Dr Mark Drinkhill

Dr Mark Drinkhill


I obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds in 1989 before being appointed as a Lecture in Cardiovascular Studies in 2000. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005


  • Programme Manager Intercalated BSc Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Module Lead CARD3050, CARD3030, IMS Nerves and Muscle
  • Personal tutor MBChB

Research interests

My primary research focuses on investigating the mechanistic basis of cardiovascular control in health and disease. I have a particular interest in afferent nerve endings in the heart and lungs and how these fibres help regulate the cardiovascular system. Disruption of signals from these sensory nerves In heart failure may account for the detrimental shift in autonomic balance found in this condition. Mechanisms which could lead to an effective enhancement of afferent activity may prove to be of clinical relevance. As part of my research I use rodent models of hypertrophy and heart failure combined with techniques in nerve recording, telemetry, cardiac pressure volume loops, pressure myography and exercise. I also have an interest in the adaptations found to hypoxia and have ongoing collaborations with colleagues from the UK , Peru, USA and Canada.


  • PhD Cardiovascular Studies
  • BSc Physiology

Professional memberships

  • Physiological Society
  • British Society for Cardiovascular Research

Student education

My teaching responsabilities include, PhD and BSc project supervisor; Programme manager; Module manager. I Lecturer on various Programmes in the Faculty of Medicine and Health to students across years 1-3 and act as a years 1 and 2 personal tutor. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Discovery and Translational Science
  • Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre
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