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Personal Statement

I have been part of the team in the Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) since its inception in 2006 and prior to that I was part of the Physiology and Pharmacology department at Strathclyde. I have held a wide variety of positions within the Institute and I am currently the Director of Teaching of the Biomedical Science degree that we deliver in China, Nanjing  with our academic partners in China Pharmaceutical University (CPU)  where my role is to manage the degree and support colleagues in the delivery of their teaching in order to enhance our students’ experience within CPU and SIPBS. 

My own research involves the use to animal and plant toxins to explore that physiology of nerves and muscle.  I use a wide variety of techniques ranging from molecular biology to standard organ bath techniques in order to gain both an insight into the mechanism of action of the toxin and the physiology of the tissue being studied.  I have a wide variety of collaborators, both nationally and internationally and I have taught physiology and pharmacology as far field as China and Brazil.

I have a keen interest in how teaching is delivered and I strive to use all the available resources to fully engage students with their learning and I have been encouraging staff to use technology to enhance engagement and learning. 

Research Interests

The laboratory is working principally in the areas of drug discovery, neuroscience, neuropharmacology, toxinology and cardiovascular physiology. The laboratory is well equipped with up-to-date instrumentation and utilising modern  techniques. We attract ambitious neuroscientists, physiologists and toxinologists from many countries wanting to train for their PhD, many of whom have specific projects aimed at exploring a local scientific question. I encourage students to be independent and enthusiastic. Over the past few years I have trained scientists from: Libyan, India; Pakistan; Iran; Slovenia; Brazil; Egypt; Nigeria; Nepal; Saudi Arabia; Europe and the UK, all of who have successfully achieved their goal. I also have visitors from many countries and from laboratories in the United Kingdom and collaborate with laboratories world wide e.g. Japan, Australia and Slovenia.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Expert in a wide variety of physiological and pharmacological techniques
  • Expert with organ bath techniques (smooth muscle, cardiac muscle and skeletal muscle)
  • Expert in electrophysiological recordings using; extracellular techniques, microelectrode techniques and patch clamp techniques.
  • Electrophysiological approaches on both whole tissues and single cells, both cultured cell lines and dissociated cells from tissues (cardiac cells).

Industrial Relevance

My research using cardiac cells is of particular interest to industrial partners as recordings, both twitch tension and electrophysiology can be used to confirm the pharmacological profile of a drug and determine the nature of any cardiac toxicities.  

Teaching Interests

My main teaching interests are twofold.

Determining ways   in which to improve the quality of academic feedback and how that feedback is used by students to improve their learning and understanding. 

Using technologies to enhance learning, engagement and feedback. I have been a principle driver in the use of personal response systems (PRS) with in the institute but not to simply inform students of their progress but to use the data so that students and staff can critique the whole learning journey.


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  • Toxicon (Journal)

    Edward Rowan (Editor)

    Jan 2008Dec 2013

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship