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Dr Gavin Jarvis

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Associate Professor of Analytical 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 an Associate Professor of Analytical 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 also Timetabling Lead for the School of Medicine.

Research interests for potential research students

I am interested in 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.


  • 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 28 February 2024