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Prof Kenneth Wann  -  BSc PhD

I graduated in Physiology from Aberdeen University and remained there to establish an electrophysiology laboratory as a PhD student. I was appointed to a lectureship in 1972. I then moved to the Welcome Foundation Laboratories in Beckenham where I was employed as a senior scientist / electrophysiologist from 1982-1986. In July 1986 I returned as a Reader to Academia to the MRC Clinical Research centre in Northwick Park, London. Whilst based in the division of Anaesthesia there I revisited a former interest of mine - that of high pressure studies. I had a short spell in the James Black Foundation in London in 1990-1991 before moving to the Department of Physiology in the Royal Free Hospital Medical School (now the Royal Free and University College Medical School).

I took up my present post as a cellular Physiologist / Pharmacologist in the School of Pharmacy in Cardiff University in 1996. I have acted as consultant to many of the major Pharmaceutical Companies including Pfizer, Roche, Wellcome, Johnson and Johnson, Pharmacia, Upjohn, Wyeth and the James Black Foundation.

My specific scientific interests include membrane potassium channels, cardiac arrhythmias, cell death, bacterial signalling, neurodegenerative diseases and epilepsy. I have specific knowledge of ion channel-targeted drugs and have first hand experience of drug design programmes in areas such as epilepsy, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia and parasitic diseases and pesticides. Current work focuses on the role of ion channels in disease and bacterial signalling.

I have previously served on several Research Council Committees, have served as an MRC Advisory Board member and  on the UK Medical Research Council College of Experts for the Physiological Systems and Clinical Sciences panel. 


Other major work / social distractions include:

Marine Laboratories where I have worked

Group Away Days

Away Day 1 group photo

left to Right Miss Bo Li, Pablo Reviriego, Neil Henny

Away Day 2 group photo










Public Understanding of Science (The Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine)

Hills / Mountains

International Recruitment

International Recruitment stand