Caroline Pond

Senior Research Associate


Research Interests

Caroline Pond read Zoology at Oxford then, supported by a Christopher Welch Scholarship, did a DPhil on the mechanics and neurobiology of insect flight (supervised by Prof J.W.S. Pringle, FRS). She was also demonstrator in comparative physiology 1971-5 and tutor in Zoology & Human Sciences at St Hilda’s College. After periods in USA, including teaching gross anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, she returned to Britain in 1979 to work for The Open University in Milton Keynes. She wrote science courses on a variety of topics in general, comparative and evolutionary biology and investigated the functional and phylogenetic basis of the organisation and anatomical relations of white adipose tissue in terrestrial vertebrates, becoming Professor of Comparative Anatomy in 2002. Comparative studies included naturally obesity in polar bears, arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer and other high latitude mammals. Since the mid-1990s, experimental work has concentrated on the mechanisms and functions of the paracrine interactions between perinodal adipocytes and interchelated and lymph node lymphoid cells in mammals and their pathological defects, notably Crohn's disease. She retired in 2010 and now lives in Oxford where she continues to write and do odd jobs on a voluntary basis.




Selected Publications

  • Iacobellis G, Pond CM & Sharma AM (2006) Different "Weight" of cardiac and general adiposity in predicting left ventricle morphology. Obesity 14, 1679-1684.
  • Klein J, Permana PA, Owecki M, Chaldakov GN, Böhm M, Hausman G, Lapière CM, Anatassova P, Sowinski J, Fasshauer M, Hausman DB, Maquoi E, Tonchev AB, Peneva VN, Vlachanov KP, Fiore M, Aloe L, Slominski A, Reardon CL, Ryan TJ & Pond CM (2007) What are subcutaneous adipocytes really good for…? Experimental Dermatology 16, 43-70.
  • Pond CM (1998) The Fats of Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (also available in Chinese).
  • Pond CM (2003) Paracrine interactions of mammalian adipose tissue. Journal of Experimental Zoology 295A, 99-110.
  • Pond CM (2005) Adipose tissue and the immune system. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 73, 17-30.
  • Pond CM (2009) Paracrine provision of lipids in the immune system. Current Immunology Reviews 5, 150-160.
  • Pond CM (2010) Bloodless revolution. Physiology News 78, 21-23.
  • Pond CM & Mattacks CA (2003) The source of fatty acids incorporated into proliferating lymphoid cells in immune-stimulated lymph nodes. British Journal of Nutrition 89, 375-382.
  • Sadler D, Mattacks CA & Pond CM (2005) Changes in adipocytes and dendritic cells in lymph node-containing adipose depots during and after many weeks of mild inflammation. Journal of Anatomy, London 207, 761-789.
  • Westcott EDA, Mattacks CA, Windsor ACJ, Knight SC & Pond CM (2006) Perinodal adipose tissue and fatty acid composition of lymphoid tissues in patients with and without Crohn´s Disease and their implications for the aetiology and treatment of CD. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1072, 395-400.
  • Westcott EDA, Windsor ACJ, Mattacks CA, Pond CM & Knight SC (2005) Fatty acid compositions of lipids in mesenteric adipose tissue and lymphoid cells in patients with and without Crohn's disease and their therapeutic implications. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 11, 820-827.