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Personal Statement

Chancellor’s Research Fellow and Lecturer in Pharmacology, Haematology and Drug Discovery

  • RSE Young Academy of Scotland elected member, 2018
  • Ingenious & Enterprising Women Scotland member, 2018
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, 2018
  • Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology Matters magazine, 2017-present
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice, University of Strathclyde, 2017
  • Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Awardee, 2016-present
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2016
  • British Heart Foundation PDRA in the Bristol Platelet Group, University of Bristol, 2010-2014
  • AJ Clark PhD Studentship in Pharmacology, University of Strathclyde, 2006-2010
  • First Class BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Pharmacology, University of Strathclyde, 2004-2006
  • Laboratory Technician in Cardiovascular Research, University of Glasgow, 1999-2004


My field of expertise is G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) regulation and function in health and disease.  My research area broadly spans understanding the molecular mechanisms of GPCR involvement in the processes that underpin platelet function, anti-cancer cardiotoxicity, inflammation and pain.  I am a member of the SIPBS Cellular Basis of Disease  (CBD) Research Group and I co-lead the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases sub-group with Dr Susan Currie.


I am the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology Matters  magazine and sit on the editorial board for Pharmacology Research & Perspectives journal.


Improving attainment, participation and engagement in science is very important to me therefore I mentor students as part of the Social Mobility Foundation and the Strathclyde Cares Widening Access at University of Strathclyde. I am a keen advocate of enhancing STEM education in primary and secondary schools and sit on the University of Strathclyde and SIPBS Outreach committees.  I am a member of the SIPBS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team where I lead on the Career Progression working group for training and form part of the Organisation, Culture and Communication working group.          



Research Interests

My research is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary with ongoing projects in my laboratory including:


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. 


I welcome all informal enquiries to discuss potential opportunities to join my research team!


*Lab group website in development


Teaching Interests

I am a lecturer for Undergraduate Year 3 BM322 Biomedical Pharmacology, BM324 and BM327 Fundamentals of Pharmacology classes and support the delivery of lectures for BM933 Advanced studies in Haematology and BM937 Advanced topics in Biomedical research.  I also provide laboratory based research projects as part of BM432 and BM906.

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

My laboratory welcomes placements as part of the Erasmus programme so please contact me for further information and details of project opportunities available. 

I actively engage with primary and secondary schools to help devise and deliver their STEM-related activities and participate in their career carousel events. I offer work experience to secondary school students to give them a taste of laboratory life.    

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Projects 2015 2019

Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship

Cunningham, M. R.


Project: Research Fellowship

AWERB 3Rs grant 2016

Cunningham, M. R. & Currie, S.

1/08/16 → …

Project: Research - no external fundingResearch (Internally Funded)

Research Output 2008 2018

Open Access
Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Type 2
Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
Oxidative Stress
Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
NF-kappa B
Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Type 2
Surface Plasmon Resonance


Sorting Nexins
Blood Platelets

BPS A J Clark Studentship

Margaret Rose Cunningham (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2005 2018

Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland (External organisation)

Margaret Rose Cunningham (Member)
1 Aug 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of council

Biochemical Society Early Career Network (External organisation)

Margaret Rose Cunningham (Member)
Jul 2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network