Professor Ingeborg Hers

M.Sc.(Amst.), Ph.D.(Utrecht)

  • BS8 1TD


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Research interests

How does platelet stimulation by a variety of agonists lead to activation and platelet aggregation? We are interested in elucidating the signalling pathways that are involved in platelet activation, in particular those that may play a role in platelet hyperactivity in conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Platelets are able to respond to a wide range of agonists and when activated at the site of injury they rapidly aggregate to form a platelet haemostatic plug. Increased or inappropriate platelet activation, however, will lead to thrombosis and vascular complications. Risk factors such as obesity and some genetic factors lead to a resistance to insulin, which is the major underlying cause of type II, adult-onset diabetes, the most common type of diabetes. Type II diabetes is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, which is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in these patients. There is substantial evidence for platelet hyperactivity in patients with diabetes, which is thought to play a contributory role in diabetic heart disease. Although, the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiovascular disease is not yet fully understood, it is likely to involve the clustering of certain risk factors, often called the insulin resistance syndrome, which is associated with type II diabetes. In our lab, we are interested in investigating the contribution of these risk factors to making platelets hyper responsive.

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Research Output

  • 40 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Letter (Academic Journal)

Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors Suppress Platelet Procoagulant Responses and In Vivo Thrombosis

Agbani, E. O., Zhao, X., Williams, C. M., Aungraheeta, R., Hers, I., Swenson, E. R. & Poole, A. W., 1 Jan 2020, In : Platelets. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Identification of PtdIns(3,4)P2 effectors in human platelets using quantitative proteomics

    Durrant, T. N., Moore, S. F., Bayliss, A. L., Jiang, Y., Aitken, E. W., Wilson, M. C., Heesom, K. J. & Hers, I., 1 Feb 2020, In : Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. 1865, 2, 12 p., 158575.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 153 Downloads (Pure)

    Redundant role of ASK1-mediated p38MAPK activation in human platelet function

    Sledz, K. M., Moore, S. F., Vijayaragavan, V., Mallah, S., Goudswaard, L. J., Williams, C. M., Hunter, R. W. & Hers, I., 1 Apr 2020, In : Cellular Signalling. 68, 11 p., 109528.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Supervised Work

    Identification and Elucidation of Novel Platelet Primers

    Author: Liu, H., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Hers, I. (Supervisor) & Poole, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)


    The Effect of Hyperglycaemia and Thrombopoietin on Platelet Function

    Author: Halliwell, S., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Hers, I. (Supervisor) & Poole, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)


    Using Drosophila to model schizophrenia symptoms

    Author: Hidalgo Sotelo, S. I., 12 May 2020

    Supervisor: Hodge, J. (Supervisor) & Hers, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)