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Professor Felicity Gavins

Professor Felicity Gavins
Professor - Pharmacology


Felicity read Pharmacology at the University of Sunderland, where she also embarked on an industrial placement year at Bayer Pharmaceuticals in Slough. After completing her BSc (Hons), she moved to London to study for a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Queen Mary University London, supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Felicity was then awarded a BHF Junior Research Fellowship to undertake further research both in the UK and the USA.

In 2007 Felicity joined Imperial College London to take up a Lectureship position in the Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology (CIMPP). This was shortly followed by a senior lectureship and the appointment to Deputy Head of The Centre of Neurodegeneration & Neuroinflammation. In 2013 she accepted an academic position in the USA at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport (LSUHSC-S) and was appointed Director of The Small Animal Imaging Facility.

Felicity is a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and of the Royal Society of Biology. She joined Brunel University London in August 2019 as Professor of Pharmacology and Royal Society Wolfson Fellow, and is the Director of The Centre for Inflammation Research and Translational Medicine (CIRTM).

Throughout her academic career, Felicity has worked with and served on numerous national and international research councils, medical charities and learned societies. She has published widely in her field and received a number of awards and honours for her work. She has received funding for her research from a range of funders including: the Royal Society and the Wolfson Foundation (RSWF), the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI).

Felicity continues to be actively involved in public and patient organizations which has been immensely instructive for her research. She is also dedicated to promoting mentoring and collaborative research, along with facilitating mentoring of post-doctoral fellows/early-career investigators.


  • BSc (Hons)
  • Ph.D.
  • FRSB
  • FBPhS
  • FHEA


  • Director of The Centre for Inflammation Research and Translational Medicine (CIRTM)


  • University Research Strategy Committee
  • University Animal Welfare Ethical Review Board (AWERB)

Newest selected publications

Senchenkova, EY., Ansari, J., Becker, F., Vital, SA., Al-Yafeai, Z., Sparkenbaugh, EM., et al. (2019) 'Novel Role for the AnxA1-Fpr2/ALX Signaling Axis as a Key Regulator of Platelet Function to Promote Resolution of Inflammation'. Circulation, 140 (4). pp. 319 - 335. ISSN: 0009-7322 Open Access Link

Journal article

Senchenkova, EY., Russell, J., Yildirim, A., Granger, DN. and Gavins, FNE. (2019) 'Novel Role of T Cells and IL-6 (Interleukin-6) in Angiotensin II–Induced Microvascular Dysfunction'. Hypertension, 73 (4). pp. 829 - 838. ISSN: 0194-911X

Journal article

Gillespie, S., Holloway, PM., Becker, F., Rauzi, F., Vital, SA., Taylor, KA., et al. (2018) 'The isothiocyanate sulforaphane modulates platelet function and protects against cerebral thrombotic dysfunction'. British Journal of Pharmacology, 175 (16). pp. 3333 - 3346. ISSN: 0007-1188

Journal article

Senchenkova, EY., Russell, J., Vital, SA., Yildirim, A., Orr, AW., Granger, DN. and et al. (2018) 'A critical role for both CD40 and VLA5 in angiotensin II–mediated thrombosis and inflammation'. The FASEB Journal, 32 (6). pp. 3448 - 3456. ISSN: 0892-6638 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hughes, EL., Becker, F., Flower, RJ., Buckingham, JC. and Gavins, FNE. (2017) 'Mast cells mediate early neutrophil recruitment and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties via the formyl peptide receptor 2/lipoxin A4 receptor'. British Journal of Pharmacology, 174 (14). pp. 2393 - 2408. ISSN: 0007-1188 Open Access Link

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