Professor David J Beech

Professor David J Beech


After undergraduate studies at the University of Manchester and a PhD at St George’s University London, I trained in biophysics at the University of Washington, Seattle, before returning to the UK as a Wellcome Career Development Fellow. I am now professor at the University of Leeds. My expertise is in research, postgraduate research education and academic leadership across disciplines.


  • NIHR BRC Cardiometabolic Disease Theme Lead
  • Academy of Medical Sciences Regional Champion

Research interests

I aim to advance understanding of ion channels in biology. I am particularly interested in cellular calcium homeostasis and the idea that special classes of calcium-permeable ion channel evolved to mediate responses to physical and chemical stimuli. I work to identify ways to modulate these ion channels and use this knowledge to deliver new therapies for unsolved disease problems.


  • BSc Hons
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Member of the Physiological Society

Student education

Primary supervisor, teacher and management group member of the British Heart Foundation 4-Year PhD Programme in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes at Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Discovery and Translational Science
  • British Heart Foundation - Cardiovascular research
  • LICAMM - international PhD academy

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//">LICAMM Endothelial Piezo1 channels of human placenta and their physiological roles</a></li> <li><a href="//">LICAMM Structural insights into the modulation of heteromeric TRPC1/4/5 channels</a></li>