Dr Sarka Tumova


I am a biochemist and cell biologist with a background in proteoglycan signalling in cell adhesion and migration and a further interest in physiological processes in vascular endothelium. I have been working at the University of Leeds since 2008 when I have joined the Ion Channel Group of Professor David Beech as a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate novel molecular interactions in ion channel signalling. Between 2013-2018 I have been a member of Prof. Gary Williamson's group elucidating the mechanisms of the chronic effect of dietary polyphenols in endothelial cells. Currently I have rejoined Professor Beech's group as a Research Fellow in Ion Channel Pharmacology.

Research interests

My current research interest is related to the role of ion channels in cardiovascular disease. In a collaborative effort between the groups of Professor David Beech and Dr Richard Foster, I am investigating small molecule inhibitors of TRP ion channels with a potential to develop novel treatments for human disease.


  • PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • MS in Biochemistry

Professional memberships

  • The British Society for Cardiovascular Research

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine