Ph.D. at Swansea University studying the use of Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure in chronic respiratory conditions. I aim to collect real-world evidence gathered through qualitative and qualitative research.

I am a Respiratory Physiotherapist working clinically to support people with Cystic Fibrosis at the All-Wales Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre in Cardiff. I have broad l experience, delivering care to people with a wide variety of conditions. I have a special interest in developing the shape of services, managing change projects to drive forward high quality, equitable and prudent care for people with chronic respiratory conditions across Wales.

Twitter: @CarwynBridges https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carwyn-Bridges/research

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