Mr Harley Stevenson-Cocks

Profile

I studied BSc Human Physiology here at the University of Leeds (graduating in 2015), before pursuing a PhD (submitted in September 2019) in the School of Biomedical Sciences under the supervision or Dr Al Benson, Professor Ed White and Dr Michael Colman.

My PhD was funded through a University of Leeds Demonstrating Studentship, which allowed me to partake in over 500 hours of teaching duties within the Faculty of Biological Sciences, and I was fortunate enough to be awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in my final year in recognition of my dedication to teaching in higher education. I remain passionate about teaching and educational development, and am interested in pedagogical alongside cardiovascular research.

Research interests

Our main focus is to use experimental data to inform the development of new computational models to investigate the effects of exercise on structural and electrical remodelling in the rat heart, and whether these exercise-induced changes are beneficial for reducing arrhythmias, particularly in heart failure. During my PhD, I developed a novel computational model of rat-specific electrophysiology, including stochastic spatio-temporal calcium cycling descriptions, which can be used to study the influence of electrophysiological remodelling (in diseases such as heart failure) on pro-arrhythmic behaviour.

See http://physicsoftheheart.com/ for updates from the Leeds Computational Physiology group.

Qualifications

  • BSc Human Physiology

Research groups and institutes

  • Cardiovascular