Cell Physiology and Pharmacology


On the 1st August 2015 all staff within the Department of Cell Physiology & Pharmacology (CPP) will join colleagues in two new departments:
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology 
Department of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour.

These realignments are being undertaken to advance our research objectives within the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology. 

The teaching of the degrees associated with CPP (Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology), Biological Sciences (Neuroscience), and Medical Physiology) will be completely unaffected by these changes and the academic team delivering Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience undergraduate teaching will be unchanged.

The CPP web-pages will be progressively updated throughout July 2015.

The Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology brings together research strengths in cellular and molecular aspects of physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience within the University.  We are one of eleven departments comprising the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and are situated in the Maurice Shock Building, Hodgkin Building and the Henry Wellcome Building on the main University campus.

The main research focus of the Department is in cell surface receptors, ion channels and intracellular signalling pathways, particularly their role in diseases of the cardiovascular system, respiratory and nervous systems.  Academic staff are also members of research themes within the College which facilitate interdisciplinary translational research.

Our world class research activities inform our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes providing a stimulating and cutting edge environment for learning.


The complete list of University Offices and Services

Athena Swan - The Athena Swan Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in higher education.

The Department has access to the facilities in the Centre for Core Biotechnology Services (CBS)

What our students say...

Karina Bunting: BSc Medical Physiology - Graduated in 2013, Now training as a Cardiac Physiologist as part of the NHS Scientist Training Programme

"The three years I spent studying Medical Physiology at the University of Leicester were the most fascinating, academically challenging and also the most enjoyable years of my life. The degree covered a wide range of human physiology in the context of current research. In addition to a strong knowledge of physiology, the assessments throughout the degree enhanced my communication and presentation skills, enabling me to effectively communicate complex scientific terms. The lecturers’ enthusiasm for their chosen fields was infectious and the opportunities to learn more and develop skills were always available. Hence in the summer of 2012 I undertook a summer studentship with Dr Noel Davies, researching the effects of heme on arterial smooth muscle cells. This enhanced my already strong interest in the field of cardiovascular physiology. The laboratory work also gave me a better understanding of current research techniques into human physiology and disease. I applied for the NHS Scientist Training Programme because I aspire to have a career which allows me to apply science in order to help relieve the suffering of others. As a cardiac physiologist there is also the opportunity for research, teaching and management responsibilities."

Contact Details

Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology,
College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
University of Leicester,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building,
University Road,
P.O. Box 138,
Leicester LE1 9HN

General Email: cpp@le.ac.uk

For individual email addresses,
see People or Research links.

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2922
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5045