Senior Lecturer of Pharmacology, University of Sheffield

I am a Pharmacologist and Senior Lecturer in pharmacology at the department of Oncology and metabolism, University of Sheffield (England, UK). My interest in musculoskeletal pharmacology began in 2000 when I joined Professor Stuart H. Ralston's group at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), where I obtained a PhD in Medicine and underwent my early postdoctoral training. One of my particular areas of interests during this period was the effect of cannabis-like substances on bone biology and pharmacology. In this area, I carried out significant research on the skeletal effects of endocannabinoids and their receptors on bone biology with publications in Nature Medicine, Endocrinology and Cell Metabolism. I also conducted research into the role of the NFkB signalling pathway in bone disease resulting in a number of publications in Endocrinology, FASEB J and JBMR, and a series of patents of a novel family of NFkB inhibitors, which exhibit anti-resorptive, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour properties. Between 2010 and 2013, I held a position of non-clinical lecturer in cancer associated bone disease at Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). During this period, my group developed a number of model systems to study tumour – immune - bone cell interactions in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo, a system we have successfully utilized in our research and publications in JBMR, BJP and JBC. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree from University of Sunderland, UK, in 1998 and I obtained an MSc in Pharmacology working in Professor G. H. Hawksworth’s laboratory at the university of Aberdeen in 2000.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer of Pharmacology, University of Sheffield


  • 2005 
    University of Aberdeen, PhD