Short CV/Education and training

  • My research has focused on the role of serotonin in the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). More recently work has focused on sex effects and interactions between serotonin and oestrogen metabolism in PAH. I have a BHF programme grant and recently won the 2017 Reynold Spector Award for Clinical Pharmacology from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Other research awards include a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2010 and a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior research Fellowship in 2013. In 2013 I was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and awarded the British Pharmacological Society AstraZeneca Prize for Women in Pharmacology. I co-chaired a BBSRC grant committee and held committee roles within the American Thoracic Society (ATS). I was recently a member of the MRC Non-Clinical Training Panel, the BBSRC Industrial Case Assessment Panel and the BBSRC Skills and Careers Committee, having chaired the BBSRC Fellowship review. I am currently a member of the ATS Pulmonary Circulation Assembly Planning Committee. I received an MBE in the 2010 Queen’s New Years Honours list for her career and public engagement activities. I play a key role in public engagement agenda including running monthly events for Glasgow’s Cafe Scientifique (since 2004) and ‘Café with Heart’ showcasing the University cardiovascular research. I have a passion for postgraduate student training, having attracted over £7M for skills training, PhD and MRes opportunities and was appointed College Dean of Graduate Studies from 2010-2013. I have recently been elected as an Ordinary Member and Trustee of Council for the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Selected publications

  • White K, Johansen AK, Nilsen M et al. Activity of the Estrogen-Metabolizing Enzyme Cytochrome P450 1B1 Influences the Development of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension / Clinical Perspective. Circulation 2012 August 28;126(9):1087-98.

  • Dempsie Y, MacRitchie NA, White K et al. Dexfenfluramine and the oestrogen-metabolizing enzyme CYP1B1 in the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Cardiovasc Res 2013 July 1;99(1):24-34.

  • Mair KM, Wright AF, Duggan N et al. Sex-dependent influence of endogenous estrogen in pulmonary hypertension. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2014 August 15;190(4):456-67.

  • Mair KM, Yang XD, Long L et al. Sex Affects Bone Morphogenetic Protein Type II Receptor Signaling in Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015 March 15;191(6):693-703.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Appointed onto Royal Society of Edinburgh Council, 2015

  • Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2013

  • MRC Non-Clinical training panel, 2013 – 2016

  • BBSRC Chair of Fellowship review committee, 2014

  • BBSCR Industrial Case Award panel (Deputy Chair), 2013 – 2016

  • BBSRC Skills and Careers panel, 2013 – 2016

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