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Staff & Students

The Department brings together a number of internationally recognised researchers and offers excellent facilities for research, particularly in the areas of receptor and ion channel gene cloning, signal transduction, cellular and molecular approaches to quantitation of ion homeostasis and electrophysiological methods particularly using patch-clamp. The research emphasis of the Department is reflected in the fact that in addition to the 14 full-time members of academic staff there are 21 post-doctoral research fellows/associates working in the Department, including five who hold independent fellowships. The Department has excellent technical and clerical support staff, and there are almost always several visiting scientists from overseas working within the Department. The Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology's international standing has been reflected in the award of a 5A scoring in the 2001 RAE.

Currently, 26 postgraduate students are working towards a degree of PhD within the Department, which has been successful in attracting regular funding from the Research Councils (MRC 'A' rated), The Wellcome Trust and the Pharmaceutical Industry. Research programmes in the department also include MRes students, final year undergraduate project students and intercalated BSc students.


The Department possesses spacious, modern laboratories. In addition to bench space within the supervisors laboratory, research fellows and students are allocated space in shared offices, and have unrestricted access to the comprehensive computer facilities. The Department possesses many excellent communal facilities including a radio-isotope suite, 3 purpose built cell-culture suites, fully equipped dark rooms, well-sourced beta / gamma counting facilities and centrifugation rooms. All research laboratories and communal facilities have experienced technical support associated with them.

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