Read profiles from people at all levels working in Pharmacology - find out how their careers have developed, their achievements, and what it's like working in the Department
Professor Angela Russell, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
"I have always been strongly motivated to study at the interface of chemistry and biology. It seemed to me early on that there was so much to chemistry to discover underpinning cell function and physiology. Today I still believe this is true - we are only just beginning to unravel the complex interplay in biological systems between small and large molecules, metabolism and signalling and the important implications it will have on future therapies."
“We have only just begun to recognise implicit bia and its impact, to realise the important difference between equity and equality."
“I strongly believe that as scientists it is our duty and responsibility to strive to make a positive impact in the world.”
Associate Professor Rebecca Burton, Sir Henry Dale Fellow
"Research experiences and great mentors during my DPhil studies made me realise that I wanted to pursue a career as an academic. A serendipitous discovery relating to Hyrdroxychloqouine and its effects on the ‘funny’ current got me hooked on discovery research. I was fortunate to be working in a group and with mentors that encouraged me to follow my curiosity."
“I absolutely love the freedom to design and drive my own research and know that the work that we do has an important role in the future of science, knowledge and development”
“It is so good to work with students and scientists and great to know that I am able to play a role in their career development. I am honoured to work with my extremely talented team of young women and men, and I am always excited by their enthusiasm and passion for the science.”
Dr Lianne Davis, Senior Postdoctoral Research Assistant
"It is a joy to bring multiple skills (including microscopy and genetic engineering) to bear upon a question, and these have been honed and extended over many years."
"I love having the opportunity to learn something new every single day, combined with a free rein to take the projects in the most interesting directions at the cutting edge of the field. My work provides fantastic opportunities to question, be creative, be persistent and to enjoy constant intellectual excitement."
"I collaborate with and advise colleagues across the University and beyond. It can be highly rewarding to learn from these other, related fields, and often informs us more about our own work than we anticipated!"
Rizwana Rashid, Classroom and Research Technician
"My current role enables me to support practical set up and assist teaching for MSc and undergraduate practical in the Department of Pharmacology."
“I feel I am influencing the future by helping students gain transferable skills. It is about building confidence to help them with the drive to succeed.”
"I am extremely lucky to be able to work in a fun, creative setting while ground-breaking innovative research is happening all the times."
“Diversifying clinical data should be a top priority for health institutions and companies. Otherwise, healthcare will be very good for some people and really bad for others, simply because modern scientific advances have not been applied to all populations equally.”