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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

Vital, SA., Senchenkova, EY., Ansari, J. and Gavins, FNE. (2020) 'Targeting AnxA1/Formyl Peptide Receptor 2 Pathway Affords Protection against Pathological Thrombo-Inflammation'. Cells, 9 (11). pp. 2473 - 2473. ISSN: 2073-4409

Journal article

Omura, S., Sato, F., Park, A-M., Fujita, M., Khadka, S., Nakamura, Y., et al. (2020) 'Bioinformatics Analysis of Gut Microbiota and CNS Transcriptome in Virus-Induced Acute Myelitis and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelination; Potential Association of Distinct Bacteria with CNS IgA upregulation'. Frontiers in Immunology Mucosal Immunity, 11. pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1664-3224 Open Access Link

Journal article

Boltersdorf, T., Ansari, J., Senchenkova, EY., Groeper, J., Pajonczyk, D., Vital, SA., et al. (2020) 'Targeting of Formyl Peptide Receptor 2 for in vivo imaging of acute vascular inflammation'. Theranostics, 10 (15). pp. 6599 - 6614. ISSN: 1838-7640 Open Access Link

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Boltersdorf, T., Ansari, J., Senchenkova, E., Jiang, L., White, AJP., Coogan, M., et al. (2019) 'Development, characterisation and in vitro evaluation of lanthanide-based FPR2/ALX-targeted imaging probes'. Dalton Transactions, 48 (44). pp. 16764 - 16775. ISSN: 1477-9226 Open Access Link

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Becker, F., Romero, E., Goetzmann, J., Hasselschwert, DL., Dray, B., Vanchiere, J., et al. (2019) 'Endogenous Specialized Proresolving Mediator Profiles in a Novel Experimental Model of Lymphatic Obstruction and Intestinal Inflammation in African Green Monkeys'. American Journal of Pathology, 189 (10). pp. 1953 - 1972. ISSN: 0002-9440

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