After graduating with a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2008, Donna worked as a post-doctoral researcher on a number of projects before joining UCLan in 2016. She teachers across a range of subjects for our Biomedical Science, Pharmacology and Pharmacy programs. Donna has a number of research interests, which centre around understanding the function of the peripheral nervous system.
Donna is a neurophysiologist and pharmacologist. She has particular expertise in the physiology and pharmacology of the visceral organs including the gastrointestinal system and urinary tract. She leads a 40 credit second year module (physiology and pharmacology) and a 20 credit second year module (tissues to organisms), is the course leader of the Neuroscience Research Masters degree (MRes), and co-ordinates a number of sub-themes of the pharmacy program. She is an academic advisor providing academic and pastoral support for undergraduate student and she supervises undergraduate projects. Donna is an active researcher and supervises a number of PhD and Masters students. Her research aims to understand how the sensory nerves innervating the visceral organs such as the bladder and intestine detect normal bladder filling and how these signals are altered with disease or ageing.
Donna completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2007 under the supervision of Professor David Grundy, Professor Chess-Williams and Professor Christopher Chapple where she developed and validated an in vitro model for studying bladder sensory nerves. Following this she did a post-doc at Queens University, Canada with Dr Michael Beyak looking at the effects of long term diet-induced obesity on gut sensitivity. In 2010 Donna was awarded a 12 month European fellowship to study the role of proteases in colonic inflammation after which she continued her previous work on the lower urinary tract. She has since conducted a number of studies looking at the effect botulinum toxin on bladder function and the impact of ageing on the sensitivity of bladder nerves. She is also currently working with some mathematical modellers to try and build a physiologically relevant model of bladder filling. While a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sheffield Donna contributed to teaching on the Dentistry and Biomedical science degree and completed a PG Cert (higher education). She joined UCLan in 2016 as a Lecturer in Physiology and Pharmacology and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Physiology in 2018. Donna teachers across a range of subjects for our Biomedical Science, Pharmacology and Pharmacy programs and continues her research of peripheral neurophysiology.
- PG Cert (Higher Education), University of Sheffield, 2014
- PhD Physiology, University of Sheffield, 2008
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, 2004
- John Blandy Prize for best scientific paper 2015
- 2013 she was awarded the ICS best scientific abstract prize
- ICS Ferring-Water prize for new investigators2012
- BL1013 - Biosciences in Practice
- BL1011 - Fundamentals of Biosciences
- BL2014 - Tissues to Organisms
- BL2016 - Physiology and Pharmacology
- PJ1301 - Health and Disease
- PJ2300 - Systems-Based Patient Care 1
- PJ3300 - Systems-Based Patient Care 2
- Human physiology
- Afferent nerves
- Lower urinary tract
- Member of the British Physiological Society
- Fellow of the HEA