Chancellor’s Research Fellow and Lecturer in Pharmacology, Haematology and Drug Discovery
- RSE Young Academy of Scotland elected member, 2018
- Ingenious & Enterprising Women Scotland member, 2018
- Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, 2018
- Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology Matters magazine, 2017-present
- Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice, University of Strathclyde, 2017
- Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Awardee, 2016-present
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2016
- British Heart Foundation PDRA in the Bristol Platelet Group, University of Bristol, 2010-2014
- AJ Clark PhD Studentship in Pharmacology, University of Strathclyde, 2006-2010
- First Class BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Pharmacology, University of Strathclyde, 2004-2006
- Laboratory Technician in Cardiovascular Research, University of Glasgow, 1999-2004
My field of expertise is G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) regulation and function in health and disease. My research area broadly spans understanding the molecular mechanisms of GPCR involvement in the processes that underpin platelet function, anti-cancer cardiotoxicity, inflammation and pain. I am a member of the SIPBS Cellular Basis of Disease (CBD) Research Group and I co-lead the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases sub-group with Dr Susan Currie.
I am the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology Matters magazine and sit on the editorial board for Pharmacology Research & Perspectives journal.
Improving attainment, participation and engagement in science is very important to me therefore I mentor students as part of the Social Mobility Foundation and the Strathclyde Cares Widening Access at University of Strathclyde. I am a keen advocate of enhancing STEM education in primary and secondary schools and sit on the University of Strathclyde and SIPBS Outreach committees. I am a member of the SIPBS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team where I lead on the Career Progression working group for training and form part of the Organisation, Culture and Communication working group.
I am a lecturer for Undergraduate Year 3 BM322 Biomedical Pharmacology, BM324 and BM327 Fundamentals of Pharmacology classes and support the delivery of lectures for BM933 Advanced studies in Haematology and BM937 Advanced topics in Biomedical research. I also provide laboratory based research projects as part of BM432 and BM906.
I coordinate and deliver the Organisational and Staff Development Unit (OSDU) Research Bidding and Design - Getting Started class with Dr Emma Compton-Daw and Dr Katherine Duncan to help support early career researchers with grantmanship.
My laboratory welcomes placements as part of the Erasmus programme so please contact me for further information and details of project opportunities available.
I actively engage with primary and secondary schools to help devise and deliver their STEM-related activities and participate in their career carousel events. I offer work experience to secondary school students to give them a taste of laboratory life.
My research is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary with ongoing projects in my laboratory including:
I have an open-door policy and offer a supportive environment for highly motivated students to progress in their studies and develop their research skills.
I welcome all informal enquiries to discuss potential opportunities to join my research team!
*Lab group website in development
- Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland (External organisation)
- 18th World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology
- Biochemical Society Early Career Network (External organisation)
- Young Life Scientists Symposium
- Ingenious & Enterprising Women Scotland Leadership Residential Retreat
- Infectious Diseases Workshops – Raising Attainment in Numeracy, STEM Outreach
more professional activities
- British Society for Cell Biology Vacation Studentship - Investigating the cellular complexity of drug-induced cardiotoxicity by fingerprinting single cell mass spectral information using ToF-SIMS
- Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Principal Investigator) Wood, Rachel Aimee (Research Co-investigator) Chrubasik, Michael (Researcher) Gilchrist, Rebecca (Researcher)
- 25-Jan-2018 - 18-Jan-2018
- The Biochemical Society Summer Vacation Studentship: Project ‘The role of PAR4 in EAE models of Multiple Sclerosis’
- Wood, Rachel Aimee (Principal Investigator) Barbour, Mark (Principal Investigator) McEwan, Ryan (Researcher) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Academic) Jiang, Hui-Rong (Academic)
- PI: Dr Rachel Wood, Co-applicants: Dr Mark Barbour, Dr Margaret Cunningham and Dr Hui-Rong Jiang £1600, 2018
Student: Mr Ryan McEwan
- 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
- 'Young Life Scientists' Symposium - Molecular Neuropharmacology in Health and Wellbeing’
- Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Academic)
- YLS Symposia organization ‘Molecular Neuropharmacology in Health and Wellbeing’ in collaboration with University of Glasgow, Biochemical Society, The Physiological Society, British Pharmacological Society hosted at the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre on Thursday 19th November (£3000, 2018).
Dr Margaret Rose Cunningham (UoS)
Dr Mark Barbour (UoS)
Dr Rachel Wood (UoS)
Mr Moa Safar (UoS, PhD candidate)
Dr Sophie Bradley (UoG)
Dr Mario Rossi (UoG)
Ms Sarah Hesse (UoG, PhD candidate)
Ms Miriam Scarpa (UoG, PhD candidate)
- 01-Jan-2018 - 15-Jan-2018
- Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship
- Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Principal Investigator)
- The aim of the project is to establish firm and authentic contacts with numerous educational institutions world-wide to create a hub of primary and secondary schools across different continents that can digitally collaborate to form a global STEM club.
I already have existing professional connections in North & South America, Africa and Europe, therefore this fellowship seeka to develop ties to STEM ambassadors in schools in Asia and Australasia, namely Japan and Australia respectively.
In doing so I hope to:
1. Work with new ambassadors to share ideas on STEM outreach to gain insight into their best practices and how they strive to achieve equity in attainment in their local area.
2. Create a Wikispace classroom to host and organise collaborative interschool activities.
3. Establish a global network for schools in the West Dunbartonshire area to foster knowledge exchange (STEM or otherwise)
4. Communicate progress via school blogs, learned societies and publication.
- 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
- BPS Vacation Studentship - Investigating biophysical interactions of PAR inhibitors at the cell membrane using Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS)
- Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Principal Investigator) Wood, Rachel Aimee (Research Co-investigator) Flight, Katie (Researcher)
- 26-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2017
- A multi-disciplinary approach to thrombin receptor research - A focus on the interrogation of the Proteinase-activated Receptor 4 (PAR4) interactome
- Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Principal Investigator)
- 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019
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