Professor Whitley is a member of the British Society for Endocrinology, the Biochemical Society, International Federation of Placental Associations, Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professor Whitley has held a number of teaching roles including personal tutor to both Biomedical Science and the Medical students. He is module co-ordinator for the first year course Molecular and Cellular Basis of Health and Disease on which he gives a series of lectures concerning basic metabolism. He is also the current responsible examiner for the second semester MBBS examination. He also teaches more specialised topics to the third year students on the Science of Reproduction course. His research methods include cell culture and proteomics.
Professor Whitley graduated from Queen Elizabeth College University of London in 1980 with a Joint Honours degree in Biochemistry and Physiology. He was awarded a PhD in Physiology from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School University of London in 1984 under the supervision of Professor James F Tait FRS and Mrs Silvia Tait FRS.
He moved to St George's in 1985 as a postdoctoral research fellow and became Lecturer in Biochemistry in 1988, Senior Lecturer in 1990 and Reader in Biochemistry in 1993. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Cell Biology.
James JL, Whitley GS, Cartwright JE. Shear stress and spiral artery remodelling: the effects of low shear stress on trophoblast-induced endothelial cell apoptosis. Cardiovasc Res. In Press
Kostourou V, Cartwright JE, Johnstone AP, Boult JK, Cullis ER, Whitley G, Robinson SP. The role of tumour-derived iNOS in tumour progression and angiogenesis. Br J Cancer; 2011;104:83-90.
Harris LK, Smith SD, Keogh RJ, Jones RL, Baker PN, Knofler M, Cartwright JE, Whitley GS, Aplin JD. Trophoblast- and vascular smooth muscle cell-derived MMP-12 mediates elastolysis during uterine spiral artery remodeling. Am J Pathol. 2010;177:2103-15.
James JL, Whitley GS, Cartwright JE. Pre-eclampsia: fitting together the placental, immune and cardiovascular pieces. J Pathol;221:363-78.
Whitley GS, Cartwright JE. Cellular and molecular regulation of spiral artery remodelling: lessons from the cardiovascular field. Placenta 2010;31:465-74.
Keogh RJ, Harris LK, Freeman A, Baker PN, Aplin JD, Whitley GS, Cartwright JE. Fetal-derived trophoblast use the apoptotic cytokine tumor necrosis factor-alpha-related apoptosis-inducing ligand to induce smooth muscle cell death. Circ Res. 2007;100:834-41.
Whitley GS, Dash PR, Ayling LJ, Prefumo F, Thilaganathan B, Cartwright JE. Increased apoptosis in first trimester extravillous trophoblasts from pregnancies at higher risk of developing preeclampsia. Am J Pathol. 2007;170:1903-9.
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