Professor Sikha Saha

Professor Sikha Saha


I was awarded her PhD at the University of Leeds in 1991 and have held BHF, Wellcome Trust and University fellowships. I have successfully progressed up the academic route at the University of Leeds making a substantial contribution to both student education and research.  I also had previous leading roles at the University as Director of Impact and Innovation, Leeds Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre (MCRC) for 3 years; Director of International Postgraduate Medical Training for 6 years and represented the LICAMM to the Faculty International Committee for 3 years. As Academic Lead of MBChB RESS-SSP modules I have introduced enterprise education in the Leeds Medical Curriculum. Currently I am representing LICAMM in the Medical School’s initiative of “Decolonising Leeds Medical curriculum 2021” and has a leading role in Leeds Medical School’s participation to the Academic Intersectionality Mentoring in Medical Schools (AIMMS) Board supported by nine UK Medical Schools and the Academy of Medical Sciences.





  • LICAMM Lead to Medical School’s “Decolonising Leeds Medical curriculum 2021”
  • Leeds Medical School Lead to the Academic Intersectionality Mentoring in Medical Schools Board
  • Theme Lead of Cardiac and vascular Physiology at the Physiological Society, UK

Research interests

My research team works on tissue engineering, blood brain barrier, metabolic profiling, biosensing and preclinical and clinical development of novel drugs and diagnostic devices for cerebrovascular diseases.  My most important scientific contributions to date are my innovative ideas of novel in vitro human primary cell based blood brain barrier model and the development of sensor technologies for detection of biomarkers for cerebrovascular and metabolic diseases.  I am also the Lead Inventor of a biomarker patent and Co-inventor of a laser based non-invasive glucose sensor patent.  My research is supported by the BBSRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, and industries. 



  • BSc (Hons) in Physiology, 1st class
  • MSc in Physiology
  • PhD in Physiology
  • FHEA, UK

Professional memberships

  • Panel “Pool of Experts”: BBSRC
  • Associate Editor: Frontriers special edition “Cerebrovascular and Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of chemical Neuroanatomy
  • Symposium organiser, Blood brain barrier, 23rd Biennial Meeting, 2019, Milan, Italy
  • Assessor: Innovate UK
  • External Reviewer: French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Advisory Board Member: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Plysiology
  • Peer Review Member: ESRC
  • British Society of Cardiovascular Research, UK; European Society for Neurochemistry, UK; International Society for Neurochemistry, Switzerland; Federation of European Neurosciences Societies, Germany
  • The Society for Neuroscience USA; The Physiological Society, UK.; The Physiological Society of India

Student education

As Academic Lead I have developed the MBChB year 2 and year 3 RESS-SSP courses and introduced enterprise education in Leeds MBChB Course. I have been delivering lectures to MBChB, BSC Cardiovascular and Neuroscience, BSc Intercalated Cardiovascular Medicine, Health Sciences and Dentistry Students for the last 25 years. I have also provided personal tutorial guidance to Ist and 2nd year MBChB students for 12 years.  

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate researchers

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