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 degree that we deliver in China, Nanjing  with our academic partners in China Pharmaceutical University (CPU)  where my role is to manage the degree and support colleagues in the delivery of their teaching in order to enhance our students’ experience within CPU and SIPBS. 

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).


Spontaneous Ca2+ transients in rat pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes are increased in frequency and become more synchronous following electrical stimulation
Henry Alasdair D, MacQuaide N, Burton FL, Rankin AC, Rowan EG, Drummond RM
Cell Calcium Vol 76, pp. 36-47 (2018)
Glial sulfatides and neuronal complex gangliosides are functionally interdependent in maintaining myelinating axon integrity
McGonigal R, Barrie JA, Yao D, McLaughlin M, Cunningham ME, Rowan EG, Willison HJ
Journal of Neuroscience (2018)
Metabolomics-coupled functional pharmacology of chlorophyll compounds isolated from the leaves of Ficus Exasperata Vahl (Moraceae) provides novel pathways on myometrial activity
Bafor Enitome E, Rowan Edward G, Edrada-Ebel RuAngelie
Reproductive Sciences Vol 25, pp. 923-937 (2018)
In vitro anti-diabetic effect of flavonoids and pheophytins from Allophylus cominia Sw. on the glucose uptake assays by HepG2, L6, 3T3-L1 and fat accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes
Semaan DG, Igoli JO, Young L, Gray AI, Rowan EG, Marrero E
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 216, pp. 8-17 (2018)
Dataset on the kinetics of the inhibition of PTP1B by the flavonoids and pheophytin A from Allophylus cominia
Semaan D G, Igoli J O, Young L, Marrero E, Gray A I, Rowan E G
Data in Brief Vol 17, pp. 401-406 (2018)
Individual variability of venom from the European adder (Vipera berus berus) from one locality in Eastern Hungary
Malina Tamás, Krecsák László, Westerström Alexander, Szemán-Nagy Gábor, Gyémánt Gyöngyi, M-Hamvas Márta, Rowan Edward G, Harvey Alan L, Warrell David A, Pál Balázs, Rusznák Zoltán, Vasas Gábor
Toxicon Vol 135, pp. 59-70 (2017)

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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)
13-Jan-2016 - 06-Jan-2016
The role of intracellular calcium in the arrhythmogenic activity of pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes
Drummond, Robert (Principal Investigator) Rowan, Edward (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2011 - 30-Jan-2014
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | Salamati, Alireza
Rowan, Edward (Principal Investigator) Zagnoni, Michele (Co-investigator) Salamati, Alireza (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 01-Jan-2015
Rowan, Edward (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2009 - 30-Jan-2010
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, Phil (Co-investigator) Rowan, Edward (Co-investigator) Wright, Amanda (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2008 - 31-Jan-2018

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Robertson Wing

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