Personal profile


My first degree was in Pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh, and I followed this with a PhD in the department of medicine at the University of Edinburgh campus at the Western General Hospital.  My post-doctoral studies included time at the Molecular Medicine Centre, Molecular Physiology Unit, and laterly the Centre for Cardiovascular Science, all within the University of Edinburgh, before taking up my current position as an academic track lecturer within the Centre for Integrative Physiology, Deanery of Biomedical Sciences.


BSc Hons Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, 1996

PhD Medical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2000


My research in a nutshell

Steroid hormones have potent effects on fuel metabolism, body fat distribution and behaviour.  My research focusses on the ways in which these actions are “fine-tuned” by pre-receptor metabolism within target tissues, and how this can alter susceptibility to the development of obesity and diabetes.  Through these studies we have also identified a steroid hormone metabolite that has potential for development as a selective glucocorticoid receptor modulator for use in the treatment of inflammation.

Research Interests

My research studies how steroid hormones influence a diverse range of processes in the body, from fuel metabolism to inflammation. 

Research Groups

Centre for Integrative Physiology

Centre for Cardiovascular Science

Research students

Emma DiRollo PhD 2009-2012

Tracy Mak PhD student 2012-date

Amber Abernethie PhD student 2014-date

Dr Nyo Nyo Tun MD student 2015-date


My main subject area for undergraduate teaching is Pharmacology, and I am involved in developing the Pharmacology junior and senior honours curriculum as deputy course organised for Pharmacology 3 and Applied Pharmacology 3 and course developer for Honours Pharmacology.  I also specialise in Endocrinology and co-organise the honours elective in Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology, as well as contributing to laboratory and class teaching on the third year Clinical Biochemistry and Endocrinology course.


Yesr 3: Applied Pharmacology 3, Clinical Biochemistry and Endocrinology 3, Pharmacology 3

Year 4: Honours Pharmacology, Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology

Administrative Roles

Honours Pharmacology exam board, Honours elective exam review board


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