Thomas Andrew Qvistgaard Jepps
Assistant professor, tenure track
Heart, Renal and Circulation
Blegdamsvej 3, 2200 København N, 12.5
Education and Professional Background
02/2017 – Present Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
02/2017 – Present Carlsberg Foundation Research Fellow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
10/2014 – 02/2017: Marie Curie Independent Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, supported by the European Commission under the William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI)-Academy fellowship programme and the Lundbeck Foundation.
10/2013 – 09/2014: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ion Channel Group, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
10/2009 – 09/2013: PhD Student funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council at St. George’s, University of London.
10/2008 – 05/2009: Research Technician at St. George’s University of London.
10/2005 – 07/2008: BSc. (Hons.) in Biomedical Sciences at St. George’s University of London.
Short-term international laboratory visits
01/2016: University of California, Irvine, U.S.A. - Characterised the vasculature of KCNE4 knockout mice in Prof. Geoffrey Abbott's laboratory (1 month).
09/2012: Smooth Muscle Research Group, Calgary, Canada - Worked with Prof. William Cole to learn proximity ligation assays in isolated smooth muscle cells (1 month).
02/2010: Neurosearch, Denmark - Worked with Dr. Rie Hansen to learn Langendorff isolated heart technique (3 months).
02/2017: Carlsberg Foundation, Research Fellowship. 1,178,053DKK
12/2015: Lundbeck Foundation, travel stipend for an international laboratory stay at the University of California, Irvine, U.S.A. in Prof. Geoffrey Abbott's laboratory. 20,000DKK
07/2015: Lundbeck Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship. 700,000DKK
10/2014: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, which is supported by the European Commission under the William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI)-Academy fellowship programme. €199,809
A total of 22 peer-reviewed papers, including 19 original research articles and 3 review articles. I am first or last author on 45% of my publications, and have 6 corresponding authorships. Impact factor max.: Circulation 19.3, Pharmacology & Therapeutics 11. Cited: 525 times, h-index: 13 (web of science).
Editorial and Reviewing Work
2018: Editor at Physiological Reports.
2017: Review grants for the Medical Research Council, U.K.
2014: Regular reviewer for multiple journals, including British Journal of Pharmacology, Physiological Reports, Frontiers in Physiology, Acta Physiologica, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, and Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology.
2019: Organising Committee for the First International Kv7 Channels Symposium 2019, Naples, Italy.
2018: Career Workshop organizer for the British Pharmacological Society Main Meeting, U.K.
2018: Lead organizer of the Cardiovascular Seminar Series and PhD course, University of Copenhagen.
2018: Organising committee for the Vascular satellite meeting at Europhysiology, London, U.K.
2018: Symposium organizer at Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy Summer Meeting.
2017: Organising Committee for International Symposium on Resistance Arteries, Manchester, U.K.
2016: Organiser of the Scandinavian Society Special Interest Group in Vascular Research Annual Meeting, Copenhagen.
Teaching, Supervision and Course Organisation
2018: Organised a PhD course to run alongside the Cardiovascular Seminar Series.
2016: Initiated and organised a PhD Course at the University of Copenhagen, titled ‘What you need to know about life in the vascular wall’.
2012-Present: A teaching portfolio that includes classroom and laboratory teaching on a Biomedical Sciences and Masters in Pharmacy Degrees (St. George’s, University of London), as well as teaching a range of courses on the medicine degree (University of Copenhagen).
2012-Present: Supervision of 2 ERASMUS student, 9 bachelor’s project students and 3 Master’s student.
- Prof. Michael Davies (University of Copenhagen) – microtubule regulation of vascular tone and selenium compounds in arteries.
- Dr. Pia Lundegaard (University of Copenhagen) – Vascular development in Zebrafish
- Prof. Ylva Hellsten (University of Copenhagen) – Functional sympatholysis, grant submitted for a PhD student to Lundbeck based on preliminary data we generated.
- Prof. Christian Aalkjær (Aarhus University) – the role of microtubules in arteries
- Prof. Anthony Heagerty (University of Manchester) – New collaboration to prescribe colchicine to hypertensive patients in his clinic and analyse arterial changes.
- Prof. Sanjay Patel (University of Sydney) – New collaboration to prescribe colchicine to hypertensive patients and measure changes in their blood pressure, pulse wave velocity.
- Prof. Geoffrey Abbott (University of California, Irvine) – KCNE subunits in the vasculature.
- Associate Prof. Bo Bentzen (University of Copenhagen) – Microtubules in atrial fibrillation.
Invited Conference Presentations
2018 Department Seminar, Cardiovascular Seminar Series, University of Manchester, U.K.
2018 Cell Biology Section Symposium, Lund University, Sweden.
2018 Symposium chair and speaker at the Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy Summer Meeting, Sandbjerg, Denmark.
2018 Department Seminar, Unit of Cardiovascular and Renal Research, University of Southern Denmark.
2017 Invited speaker and session chair at the International Symposium of Resistance Arteries, Manchester, U.K.
2016 FASEB Smooth Muscle Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
2016 Department Seminar, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology and Biophysics University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.
2016 Department Seminar, Center for Cardiovascular Research, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, U.S.A.
2015 Microcirculation Congress, Kyoto, Japan.
2015 Department Seminar, Department of Pharmacology, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Kyoto, Japan.
2012 Department Seminar, Smooth Muscle Research Group, University of Calgary, Canada.
2012 Ion Channels Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2018 Selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
2017 Scientific organizing committee for the International Symposium of Resistance Arteries, Manchester, U.K.
2016 Board member of the Young Pharmacologists Committee at the British Pharmacological Society.
2014 Best presentation at the International Symposium of Resistance Arteries.
2011 Best presentation at the Vascular & Smooth Muscle Physiology Society Meeting.
2011 Best presentation at the International Symposium of Resistance Arteries.
2009 Widdicombe Prize in Physiology from St. George’s University of London.