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Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer in Cardiovascular Pharmacology

My field of expertise is G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-dependent regulation of cardiovascular function with particular interest in proteinase-activated receptors (PARs) and purinergic receptor families.  My research involves investigating the molecular mechanisms of GPCR involvement in the processes that underpin platelet and vascular cell function and anti-cancer therapy-induced cardiotoxicity. In SIPBS, I co-lead the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases research group with Dr Susan Currie.    

I am the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology Matters magazine and serve as a Reviewing Editor for Pharmacology Research & Perspectives (PR&P) journal.  I am an elected member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), a member of the Ingenious & Enterprising Women Network and a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.  I am an Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) springboard awardee and recently featured in their #MedSciLife Campaign. 

Improving attainment, participation and engagement in science is very important to me therefore I mentor postdoctoral researchers across the University, undergraduate students through the Strathclyde Cares Widening Access scheme and Secondary School students through the MCR pathways in West Dunbartonshire.  

I serve as Director of Outreach (in Biomolecular Sciences) with Dr Zahra Rattray (in Pharmacy) and I lead on the Career Progression working group on the SIPBS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team and additionally support the Organisation, Culture and Communication working group.          

Research Interests

My research is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary with ongoing projects invested in understanding protein interacting pathways that regulate GPCR activity in cardiovascular system with the aim of identifying novel ways to target receptors for development of new therapies.  Investigations include the use of artificial intelligence in the design of small molecules that target GPCRs and the development of novel PAR modulators. Approaches used in our research include SILAC quantitative proteomics, cellular imaging of therapeutic agents using Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) techniques, FRET, FRET-FLIM and meso-imaging.    

Current University of Strathclyde collaborators include:

  • Dr Susan Currie, SIPBS
  • Dr Blair Johnston, CMAC
  • Professor Gail McConnell, Physics
  • Professor Robin Plevin, SIPBS
  • Dr David Li, SIPBS
  • Dr Charles Kennedy, SIPBS


External collaborations include:

  • Professor Robert Liskamp, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Dr Matthew Harper, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Stuart Mundell, University of Bristol, UK
  • Dr Patricia Martin, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
  • Dr Christopher Nile, Glasgow Dental School, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Professor Atsufumi Kawabata, Kindai University, Japan
  • Atomwise Ltd, US


I have an open-door policy and offer a supportive environment for highly motivated students to progress in their studies and develop their research skills. 



Teaching Interests

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice.

I am class coordinator for BM434 Clinical Pharmacology and I lecture on the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

  • BM324 Fundamental Pharmacology
  • BM327 BABS 3 Pharmacology Labs
  • BM432 Research in Biomedical Sciences
  • BM933 Advanced studies in Haematology
  • BM906 Biomedical Sciences Project


I coordinate and deliver the Organisational and Staff Development Unit (OSDU) Research Bidding and Design - Getting Started course with Dr Katherine Duncan to help support early career researchers with grantmanship.   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • GPCRs
  • Proteinase-activated receptors (PARs)
  • Thrombin
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pharmacology
  • Cardiotoxicity


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