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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Professor Curtis is open to PhD applications from candidates with a basic science or clinical background.

His areas of interest include:
- Vascular Physiology
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Therapeutics for Eye Disease

Previous research experience is desirable although not essential.

1996 …2024

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Personal profile

Research Statement

My research interests are mainly focused on the mechanisms underlying the development of diabetic retinopathy and identification of novel therapeutic strategies for the early stage treatment of this disease. My group is also undertaking research into the basic mechanisms controlling blood flow, vascular permeability and angiogenesis in the eye which provides an important foundation for our diabetic retinopathy-related studies. Much of the work in my laboratory is interdisciplinary, spanning through molecular biology, protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, pharmacology, live-cell and in vivo imaging, software development and clinical-based research. My research has been supported by various funding agencies including the BBSRC, MRC, HSC R&D Division, Fight for Sight, Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Wellcome Trust.
Besides my teaching commitments at undergraduate and postgraduate level, I presently hold the role of Academic Lead for the Advanced Imaging Core Technology Unit (CTU) in the Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Life Sciences. Previously, I served as Deputy Director for the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine from 2016 to 2023.
Further information on the work in my laboratory can be found at:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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