• United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Investigating the roles of mitochondrial G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in cardiovascular inflammation (Self-funded opportunity).
2. The Impact of extracellular vesicles in cell-to-cell communication in vascular inflammation (Self-funded opportunity).
3. The regulation of gap junctions during chemotherapeutic-induced cardiotoxicity (Self-funded opportunity).
4. Interplay between GPCRs and damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) in inflammation (Self-funded opportunity).

Personal profile

Personal Statement

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Biomolecular Sciences (BMS) Programme Director

I am an elected Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) and currently serve as Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology Matters magazine (2017-2022) and Reviewing Editor for Pharmacology Research & Perspectives (PR&P) journal.  I am also a member of the BPS Engagement and Awards committees (since 2020). 

I am an elected member and current co-Chair of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS, 2018 cohort) and have previously held the role as Theme Lead for Health (2019-2021).  I am also Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow (since 2017).    

I serve as the coordinator of Outreach (Biomolecular Sciences) with Dr Zahra Rattray (Pharmacy) and I lead on the Career Progression working group on the SIPBS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team SIPBS WIDE (2015-present). I was part of the SAT team leading to the Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2017 and the successful Silver award in 2021.            

Research Interests

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 P2Y receptor families.  My research involves investigating the molecular mechanisms of GPCR, gap junction and damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) in the processes that underpin platelet function, cardiovascular inflammation and anti-cancer therapy-induced cardiotoxicity. 

 I currently co-lead the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases research group with Dr Susan Currie.  


Teaching Interests

I am the Biomolecular Sciences (BMS) Programme Director (2023-2027) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice.

I am a member of the International Union of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Core Concepts in Pharmacology Research Team.  I serve as the external examiner for the Applied Medical Sciences (AMS) degree programme at Swansea University. 

I am class coordinator for BM434 and BM941 Clinical Pharmacology and lead on the BM327 Pharmacology laboratories, in addition to delivering across many of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses we offer.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education (SFHEA), Advance HE

Award Date: 31 Jul 2022

Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice, University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 1 Sept 2017

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

Award Date: 1 Sept 2016

Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular Pharmacology of Proteinase-activated receptors (PARs), University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Biochemistry (First class award), University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

External positions

Facilitating Group Co-Chair, Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland


Applied Medical Sciences (AMS) programme External Examiner , Swansea University Medical School


Theme Lead - Health, Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland



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


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