• IV2 3JH

    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
1990 …2024

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Personal profile

Research Expertise

As the Head of Health Research & Innovation at the University of the Highlands & Islands, I oversee the activities of the various research teams, with a particular remit to direct the activities of the members of the Division of Biomedical Sciences. As well as supervising my research team, I am responsible for the departmental budget and for management of those research grants for which I am designated principal investigator. I am also ultimately responsible for the health and safety of my team members. My role includes a remit to design and deliver the strategy for curriculum development and research for the School of Health at the university. I am also a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University.

The focus of my research is the role of nitric oxide in vascular disease and the potential benefits of nitric oxide donor drugs as vasodilators, anti-platelet agents and anti-inflammatory agents. My interests include the interaction of nitric oxide with oxidant species and establishment of the importance of this interaction in the atherosclerotic process that underlies heart disease. Through collaboration with Prof Adriano Rossi (Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh), I have expanded my research profile to encompass the role of NO in inflammatory cell apoptosis and, via several other collaborations, the therapeutic potential of NO in diseases as diverse as fungal toenail infection and trypanosomiasis. Furthermore, I have been involved in projects relating to acute renal failure (principle investigator), organ transplant (principal investigator), pre-eclampsia, and the potential benefits of novel coatings to prevent thrombosis in medical devices. The focus of our current research is shifting towards preventative medicine: I have ongoing projects associated with the health benefits of polyphenols and exercise. Current research includes looking at why COVID-19 seems more severe in patients with diabetes and tracking of long-COVID symptoms to begin to identify the underlying mechanisms and inflammatory system responses.

My research output is reflected in consistent publication of original papers and reviews in internationally recognised journals; my current h-factor is 50 (Scopus), 56 (Google Scholar).

In recognition of my contribution to these areas of cardiovascular science and to education as a whole, I have been awarded Fellowships with the Pharmacological Society, the Royal Biological Society and the Higher Education Academy.

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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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Bachelor of Science, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990

External positions

Member, Chief Scientist Office

Jun 2019 → …

Member, UK Ressearch and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship Peer Review College

20 Aug 2018 → …

Associate Editor, Antioxidants

2018 → …

Fellow, British Pharmacological Society

2017 → …

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine

2014 → …

Visiting Professor, Robert Gordon University

2013 → …

Fellow, Royal Society of Biology

2012 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2007 → …

Editorial Board, British Journal of Pharmacology


Honorary Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh



  • QP Physiology
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular
  • REF 03


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