Dr Nicola Mutch received a BSc Hons in Molecular Biology from the University of Aberdeen, UK. Her PhD was carried out within the laboratory of Prof Nuala Booth at the University of Aberdeen studying cross-talk between the fibrinolytic and coagulation systems. After obtaining her PhD she took up a post-doctoral position with Prof Jim Morrissey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. During this time the laboratory uncovered the role of platelet polyphosphate in regulation of coagulation and fibrinolysis. Nicola returned to the UK to take up a tenure track position as an Independent Fellowship in Cardiovascular Biology at the University of Leeds. Following this appointment she was awarded personal Intermediate Fellowship from the British Heart Foundation and moved back to Aberdeen to pursue her research. Her research takes a global approach to study the cross-talk between haemostatic systems, with the goal of understanding the normal biological processes that regulate these complexes pathways and perturbations during disease. Her recent interests include exploring the novel role of platelets and other cells in regulation of fibrinolysis and studying the dynamic process of thrombus formation and dissolution under flow with a view to uncovering new targets to tackle bleeding and thrombotic complications.
She is currently a Reader at the University of Aberdeen, Secretary of the British Society of Haemostasis & Thrombosis (BSHT), President of the International Society of Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis (ISFP) and Executive Chair of the Scientific and Standardisation Subcommittees of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).