Dr Matthew Harper

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Matthew Harper is a University Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology.

Academic interests

Matthew Harper's academic interests include:

  • Signalling in (and between) blood cells in haemostasis, thrombosis, and inflammation.
  • Mechanisms of drug action on blood cells.
  • Thrombosis and bleeding as side effects of chemotherapy.

Degrees obtained

  • MA, Cantab.
  • PhD, Cantab.


Matthew read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and stayed to complete a PhD with Stewart Sage in the Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience on the regulation of calcium signalling in platelets. He moved to Alastair Poole’s group in Bristol to work on platelet granule secretion and thrombosis.

He is on the editorial boards of the journals Platelets, Scientific Reports and Pharmacology Reviews and Perspectives, and is a founding trustee of The Platelet Society, a charity that promotes research and education about the roles of platelets in disease. In 2015 he was appointed to a lectureship in the Pharmacology Department. His current research focuses on understanding blood clotting in health and disease.

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