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.

Within the Physiology, Metabolism & Nutrition (PMN) Research Group, 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, as well as Nottingham and Leicester Hospitals. We are also a core part of the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis, and the Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. 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 sport science 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

Professor Paul Greenhaff

Professor of Muscle Metabolism.


Professor Kostas Tsintzas

Professor of Human Physiology


Dr Rudi Billeter-Clark

Associate Professor of Anatomy


Dr Moira Taylor

Associate Professor of Human Nutrition (Dietetics)


Dr Mario Siervo

Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology and Experimental Medicine


Dr Mark Cole

Assistant Professor of Integrative Physiology


Dr Nic Blockley

Assistant Professor of Human Physiological Imaging


Dr Sebastian Serres

Assistant Professor of Metabolic Biochemistry


Dr Matthew Brook

Assistant Professor of Metabolic Physiology


Dr Liz Simpson

Senior Research Fellow of Metabolic Physiology and Nutrition



Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience

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