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Christopher Toepfer

PhD


BHF CRE Intermediate Transition Fellow

  • BHF CRE Intermediate Transition Fellow
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Eugene Braunwald Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine 2018-2019 BWH

Background

Chris completed his PhD at Imperial College London under the supervision of Professor Michael Ferenczi and Dr. James Sellers (NHLBI, NIH). Studying cardiac muscle regulation in health and disease. He subsequently began a Post-doc with the support of a Sir Henry Wellcome Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Professors Christine and Jonathan Seidman at Harvard Medical School and Professor Hugh Watkins at the RDM Oxford.

Chris is currently supported by a BHF CRE Intermediate Transition Fellowship In Oxford to investigate the role of thick filament variants in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The laboratory focuses on  CRISPR/Cas-9 engineering of human induced pluripotent stem cells. These cells can be differentiated into cardiomyocytes, which are used to model human heart disease in a dish.