Dr Alwena Morgan received her secondary education at Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn at Llandovery before going to Cardiff University to study for a Biochemistry degree.
As part of her degree, she completed a year of professional training in the Pathology department at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen. After gaining her degree in Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry she went on to complete her doctorate under the supervision of Professor Valerie O'Donnell, at the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff. For her research she examined how the esterified products of the lipoxygenase (LOX) enzyme is synthesized in human monocytes and murine peritoneal macrophages.
After completing her doctorate she was appointed as a Trainee Clinical Scientist in the "histocompatibility" and "immunogenetic" fields at the Welsh Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory (WTAIL) in Talbot Green, Llantrisant.
Although this was interesting and important work, Alwena remains most interested in research. She returned to a research post at Swansea University in 2011. Since then, she has been undertaking research with Professor William Griffiths and Dr Yuqin Wang, on oxisterols (derivatives of cholesterol), produced by human immune cells, such as CD4-T and monocytes.
Subject / Speciality
- Scientific techniques, such as mass spectrometry, types of HPLC, SDS-PAGE, Western blots, cell culture techniques and preparation of protein, lipids, DNA or RNA for further analysis.
- Alwena is also interested in cells and processes of immunity as well as in lipid structures and their links to immunology function.