School of Veterinary Medicine and Science


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Catrin Rutland

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Developmental Genetics, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


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Teaching Summary

Post graduate Sub-Dean for Research

Deputy Head of Division

Teaching: Research rotations, vacation scholarships, anatomy/histology/cardiorespiratory/research in a number of Veterinary Medicine and Science modules. I previously convened Cardiorespiratory 1 (2009-2013) and Research Module (2013-2023).

Module convenor for three Nottingham Advantage Award modules - Veterinary Careers, Anatomy and Art, and Volunteering.

Committee member and Representative of the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (2013-present).

Member of the International Committee on Veterinary Gross Anatomical Nomenclature (I.C.V.G.A.N.) working on Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria.

Associate Editor for Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia and Slovenian Veterinary Research. Guest editor for Cancers and several Frontiers journals. International editor for Alexandria Journal of Veterinary Sciences.

Wikivet trustee and OVAM collaborator.

Member of the Nottingham Recognition Scheme committee, mentoring and assessing Higher Education Academy recognition applications.

External examiner for UK Veterinary Schools.

Winner of The Lord Dearing Award, Vice-Chancellors Award and several University Oscars Awards.

Research Summary

My research areas are integrated within The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science Research themes and concentrate on cardiovascular disorders (heart disease and angiogenesis), oncology and… read more

Selected Publications

Present Laboratory Members:

Aziza Alibhai - Senior researcher

Dr Anna Harris - PhD BBSRC (Profs Mongan and Fray)

Dr Suzan Ghannam - PhD (Profs Rakha, Mongan, Allegrucci)

Maria Haque - PhD BBSRC (Profs Mongan, Jeyapalan, Rakha)

Dhruvika Varun - PhD BBSRC (Dr Jeyapalan and Prof Mongan)

Rodhan Patke - PhD BBSRC (Prof Mongan and Dr Jeyapalan)

Charo Molina and Rute Santos - PhD BBSRC DTP Rotation researchers (Prof Mongan and Dr Jeyapalan)

Jorja Jackson-Oxley - MRes (Profs Mongan and Dunning)

Rachel Thompson - MRes (Profs Mongan and Fray)

Cláudia Gomes - MRes (Profs Cobb, Monagn, Dr Jeyapalan)

Jack Guerin, Jack Cox - MSci

James Cockcroft - 2021-2023 Inspire studentship (Academy of Medical Science/Wellcome)

Ellise Eldridge, Jessica Dobbe, Rebecca Richardson - 2022/2023 Royal Society grant scholars

Past/graduated members:


Dr Siobhan Simpson - BBSRC

Dr Jennifer Edwards - BBSRC

Dr Matthew Parnall - BHF

Dr Ramzi Al-Agele

Dr Michael Agbaje

Dr Maria (Lola) Ruiz Diaz - Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence

Dr Veronika Metzler - BBSRC

Dr Emma Lund - BBSRC

Dr Daisy Haigh - BBSRC

Dr James Wilson - AHDB

Dr Corinne Woodcock - BBSRC, now post doctoral researcher in the Mongan Laboratory

Dr Jemma Franklin - BBSRC

Dr Jennifer Lothion-Roy - BBSRC

MRes: Adam Best, Emily Paul (Weston Award Scholarship), Sophie Taylor.

MPhysio: Elizabeth Stoddard, Jemma Sayers, Anne Skivington, Kyra Wakeman, Sarah Smith.

MSci: Nathan Clay, Inmeet Grover, Jason Zheng, Harrison Dowling, Mohammed Saeed, Emily Stephens, Maria Stuart, Emilia Biondi, Elysia Pughe, Heather Lambert, Kabilas Parameswaran, Heather Dunn, Francesca Hepworth, Verdana Rani, Kavish Amin, Joseph Wightman, Richard Ryder.

Internships: Lena Partusch (European Association of Veterinary Anatomists Early Career Scholarship 2024). Ewelina Prozorowska, Poznań University and Kristýna Glocová, Brno University (European Association of Veterinary Anatomists Early Career Scholarship) - International teaching and research internships. Lucy Slater - research writing internship. Dr Paula Wong nee Baskeyfield, Luana Garcia dos Santos, Holly Graham - Clinical and Science without Borders internships), Gar Wai Kerry Chung - Graduate Intern and research technician, Paul (Pablo) Barrett - Graduate Intern, Mariam Saigar - Researcher and scientific writer, Claire Bordoli - Cascade E-Museum curator and research technician, Kirsty Hillier - Cascade E-Museum curator, Adeel Khan - JISC museum E-curator

Summer studentships:

Ellise Eldridge, Jessica Dobbe, Rebecca Richardson, Royal Society 2023

Jack Cobb, Cancer Sciences Bursary 2022

Adam Best, Kara-Zoe Kordtomeikel,Serena Wong, Jennifer Hall, James Cockcroft, Sophia Swaine, Samantha Bennison, Emily Barker, Georgina Kivneen, Heather Hemingway-Arnold, Anais Dosanj, Chiara Parravicini - INSPIRE Summer and Winter 2020/2021 studentships (Academy of Medical Science/Wellcome)

Zoe Skinner, Natasha Clarke - 2019 INSPIRE (Academy of Medical Sciences/Wellcome) research studentship and Clinical EMS.

Emma Cousins, Clara Bailey - 2018 Clinical EMS

Madeline Mestas, Georgia Miller, Keshia Merry - 2017 INSPIRE (Academy of Medical Sciences/Wellcome) studentships

Dulcie Smith, Katie White - 2016 Clinical EMS

Matthew Keane - 2015 BBSRC studentship

Zoe Hood, Zoe Stokes - 2014 BBSRC studentship, 2015 research interns

Jenny Price, Agata Witkowska - 2013 BBSRC studentship and 2014/15 clinical research intern

Chloe Hughes - 2012 BBSRC studentship, JISC OVAM museum curator and clinical placement student.

Ammar Alibhai - 2011 BBSRC studentship, Cascade funded educational web page designer

Emilia Harding - 2010 BBSRC studentship, anatomy research/web design

Research Technician: Sophie Galloway

Research Projects: Mark Plested, Sarah Geldart, Robin Cheung, Chloe Hughes, Agata WItkowska, Meghan Moore, Stephanie Barnett, Carolize Compton, Lauren Porteous, Thomas Mignan, Madeleine Nyberg, Hannah Partridge, Holly Graham, Janika Patel, Henry Johnson, Megan Godden, Nuria Holzleg, Elise Moritz, Matthew Keane, Rachel Woolley, Kyle Eadie, Imogen Purvis, Katie White, Dulcie Smith, Keshia Merry, Georgia Miller, Charlotte Jackman, Clara Bailey, Emma Cousins, Emily Boardman (Uni of Swansea), Adam Best, Kirsty Ranson, Alasdair Ross, Samantha Bennison, James Cockcroft, Sophia Swaine, Shirley Mai, Rebecca Richardson, Thalia Smale, Jessica Dobbe, Ellise Eldridge, Sarah Monkman.

Melissa Bexon, Rhys Owen, Riaz Rhemu, Lottie Back - Assisted supervision of research projects

Current Research

My research areas are integrated within The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science Research themes and concentrate on cardiovascular disorders (heart disease and angiogenesis), oncology and anatomy.

Complex Diseases and Cardiovascular Medicine: My investigations centre around the developing cardiovascular system and include researching cardiac disorders and angiogenesis, particularly cardiomyopathies, os cordis, and cancer. In addition to investigating humans and models, my group concentrate on a comparative medicine approach, looking into companion animals that are suffering from cardiovascular disorders and cancer and trying to elucidate the genes that are affected/causative. We also undertake histological and anatomical research in a range of veterinary and human conditions. This work develops diagnostic and prognostic tests, treatments and working towards cures for cardiovascular, cancer and angiogenesis related disorders. We use a number of techniques to investigate disorders including molecular, cellular, histological, anatomical, imaging, protein, CT, MRI and epigenetics.

My research investigates both naturally-acquired and genetic diseases in many species throughout development, into adulthood and in old age. The overall aim of the work is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms behind both normal and diseased states.

Overall Aims of the Research: The work that we are undertaking will help us to better understand disorders including cardiomyopathies, musculoskeletal disorders, oncology, so that more effective diagnosis techniques, treatments and advice for patients/owners can be developed. An integrated approach to disease and development is undertaken and therefore collaborators include scientists and clinicians and a number of veterinary surgeons.

Education Research:

Student achievement and support:

I investigate the effects of educational and socioeconomic background, gender and nationality upon the student experience and grade achievements, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. I have also researched student support requirements in relation to tutorial systems, investigated the effects of COVID-19 on pedagogical outcomes and student needs, and presented keynote lectures and publications on remote teaching and technology.

Anatomy education:

My veterinary education research revolves around developing the SVMS online veterinary museum to enable more effective learning and also includes developing teaching and museum materials. I also collaborated on the international online anatomy museum grant (OVAM) and continue to support and develop the initiative and I am a WikiVet Trustee.

Present funding: Royal Society. BBSRC. Academy of Medical Sciences+Wellcome Trust. AHDB. Nottingham Strategic Award. Industrial awards. International Collaboration Fund. GCRF. Prostate Cancer UK. Geoff Butler Donations and other donations.

Past funding includes: BBSRC, BHF, JISC, EBLEX, EAVA, MRC, Higher Education Academy, Royal Society, Petplan, Waltham Foods, Anatomical Society, British Society for Developmental Biology, Talent Builder internships, Cascade Impact, Weston Scholarship, CEVA, Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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