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Research interests

I am interested in how the cardiac ultrastructure impacts the function of the heart, in particular the organisation of specialised structures known as the dyad and transverse tubules. I am investigating how these structures are remodelled in atrial fibrillation and heart failure, and whether specific proteins can be targeted to restore cardiac organisation and function in heart disease.

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Projects

  • Restoration of calcium balance by calsequestrin in atrial fibrillation

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Current funding

  • 2019–2022: Heart Foundation of New Zealand Research Fellowship
  • 2020–2022: Health Research Council Emerging Researcher First Grant

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Previous funding

  • Heart Foundation of New Zealand small project grant

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Publications

Munro, M. L., van Hout, I., Aitken-Buck, H., Sugunesegran, R., Bhagwat, K., Davis, P. J., Lamberts, R. R., Coffey, S., … Jones, P. P. (2021). Human atrial fibrillation is not associated with remodeling of ryanodine receptor clusters. Frontiers in Cell & Developmental Biology, 9, 633704. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.633704

Munro, M. L., & Jones, P. P. (2020). Too much of a good thing? Establishing a role of excessive RyR2 dephosphorylation in heart disease. Journal of Physiology, 598(6), 1115-1116. doi: 10.1113/jp279569

Munro, M. L., van Hout, I., Sugunesegran, R., Bhagwat, K., Davis, P. J., Bunton, R. W., Coffey, S., … Jones, P. P. (2019, September). Resolving the role of dyadic organisation in cardiac dysfunction. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Hinton, L., Jones, P., & Munro, M. (2019, September). Role protein kinase CK2 in regulation of the cardiac Ryanodine Receptor. Poster session presented at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Chakraborty, A. D., Gonano, L. A., Munro, M. L., Smith, L. J., Thekkedam, C., Staudacher, V., Gamble, A. B., … Jones, P. P. (2019). Activation of RyR2 by class I kinase inhibitors. British Journal of Pharmacology, 176, 773-786. doi: 10.1111/bph.14562