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2005: PhD from the University of Edinburgh School of Clinical and Surgical Science (Supervisors Dr. Simon Brown & Prof. John Savill)
1995: BSc (Hons) University of Abertay Dundee, Biotechnology (1st class)
2000: Medical Research Council Human Reproductive Unit (Prof. Richard Anderson’s group)
2005: Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit (Prof. Julia Dorin’s group)
2007: University of Edinburgh Circadian Physiology Group (Prof. Tony Harmar’s group)
2009: Principal Investigator, University of Edinburgh Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences
2013: British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Fellow
2013: Visiting Scientist Sanford Burnham Medical Research Inst, California (Prof. Rolf Bodmer’s group)
2015: Senior Lecturer (Functional Genetics) Bournemouth University
I’m interested in gene function and the use of non-mammalian animal models to assist our understanding of how genes affect basic cellular processes - especially the processes relevant to ageing and disease in humans.
There’s an ever-increasing wealth of data linking variance in our genes with disease and ageing. However, experimental systems to study these links are often expensive, difficult to establish and ethically challenging. Progress, therefore, can be slow.
Our approach involves the fruit fly (Drosophila), a simple organism that’s been of central importance to genetic research for over a century. By studying the fly’s heart and kidney function we’re gaining important insights into cardiovascular physiology. These insights are helping establish which genetic mutations promote disease and prevent healthy ageing in humans.
- Hurcombe, J., Hartley, P. and et al, 2019. Podocyte GSK3 is an evolutionarily conserved critical regulator of kidney function. Nature Communications.
- Blice-Baum, A.C., Guida, M.C., Hartley, P., Adams, P., Bodmer, R. and Cammarato, A., 2018. As time flies by: Investigating cardiac aging in the short-lived Drosophila model. BBA - Molecular Basis of Disease.
- Psathaki, O.E., Denhem, L., Hartley, P.S. and Paululat, A., 2018. Drosophila pericardial nephrocyte ultrastructure changes during ageing. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development.
- Vaughan, L., Marley, R., Miellet, S. and Hartley, P., 2017. The impact of SPARC on age-related cardiac dysfunction and fibrosis in Drosophila. Experimental gerontology.
- Hartley, P., 2016. SPARC-Dependent Cardiomyopathy in Drosophila. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.
- Ivy, J.R., Catterson, J.H., Drechsler, M., Bodmer, R., Ocorr, K., Paululat, A. and Hartley, P., 2015. Klf15 Is Critical for the Development and Differentiation of Drosophila Nephrocytes. PLoS One, 10 (8).
- Catterson, J.H., Heck, M.M. and Hartley, P.S., 2013. Fermitins, the orthologs of mammalian Kindlins, regulate the development of a functional cardiac syncytium in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One, 8, e62958.
- Hartley, P.S., 2013. Mice housed in groups of 4-6 exhibit a diurnal surge in their platelet count. Platelets, 24, 412-414.
- Tracey, C.J., Pan, X., Catterson, J.H., Harmar, A.J., Hussain, M.M. and Hartley, P.S., 2012. Diurnal expression of the thrombopoietin gene is regulated by CLOCK. J Thromb Haemost, 10, 662-669.
- Hartley, P.S., 2012. The diurnal tick-tockery of platelet biology. Platelets, 23, 157-160.
- Catterson, J.H., Knowles-Barley, S., James, K., Heck, M.M., Harmar, A.J. and Hartley, P.S., 2010. Dietary modulation of Drosophila sleep-wake behaviour. PLoS One, 5, e12062.
- Hartley, P.S., Sheward, J., Scholefield, E., French, K., Horn, J.M., Holmes, M.C. and Harmar, A.J., 2009. Timed feeding of mice modulates light-entrained circadian rhythms of reticulated platelet abundance and plasma thrombopoietin and affects gene expression in megakaryocytes. Br J Haematol, 146, 185-192.
- Hartley, P.S., John Sheward, W., French, K., Horn, J.M., Holmes, M.C. and Harmar, A.J., 2008. Food-entrained rhythmic expression of PER2 and BMAL1 in murine megakaryocytes does not correlate with circadian rhythms in megakaryopoiesis. J Thromb Haemost, 6, 1144-1152.
- Hartley, P.S., Savill, J.S. and Brown, S.B., 2007. Hypoglycaemia predisposes platelets to death by affecting calcium homeostasis and mitochondrial integrity. Platelets, 18, 103-112.
- Hartley, P.S., 2007. Platelet senescence and death. Clin Lab, 53, 157-166.
- Hartley, P.S., Savill, J. and Brown, S.B., 2006. The death of human platelets during incubation in citrated plasma involves shedding of CD42b and aggregation of dead platelets. Thromb Haemost, 95, 100-106.
- Martins da Silva, S.J., Bayne, R.A., Cambray, N., Hartley, P.S., McNeilly, A.S. and Anderson, R.A., 2004. Expression of activin subunits and receptors in the developing human ovary: activin A promotes germ cell survival and proliferation before primordial follicle formation. Dev Biol, 266, 334-345.
- Hartley, P.S., Bayne, R.A., Robinson, L.L., Fulton, N. and Anderson, R.A., 2002. Developmental changes in expression of myeloid cell leukemia-1 in human germ cells during oogenesis and early folliculogenesis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 87, 3417-3427.
- Anderson, R.A., Cambray, N., Hartley, P.S. and McNeilly, A.S., 2002. Expression and localization of inhibin alpha, inhibin/activin betaA and betaB and the activin type II and inhibin beta-glycan receptors in the developing human testis. Reproduction, 123, 779-788.
- Hartley, P.S., Dawson, B., Lindsay, C., McCormick, P. and Wishart, G., 1999. Cryopreservation of houbara semen: A pilot study. Zoo Biology, 18, 147-152.
- Hurcombe, J. et al., 2017. Podocyte glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) is an evolutionarily conserved master regulator of glomerular/excretory function controlling podocyte differentiation and cell cycling. In: British Renal Association: UK Kidney Week 2017 19-21 June 2017 Liverpool, UK.
- Sivakumar, S., Coward, R. and Hartley, P.S., 2017. Insect nephrocytes as a model for human podocyte ageing. In: UK Kidney Week 2017 19-21 June 2017 Liverpool.
- Hartley, P.S., 2015. SPARC mediates cardiac ageing. In: Weinstein meeting on Cardiovascular Development 2015 28 April-2 May 2015 Boston, USA.
- Ivy, J.R., Catterson, J.H. and Hartley, P., 2012. Drosophila Bteb2, a Kruppel-like transcription factor, specifies and maintains adult pericardial nephrocytes. In: Physiology 2012 10-14 July 2012 Edinburgh, UK..
Profile of Teaching UG
- Advanced Cell Biology
- Cell Biology (1st Year BSc Biological Science)
- Advanced Topics in Genetics (3rd Year BSc Biological Sciences)
- Biological Research Skills (1st Year BSc Biological Sciences)
- Advanced Skills for Biology (2nd Year BSc Biological Sciences)
- Practical Skills in Biology (1st Year BSc Biological Sciences)
- Programme Lead BSc (Hons) Biological Science
A fly way to maintain blood homeostasis, University of Osnabruck, Osnabruck, Germany., 09 Dec 2014 more
University of Osnabruck invited speaker at Dept of Zoology seminar series
Simple yet sophisticated: Drosophila genetics and, Bristol University, 27 Oct 2015 more
Insect nephrocytes model of human podocyte ageing, Liverpool, 20 Jun 2017 more
UK Kidney Week: Invited Speaker
- Modelling Angiotensin receptor-associated protein (ATRAP) interaction dynamics to define novel targets for treatment of Chronic kidney disease (£220,472; Kidney Research UK) (Kidney Research UK, 01 Jun 2017). Awarded
- Welcome Trust Seed Award (£100,000) (Wellcome Trust, 11 Jan 2016). Awarded
- Using the fruit fly Drosophila to understand podocyte biology in diabetic nephropathy - a pilot study (£35,900, Kidney Research UK) (Kidney Research UK, 01 Oct 2015). Awarded
- Research in the USA on identifying the regulatory pathways controlling human KLF15 using fruit fly genetics (£2430, Carnegie Trust) (Carnegie Trust, 07 Jan 2014). Awarded
- Travel Award: Fly heart research at the Sanford Burnham Research Institute, La Jolla, California (£7500, SULSA) (SULSA, 15 Jun 2013). Awarded
- From Flies to Humans: Using Drosophila genetics to study cardiovascular physiology (£422,903, British Heart Foundation) (British Heart Foundation, 01 May 2013). Awarded
- The role of CLOCK in the control of megakaryocyte development (£142,168, British Heart Foundation) (British Heart Foundation, 01 Oct 2009). Awarded
- The role of Tuberin and Hamartin (Tsc1 and Tsc2) in the control of Circadian Rhythms (£72,302, Tuberous Sclerosis UK) (Tuberous Sclerosis Association UK, 01 Apr 2008). Awarded
- University of Bristol, Research collaborator (2017-2018)
- Wellcome Trust & University of Edinburgh, Collaborator on Seed Award (2016-2017)
- Line Manager, Hartley research group
- Line Manager, Hartley research group
- Impact Champion, Unit of Assessment Panel A, sub group 2; Impact Champion
- Lead organiser, Lab User Community
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Nuffield Research Placements give sixth form students hands-on experience of a professional research environment through a 4 - 6 week placement in their summer holidays. The programme is run by the Nuffield Foundation and works through regional networks to link talented students with organisations undertaking research. We work with over 200 different organisations including universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutes. By working with professional researchers, students gain an insight into a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. By providing a placement, you organisation can give someone a life-changing opportunity that will help transform them into a future scientist.
- UK Kidney Week, Insect nephrocytes as a model for human podocyte ageing, 19 Jun 2017, Liverpool, UK
- UK Kidney Week 2017, GSK is an evolutionarily conserved critical regulator of human podocyte function, 19 Jun 2017, Liverpool
- UK Kidney Week 2017, Novel mutations in NUP93 cause steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome., 19 Jun 2017, Liverpool
- Weinstein meeting on Cardiovascular Development 2015, SPARC mediates cardiac ageing, 30 Apr 2015, Boston, USA.
- Weinstein meeting on Cardiovascular Development 2015, SPARC mediates cardiac ageing, 28 Apr 2015, Boston, USA.
- PhD in Clinical And Surgical Science (University of Edinburgh, 2005)
- BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology (University of Abertay Dundee, 1999)
- Investigator Award (awarded after my invited lecture at UK Kidney Week, 2017) (The Renal Association, 2017)
- Biochem Society, Member (2017-2018),
- British Society for Cell Biology, Member (2017-),
- Royal Society of Biology, Member (2018-),
- Reagent network: we provided Amnionless and dKlf15 antisera to Marta Carrasco Rando and the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Madrid, Spain.
- Reagent network: we provided transgenic flies and antisera to Dr Friedhelm Hildebrandt (the Warren E. Grupe Professor of Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School's Division of Nephrology, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.