The Marcus Blackmore fellowship was established in 2012 thanks to the generous donations of our supporters.
It gives scientists from the UK and Europe an opportunity to work at The Heart Research Institute headquarters in Sydney, Australia and collaborate with our scientists to advance cardiovascular research. The Fellowship has been named in recognition of the generous contributions of Marcus Blackmore AM to the Heart Research Institute over the last 20 years.
We currently have two Fellows undertaking research at the Institute; Dr. Stacy Robertson from Scotland and Dr. Carmine Gentile from Italy.
Dr Carmine Gentile
Dr Carmine Gentile has been a recipient of the Marcus Blackmore Fellowship since 2013. He joined the HRI after receiving his PhD in Biomedical Sciences focusing on vascular development and regeneration under the supervision of Prof. Chris Drake at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA. His PhD studies in the US were funded by a prestigious American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. He has previously worked as a pharmacist in the Canary Islands (Spain) following the completion of his studies in Pharmacology and Biochemistry at the University of Pisa, Italy in 2004. His studies at the HRI focus on unveiling the complex crosstalk between blood vessels and the musculature in the human heart and to provide new insights into novel therapies that will help patients with cardiovascular disease. In this context, the Marcus Blackmore Fellowship represents a unique opportunity, allowing him to focus on his own research and providing him the perfect milieu for his personal career and to establish local and international collaborations. While at the HRI he has established collaborations with laboratories located in Sydney, the US, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland and Russia. He has the belief that, “even though Australia is so far away geographically from the rest of the world, I have never been closer to the global scientific community thanks to the opportunity provided by the HRI and the Marcus Blackmore Fellowship”.
Dr. Stacy Robertson
Dr Stacy Robertson joined The Heart Research Institute to investigate whether blood-pressure regulating hormones might also contribute to heart disease.
“Since I was awarded the Marcus Blackmore Fellowship I have been given the opportunity to explore areas of cardiovascular medicine that I find fascinating and believe that are important to how we detect and manage cardiovascular disease. The Heart Research Institute has fantastic facilities and equipment that allows me to carry out my research projects. For me the main strength of HRI is the scientific staff, I have been fortunate to work alongside some very talented scientists and students. This has allowed me to share ideas, learn new skills and has ultimately made my research projects more successful. I have no doubt the work I have started at the HRI, with the support of the Marcus Blackmore Fellowship, will form a solid base for the rest of my research career. I am therefore very grateful to the donors and the HRI board for making this opportunity available to me.”