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Dr Gavin Jarvis


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Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology

I am a pharmacologist and a qualified veterinary surgeon (non-practising). I have over 30 years' experience teaching pharmacology to medical, veterinary, pharmacy and science students. I previously worked as a research pharmacologist at AstraZeneca on the project that discovered the anti-platelet drugs ticagrelor and cangrelor.

I have a long-standing interest in drug actions, particularly those affecting platelets. I also have a keen interest in the statistical analysis and modelling of laboratory data, as well as issues in medical and bio-ethics.



Teaching and supervision

I am a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology in the School of Medicine.

I am Lead for Year 2, Unit 12, which covers several important and diverse cardiovascular topics, including hypertension, arterial and venous thrombosis and cardiac failure.

I am the Academic Lead for the Year 3 'SPINE'. The SPINE is a continuation of the academic and scientific education of medical students as they progress further into clinical training.

I am also Lead for Timetabling for the School of Medicine.

Research interests for potential research students

I am interested in the topics that explore the action of drugs on platelets. Recent projects include investigations into the mechanism of action of citalopram and Bcl-2 inhibitors on platelets, and also the use of 'big data' algorithms to identify novel anti-platelet activity in commonly used drugs.

Research

  • Platelet Pharmacology
  • Data Analysis and Modelling
  • Early Embryological Development
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug use
Academic publishing:

I am an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports and statistical adviser to Platelets. I also served as Deputy Editor for Laboratory Animals.

I am a Governor of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. 

Last updated 18 March 2022