Staff profile

Dr Laurice Fretwell

Course Director in Human Sciences

Laurice Fretwell in a teaching room


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As Course Director for the School of Human Sciences, I work across all disciplines to enhance teaching, learning, the student experience and graduate outcomes.  Alongside my strategic responsibilities, I continue to teach and supervise student research projects in areas such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, cardiovascular disease, and barriers to accessing healthcare.  I have experience with face-to-face and online delivery, and particularly enjoy creating active learning spaces that allow for free-flowing discussions.   

I have significant experience in programme development and validations, including setting up and leading programmes in collaboration with local NHS Trusts, which has supported the quality-focused aspects of my current role. 

I am very passionate about opening doors for all and creating opportunities for students to achieve their best outcomes and enjoy working with industrial partners to help increase employability-focused activities and ensure that our curricula are suited to future sector needs. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am module leader for our Industrial Placement Year modules, and teach on different modules on Human Biology and Biomedical Health.  I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects.

Professional interests

I lead on the enhancement and embedding of employability activity across the School of Human Sciences. As part of this, I am always interested to speak to employers about how we can work together to provide work experience or volunteering for our students and ensure that we produce highly-skilled workplace-ready graduates.  

Research interests

After graduating from BSc (Hons.) Physiology and Pharmacology, I completed my PhD at Nottingham Trent University into the role of BKCa channels in adenosine-receptor mediated cytoprotection (using H9c2 cells and ventricle strips to model hypoxia-reoxygenation injury).  

I was then awarded a Career Development Fellowship in Cardiovascular Pharmacology & Drug Discovery at the University of Nottingham, where I monitored regional haemodynamic responses in vivo and developed skills in pressure myography.  

Since then, I have supervised PhD and MRes students and am keen to pursue research and collaborate in the following areas:

Membership of professional bodies


International experience

I have previously been an international lead; I led on internationalisation of the curriculum, developed and led international student trips that included cross-disciplinary activities plus subject-specific learning, and deepened my understanding of international recruitment.  In particular, I visited Hong Kong on several occasions to attend recruitment fairs and build relationships with alumni and academic partners. 

Recent publications

  • Driskel M, Horsley A, Fretwell LClayton N, Al-Aloul M. (2019) Lung clearance index in detection of post-transplant bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome. ERJ Open Res. 5: 00164-2019
  • Carter JJ, Fretwell LV, Woolard J. (2017) Effects of 4 multitargeted receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors on regional hemodynamics in conscious, freely moving rats. FASEB J. 31(3):1193-1203
  • Fretwell LV, Woolard J. (2013) Cardiovascular responses to retigabine in conscious rats--under normotensive and hypertensive conditions. Br J Pharmacol. 169(6):1279-89
  • Baker JG, Kemp P, March J, Fretwell L, Hill SJ, Gardiner SM. (2011) Predicting in vivo cardiovascular properties of β-blockers from cellular assays: a quantitative comparison of cellular and cardiovascular pharmacological responses. FASEB J. 25(12):4486-97
  • Fretwell L, Dickenson JM. (2011) Role of large-conductance Ca²+-activated K+ channels in adenosine A₁ receptor-mediated pharmacological postconditioning in H9c2 cells. Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 89(1):24-30
  • Fretwell L, Dickenson JM. (2009) Role of large-conductance Ca(2+) -activated potassium channels in adenosine A(1) receptor-mediated pharmacological preconditioning in H9c2 cells. Eur J Pharmacol. 618(1-3):37-44