Prof Andrew Trafford BVSc, CertVA, PhD, MRCVS

Professor of Cardiac Pathophysiology

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I am Professor of Cardiac Pathophysiology (since 2011). 

Research: My group uses a multidisciplinary integrative physiology approach to understand the mechanisms that control cardiac function and how this is perturbed in disease. Our expertise spans whole animal in vivo methodologies to assess cardiac function and electrophysiology, whole heart optical mapping, single cell electrophysiology and intracellular ion concentration measurements, super resolution imaging (STORM) and molecular aspects of the control and dysregulation of cardiac function.

My research is currently supported by awards from The British Heart Foundation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust.

Postgraduate Students: I currently act as primary supervisor for 4 PhD students and a Clinical Research Training Fellow. I have supervised (primary supervisor) 14 PhDs and 1 MPhil to completion (100 % submission and completion on time).

Teaching: I deliver both lectures and practical classes to undergraduate Biological Sciences and Pharmacology students and offer a number of undergraduate and post-graduate taught laboratory rotations each year.

Administration: I am currently Associate Dean for Research (interim) for The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. I am also Deputy Academic Lead for The Biomedical Services Facility and sit on several University and Faculty Committees. Effective September 2021 I am also a member of The University of Manchester Senate.

External Roles:  I am Co-Chair of The Physiological Society In Vivo Task Force and a member of The Royal Society of Biology Animal Sciences Group and UK Biosciences Coalition. I am an ad hoc reviewer for several national and international grant panels and a member of Frontiers and Europace editorial boards.



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

Wellcome Prize (Physiological Society) - 2008

Professor of Cardiac Pathophysiology - 2011

British Heart Foundation Senior Basic Science Research Fellow - 2012

Fellow Royal Society of Biology - 2018

Fellow of The International Society for Heart Research - 2021


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

Royal Society of Biology (Fellow, 2018)

External positions

Editorial Board, Europace

In Vivo Sub-Committee, The Physiological Society

Animal Sciences Group, The Royal Society of Biology

Editorial Board, Frontiers in Physiology

UK Biosciences Coalition Member

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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