Svetlana Mastitskaya

Svetlana Mastitskaya

Research Associate

University College London


Svetlana is a Research Associate at the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London. Her research interests include neural mechnisms of cardioprotection, functional interactions between the brain, the heart and the gut, and how these interactions are coordinated by the vagus nerve.

  • Autonomic Neuroscience
  • Cardiovascular Regulation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • PhD in Cell Biology, 2009

    Belarusian Medical Academy for Post-Graduate Education

  • MSc in Immunology, 2003

    International Sakharov Environmental University

Other Publications

(2020). A circadian clock in the sinus node mediates day-night rhythms in Hcn4 and heart rate. Brain Stimulation 14(1).

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(2020). Selective optogenetic stimulation of efferent fibers in the vagus nerve of a large mammal. Brain Stimulation 14(1).

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(2020). MicroCT optimisation for imaging fascicular anatomy in peripheral nerves. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 338.



X nerve anatomy
Fine structure of the vagus nerve
Rescue the heart
Neural mechanisms of cardioprotection

Grants & Awards

Best Poster Presentation Award
European Society of Cardiology Congress 2016 (Rome, Italy)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
Understanding nervous mechanisms of cardioprotection to save the ischaemic and failing hearts, €195,000
CNS Section 2016 Research Recognition Award
For the work presented at the Experimental Biology 2016 Meeting (San Diego, US)
Special invitation and travel grant
Special invitation to attend the 60th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
British Council Research Fellowship
Neural mechanisms involved in remote ischaemic preconditioning, £5,000
Thesis-of-the-Year Prize
Best thesis in the field of Natural Sciences
Research grant
Stem cell-mediated correction of ischaemic injuries in hearts of rats with atherosclerosis (PI), £16,000
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship
Personal research grant for a project on cardiac differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells at the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF), Aachen University, Germany, €15,600
Research grant
Directed differentiation of human stem cells into cells of different tissue types in vitro (co-PI), £120,000