Dr James Beattie


Primary research theme

Microbiology and Cell Biology

James Beattie graduated from the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Science (SIPBS) with a degree in Biochemistry in 1983 and completed his PhD on the characterisation of the enzyme testosterone 5 alpha reductase in the Department of Dermatology, Anderson College, University of Glasgow.

After a short spell in the biotech industry he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher and was appointed to a scientific civil service position at the Hannah Research Institute. He held a joint post as a Research Fellow at SIPBS and was appointed to a senior lectureship in the Department of Oral Biology, University of Leeds School of Dentistry in 2008. He has published over 70 peer reviewed primary research papers as well several reviews, two book chapters and has recently edited a multi-contributor book. He has two patents on antibody mediated methods of hormonal manipulation and has singly or jointly supervised 21 PhD students. James Beattie’s current research interests include the involvement of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis in the differentiation of dental pulp stem cells and the role of this growth factor axis in the escape of breast tumours from classical anti-oestrogen therapeutic strategies.


Colgate Palmolive (Co-I) 2014-17 Resident oral bacteria with homeostatic potential and their roles in health and disease £107k

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Trust (Co-I) Oral bacteria in homeostasis £87k Current Postgraduate Research Degree Supervision H AlKhafaji(PhD) Nancy Hussein (PhD)Teaching Areas

Intermediary metabolism IBMS Module to 2nd year undergraduates

Professional Activities.

External and Internal Examiner for PhD in the UK and overseas

Member of Biochemical Society


  • Module co-lead ODDR

Research interests

Growth factor regulation of cell differentiation.


  • BSc (Biochemistry Hons -I)
  • PhD

Student education

Lecturing and module leadership in year 1 and year 2 School of dentistry

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