Prof Andrew Trafford BVSc, CertVA, PhD, MRCVS

Professor of Cardiac Pathophysiology

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I am a Professor of Cardiac Pathophysiology and a British Heart Foundation Senior Basic Science Research Fellow.  My research fellowship is entitled - "Dysfunctional beta-adrenergic signalling in heart failure:  Impact on cellular calcium homeostasis and role as a therapeutic target"

Research Group - 8 PhD and MPhil students, 5 post doctoral research associates, 2 research technicians.  Our group is primarily supported by The British Heart Foundation and has a current grants awarded to > £2 million in value.  Our research activities focus on the control and mis-control of contraction and arrhythmia mechanisms in the heart. 

Teaching - I participate in a number of undergraduate units delivering both core lectures (Cardiovascular Systems in Health and Disease), and practical sessions (Pharmacology) I also deliver a number of post-graduate tutorials.  I also offer a number of undergraduate (BSc, MBChB) and MRes laboratory projects and literature review topics.  

Administration - I am a member of the Biomedical Services Facility Management group and post graduate clinical tutor for The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.  Externally I am an editorial board member of several journals including Journal of Molecular & Cellular Cardiology, Frontiers in Cardiac Physiology and Europace.  I have also (2009-13) been a council member of The Physiological Society and a member of the International Program Steering Committee for The Interational Union of Physiological Sciences (2011-13).


For a more detailed overview of the activities within The Division of Cardiovascular Science please follow the link below


BVSc Liverpool - 1991

After a short time in a mixed equine and small animal hospital practice in Staffordshire returned to Liverpool as a Wellcome Veterinary Clinical Training Scholar to complete the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and a PhD in Cardiac Phsyiology within the Veterinary Faculty.

Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia - 1994

PhD, Liverpool - 1996

Lectureship in Veterinary Biology - Liverpool - 1998

Lectureship in Cardiac Electrophysiology - Manchester - 1999

Senior Lectureship, Manchester - 2005

Professor, Manchester - 2011

Physiological Society Wellcome Prize - 2007

Wellcome Prize (Physiological Society) - 2008

Professor of Cardiac Pathophysiology - 2011

British Heart Foundation Senior Basic Science Research Fellow - 2012


Bachelor Veterinary Science (commendation).  University of Liverpool 1991

Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 1994

Doctor of Philosophy. University of Liverpool 1996

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)

The Physiological Society

British Society for Cardiovascular Research

International Society for Heart Research

External positions

Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology

Editorial Board, Experimental Physiology

Editorial Board, Europace

In Vivo Sub-Committee, The Physiological Society

Animal Sciences Group, The Royal Society of Biology

Areas of expertise

  • QP Physiology - Heart, Calcium, Heart Failure, Electrophysiology, Atrial Fibrillation, Myocardial Infarction, Extracellular Matrix, Transverse Tubules


  • Heart Failure, Calcium, Transverse tubules, Animal Models, Electrophysiology, Collagen

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