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Dr Adrian O'Hara

Lecturer in Physiology
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Adrian joined UCLAN in 2018 as a Lecturer in Physiology. Adrian is a molecular and cellular physiologist, with research interests focusing on the role of inflammation in obesity and the role adipokines play in health and disease. He also has interests in gastrointestinal physiology and gastric cancer.

Adrian took up the position of Lecturer in Physiology at UCLAN in 2018, and teaches a range of subjects on the Biomedical Sciences, Physiology & Pharmacology, Pharmacology and Pharmacy undergraduate degree courses, and also on taught masters course on Cancer Therapies. Adrian's research interests build on his previous research experience, and has set up a lab focusing on inflammation in obesity and the role it has at the molecular and cellular level. Throughout his research career Adrian has published both research articles and reviews, and has also contributed to a physiology text book.

Adrian’s initial degree was in Biochemistry, followed by an MSc in Molecular Life Sciences Research. After which he undertook a PhD in Obesity Biology at the University of Liverpool, supervised by Prof. Paul Trayhurn. Adrian’s thesis was titled “Crosstalk between Adipocytes, Pre-adipocytes and Macrophages in Adipose Tissue”, and focused on the inflammatory response observed between these cell types within adipose tissue. Following on from his PhD, Adrian started a postdoctoral research position investigating the role of the proteasome subunit PSMB1 as a novel transcription factor involved in regulating transcription of gastrin responsive genes in a gastric cancer cell line. His second postdoctoral position involved examining the role of the non-canonical NFkB pathway in helicobacter-induced gastric carcinogenesis. In 2017 Adrian took up a position as Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow a Liverpool Hope University, teaching on their Human Biology and Biological Sciences courses. Following this, he took up the position of Lecturer in Physiology at UCLAN in 2018, and teaches a range of subjects on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is also an Academic Adviser for pharmacy students on the MPharm course and is a member of the Academic Board at UCLAN.