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The Shiels Laboratory
Cells Drawing courtesy of Karlina Ozolina and Robert Nudds. A Brown Trout (Salmo Trutta) swimming in an environmentally controlled respirometry tunnel where metabolic rate and swimming kinematics are simultaneously recorded.

We investigate the fundamental workings of the mammalian heart as well as hearts from a range of other vertebrate species including tuna, trout, turtle, caiman, zebrafish, armored catfish, varanid lizard, rat and hamster. Survival of all these animals depends on maintenance and regulation of cardiac function over a range of environments. We try to understand this across levels of biological organisation.

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Collage of animal images