Dr Weldon's research programme is centred on host defence mechanisms and their regulation in acute and chronic lung inflammation to better understand the pathogenesis of lung diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis.
Current projects are focussed on (1) developing novel biomarkers of pulmonary infection, inflammation and damage, (2) increasing understanding of innate host defence protein and microRNA function and their roles in disease pathogenesis, (3) investigating novel therapeutic strategies to repair and regenerate the lung in acute and chronic lung disease.
Dr Weldon is open to PhD applications in the fields of;
- Innate immunity
- Repair and regeneration
- MiRNA function
- Transcriptomics in the field of acute and chronic lung inflammation and disease
PhD Title: Exploring the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells in a model of chronic inflammatory lung disease
Name: Lydia Roets
Years of Study: 2017 - 2020
Alumni: where are they now?
PhD Title: Defining the role of cathepsin S as a mediator of acute lung inflammation
Years of Study: 2012 - 2016
Current position: Specialist Biomedical Scientist, Royal Victoria Hospital
PhD Title: Functional analysis and biomarker potential of microRNA targets in the Cystic Fibrosis lung
Years of Study: 2013 - 2017
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Research Assistant, QUB