Simon Harrison

Dr Simon Harrison carried out his doctoral work in the department of Physiology at Glasgow University working with Dr David Miller. His research work was focused on the mechanisms of relaxation of ventricular muscle. He was awarded his Ph.D degree in July 1986 and then moved to the University of California to further his research interests. He was awarded three consecutive American Heart Association Fellowships (Jan 1986 – June 1989) working in the laboratory of Prof. Donald Bers, now one of the luminaries of Cardiovascular Physiology. In 1989 he returned to the UK to take up a post-doctoral position at the University of Leeds collaborating with Prof. Mark Boyett. In 1992 he was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Fellowship and at its end a Lectureship in the Department of Physiology at the University of Leeds.

In 1999 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Prof.) and continued his research into mechanisms of cardiac excitation-contraction coupling in health and disease states. His work was supported by research grants from the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Council, The British Journal of Anesthesia and the Welcome Trust and he has worked with and trained many graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. He has presented his work at meetings around the world and published numerous papers in International journals. Dr Harrison also undertook a variety of administrative roles during his tenure at the University of Leeds. These included being Deputy Head of School, Programme Leader, Examinations Officer, Post-Graduate Tutor and Faculty Director of Student Education with oversight of all undergraduate and postgradute programmes in the Faculty of Biological Sciences while simultaneously building a reputation of excellence in student education and support.

After 24 years at Leeds he joined RUSM in January 2015 as a full Professor in the Department of Physiology. He is currently Chair of the Basic Sciences Evaluations Sub-Committee, a member of the Curriculum Committee and active in a number of working groups involved in shaping the educational provision at RUSM. 

Courses Taught:

Cardiovascular Physiology (Cardio 1)

Case-based Cognitive Skills