Dr Edward Rowan

Senior Lecturer

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

I have been part of the team in the Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) since its inception in 2006 and prior to that I was part of the Physiology and Pharmacology department at Strathclyde. I have held a wide variety of positions within the Institute and I am currently the Director of Teaching of the Biomedical Science degrees that we offer where my role is to manage the degrees and support colleagues in the delivery of their teaching in order to enhance our students’ experience with in SIPBS and the science faculty.

My own research involves the use to animal and plant toxins to explore that physiology of nerves and muscle.  I use a wide variety of techniques ranging from molecular biology to standard organ bath techniques in order to gain both an insight into the mechanism of action of the toxin and the physiology of the tissue being studied.  I have a wide variety of collaborators, both nationally and internationally and I have taught physiology and pharmacology as far field as China and Brazil.

I have a keen interest in how teaching is delivered and I strive to use all the available resources to fully engage students with their learning and I have been encouraging staff to use technology to enhance engagement and learning. 


Has expertise in:

    • Expert in a wide variety of physiological and pharmacological techniques
    • Expert wit organ bath techniques (smooth muscle, cardiac muscle and skeletal muscle)
    • Expert in electrophysiological recordings using; extracellular techniques, microelectrode techniques and patch clamp techniques.
    • Electrophysiological approches on both whole tisses and single cells, both cultured cell lines and dissociated cells from tissues (cardiac cells).


Toward understanding myometrial regulation : metabolomic investigation reveals new pathways of oxytocin and ritodrine activity on the myometrium
Bafor Enitome E., Rowan Edward G., Edrada-Ebel RuAngelie
Reproductive Sciences, (2016)
Viperatoxin-II : a novel viper venom protein as an effective bactericidal agent
Samy Ramar Perumal, Stiles Bradley G., Chinnathambi Arunachalam, Zayed M. E., Alharbi Sulaiman Ali, Franco Octavio Luiz, Rowan Edward G., Kumar Alan Prem, Lim Lina H. K., Sethi Gautam
FEBS Open Bio Vol 5, pp. 928-941, (2015)
The neuromuscular activity of Bothriopsis bilineata smaragdina (forest viper) venom and its toxin Bbil-TX (Asp49 phospholipase A2) on isolated mouse nerve-muscle preparations
Floriano Rafael Stuani, Rocha Thalita, Carregari Victor Corasolla, Marangoni Sergio, da Cruz-Höfling Maria Alice, Hyslop Stephen, Rodrigues-Simioni Léa, Rowan Edward G.
Toxicon Vol 96, pp. 24-37, (2015)
The ex vivo neurotoxic, myotoxic and cardiotoxic activity of cucurbituril-based macrocyclic drug delivery vehicles
Oun Rabbab, Floriano Rafael S., Isaacs Lyle, Rowan Edward G., Wheate Nial J.
Toxicology Research Vol 3, pp. 447-455, (2014)
Wound healing activity and mechanisms of action of an antibacterial protein from the venom of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)
Samy Ramar Perumal, Kandasamy Matheswaran, Gopalakrishnakone Ponnampalam, Stiles Bradley G., Rowan Edward G., Becker David, Shanmugam Muthu K., Sethi Gautam, Chow Vincent T K
PLOS1 Vol 9, (2014)
Neuronal expression of GalNAc transferase is sufficient to prevent the age-related neurodegenerative phenotype of complex ganglioside-deficient mice
Yao Denggao, McGonigal Rhona, Barrie Jennifer A., Cappell Joanna, Cunningham Madeleine E., Meehan Gavin R., Fewou Simon N., Edgar Julia M. , Rowan Edward, Ohmi Yuhsuke , Furukawa Keiko, Furukawa Koichi, Brophy Peter J., Willison Hugh J.
Journal of Neuroscience Vol 34, pp. 880-891, (2014)

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My main teaching interests are twofold.

Determining ways   in which to improve the quality of academic feedback and how that feedback is used by students to improve their learning and understanding. 

Using technologies to enhance learning, engagement and feedback. I have been a principle driver in the use of personal response systems (PRS) with in the institute but not to simply inform students of their progress but to use the data so that students and staff can critique the whole learning journey.

Research interests

The laboratory is working principally in the areas of drug discovery, neuroscience, neuropharmacology, toxinology and cardiovascular physiology. The laboratory is well equipped with up-to-date instrumentation and utilising modern  techniques. We attract ambitious neuroscientists, physiologists and toxinologists from many countries wanting to train for their PhD, many of whom have specific projects aimed at exploring a local scientific question. I encourage students to be independent and enthusiastic. Over the past few years I have trained scientists from: Libyan, India; Pakistan; Iran; Slovenia; Brazil; Egypt; Nigeria; Nepal; Saudi Arabia; Europe and the UK, all of who have successfully achieved their goal. I also have visitors from many countries and from laboratories in the United Kingdom and collaborate with laboratories world wide e.g. Japan, Australia and Slovenia.

Professional activities

Toxicon (Journal)

more professional activities


Isolation and pharmacology of proteins and peptides affecting the cardiovascular system isolated from Bitis nasicornis, the rhinoceros hornec viper:an insight into hypertension
Rowan, Edward (Principal Investigator)
Period 13-Jul-2016 - 06-Sep-2016
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | Salamati, Alireza
Rowan, Edward (Principal Investigator) Zagnoni, Michele (Co-investigator) Salamati, Alireza (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 01-Oct-2015
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal / RS4786
Connolly, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Bushell, Trevor (Co-investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Gourlay, Terry (Co-investigator) McCarron, John (Co-investigator) Riches, Philip (Co-investigator) Rowan, Edward (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2008 - 31-Mar-2018
The role of intracellular calcium in the arrhythmogenic activity of pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes
Drummond, Robert (Principal Investigator) Rowan, Edward (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Oct-2011 - 30-Sep-2014
Rowan, Edward (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2009 - 30-Sep-2010

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
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