Simon M. Harrison , PhD
Professor of Physiology
Simon Harrison, PhD, carried out his doctoral work in the Department of Physiology at Glasgow University working with Dr. David Miller. His research focused on the mechanisms of relaxation of ventricular muscle. He was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in July of 1986, and then moved to the University of California to further his research interests. He was awarded three consecutive American Heart Association Fellowships (1986-1989) working in the laboratory of Professor Donald Bers. In 1989, he returned to the United Kingdom to take up a post-doctoral position at the University of Leeds, collaborating with Professor 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 and continued his research into mechanisms of cardiac excitation-contraction coupling in health and various disease states. His work has been 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 55 full, peer-reviewed research 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, Program Leader, Examinations Officer, Post-Graduate Tutor, and Faculty Director of Student Education with oversight of all undergraduate and postgraduate programs 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 Ross University School of Medicine in 2015 as a Professor in the Department of Physiology.