Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience


Our physiology research spans a whole range of investigations, from single ion cell function in cell membranes, right through to the integrated study of the human body.

We’ve recruited a talented, highly experienced research team, who together explore areas including muscle fuel; protein and mass modulation; and cardiovascular physiology and nutritional metabolism in the context of ageing, health and chronic disease.

We’re particularly well known for our research into human physiology, with outstanding facilities in the David Greenfield Human Physiology Unit, where we conduct world-leading investigations into metabolic regulation, with our team of human volunteers.

As a collaborative research community, we’ve built close links with our clinical colleagues at The University of Nottingham’s Graduate Medical School in Derby. We’re also a core part of the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport Exercise and Osteoarthritis.

Our team also has long-standing partnerships with industry and clinical translational research networks – locally, nationally and internationally. This commitment to collaboration enables us to share groundbreaking knowledge and drive new developments that make a real difference to people’s lives.


Research that’s making an impact

World-leading research into musculoskeletal health 

In partnership with the   Medical Research Council and   Arthritis Research UK, we’ve built a centre of excellence around the study of muscle metabolism and musculoskeletal diseases, here at the University of Nottingham. It’s made up of three groundbreaking groups – the   Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, the   Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the   Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.


A new era for sports sciences in Nottingham

Along with the formation of the  David Ross Sports Village, we recently launched a new  BSc Sport and Exercise Science course that draws on our expertise in human physiology and muscle metabolism.


Spotlight projects

Understanding human metabolism

How we’re investigating metabolic health


How nutrition affects diabetes and weight loss

How we’re helping in the fight against obesity


Key researchers in this field

Dr Rudi Billeter-Clark

Musculoskeletal biology.


Dr Tim Constantin-Teodosiu

Skeletal muscle metabolism.


Professor Paul Greenhaff

Skeletal muscle metabolism.


Dr Liz Simpson

Metabolic physiology and nutrition.


Michael Rittig


Paul Smith


Dr Mario Siervo


Matt Brook


Dr Kostas Tsintzas

Human physiology.


Our research


School of Life Sciences



Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience

School of Life Sciences
University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH