Faculty of Biological Sciences

Ranked 1st in the UK for "World Leading" 4* research : 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

We investigate the mechanisms associated with dysfunctional conditions, such as heart failure and motor control disorders, and the physical and mental effects of physical activity. We research patient groups to individual genes and proteins to improve human health and well-being.

Researchers in FBS addressing these issues come from our groups in Cardiovascular and Sport and Exercise Sciences, Integrative Membrane Biology and the cross-institutional Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre.

Key researchers in this area

  • Motor Control and Exercise Psychology
  • Dr Sarah Astill, Lecturer
    Control and Coordination of Upper Limb Movements
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  • Dr Shaunna Burke, Lecturer in Exercise and Health Psychology
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  • Dr Samit Chakrabarty, Lecturer in Neuroscience
    Spinal motor neurophysiology
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  • Dr Susan Deuchars, Reader in Neuroscience
    Spinal cord circuitry controlling autonomic nervous output, spinal neurogenesis
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  • Prof James Deuchars, Professor of Systems Neuroscience
    How expression of ion channels, neurotransmitter receptors, transporters and gap junctions influence neuronal and circuit function in the brainstem and spinal cord
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  • Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama, Associate Professor in Motor Control
    Activity dependant plasticity in the spinal cord; spinal cord injury - neural regeneration and functional recovery
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  • Dr Andrea Utley, Reader in Motor Control and Development
    Motor and Behavioural Science
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  • Cardiovascular and Exercise Physiology
  • Dr Graham Askew, Associate Professsor in Muscle Function & Movement
    Mechanics and Energetics of Locomotion
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  • Dr Al Benson, Lecturer in Cardiovascular Science
    Computational modelling of cardiovascular physiology
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  • Dr Karen Birch, Reader in Exercise Science
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  • Dr Sarah Calaghan, Associate Professor in Cardiac Physiology
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  • Prof John Colyer, Professor of Biotechnology
    Natural & Therapeutic Control of Cardiac Function
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  • Prof Stuart Egginton, Leadership Chair in Exercise Science
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  • Dr Carrie Ferguson, Lecturer in Physiology
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  • Prof Arun Holden, Professor of Computational Biology
    Computational Biology
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  • Dr Isuru Jayasinghe, Lecturer in Cardiovascular Science
    Development of super resolution microscopy methods to observe protein and membrane organisation in muscle tissue in health and pathology
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  • Dr Matthew Lancaster, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
    Cardiac adaptation, rhythms and arrhythmias
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  • Dr Neil Messenger, Lecturer in Biomechanics
    Biomechanics of locomotion in health and disease.
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  • Dr Sreenivasan Ponnambalam, Reader in Human Disease Biology
    Growth factors, Lipid Particles, Signal Transduction, Membrane Trafficking, Vascular Physiology. Control of Blood Vessel Function in Health and Disease.
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  • Dr Harry Rossiter, Lecturer
    Exercise bioenergetics in health and disease
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  • Dr Andrew Smith, Lecturer in Cardiovascular Science
    Cardiac stem cells and myocardial tissue homeostasis
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  • Prof Derek Steele, Professor of Cellular Physiology
    Ryanodine receptor function in skeletal and cardiac muscle disease
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  • Dr Bryan Taylor, University Academic Fellow in Cardiovascular Exercise Medicine
    Cardiorespiratory limitations to exercise in health and disease
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  • Prof Ed White, Professor in Cardiac Physiology
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  • Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering and Joint Replacement
  • Dr Helen Berry, UAF in Cardiovascular Regenerative Therapies & Devices
    Biological Scaffolds for Tissue Replacement and Regeneration, Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
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  • Prof Eileen Ingham, Professor of Medical Immunology
    Tissue Replacement and Regeneration, Joint prostheses, Tissue engineering
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  • Prof Joanne Tipper, Professor of Medical and Biological Engineering
    Patient specific biological responses to total joint arthroplasties: New engineering solutions
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  • Dr Stacy-Paul Wilshaw, Senior Translational Research Fellow in Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
    Tissue Replacement and Regeneration, Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
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  • Membrane Proteins and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dr Sarah Calaghan, Associate Professor in Cardiac Physiology
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  • Prof Derek Steele, Professor of Cellular Physiology
    Ryanodine receptor function in skeletal and cardiac muscle disease
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  • Prof Anthony Turner, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
    Membrane metalloproteases in health and disease
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