University of Manchester: Pharmacology

InstitutionUniversity of Manchester
Department Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone +44 (0)161 275 5608
Study type Research


Our PhD/MPhil Pharmacology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Pharmacology.

Our pharmacology research focuses on a range of topics. These include: - The pharmacology of drug efflux transporters, particularly ABCB1 P-glycoprotein, ABCG2 breast cancer resistance protein and ABCC multidrug resistance-associated transporters;

  • Developing complex, physiologically-relevant in vitro cell systems to investigate transport, metabolism and delivery of therapeutic drugs;

  • Understanding the pharmacological and molecular mechanisms that regulate expression and function of drug efflux transporters, particularly in the blood-brain barrier;

  • The role of blood-brain barrier drug efflux transporters in drug delivery to the central nervous system and the effects of inflammatory and degenerative conditions, e.g. Alzheimer's disease, on efflux transporter function;

  • The biological role of lipid networks in health and disease, particularly their roles in inflammation, cellular communications and tissue responses;

  • Employing mass spectrometry-based lipidomic technology, in conjunction with functional, metabolic and signalling approaches to characterise lipid profiles in physiological and pathophysiological conditions;

  • Investigating the role of lipids in skin homeostasis and in response to inflammation, injury and wound healing;

  • Studying role of local hormones in diseases and conditions associated with the female reproductive tract (e.g. dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis and the detection and prevention of preterm labour);

  • Molecularly identifying and pharmacologically characterising receptors expressed in the female reproductive system;

  • Understanding the physiological and pharmacological characteristics of the placenta. These studies include the development of placental homing peptide-microRNA inhibitor conjugates for targeted enhancement of placental growth signalling.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Master of Philosophy - MPhil

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