Staff profile

Professor Myra Conway

Professor and Theme Lead in Biomedical Science

Myra Conway standing outside of the Kedleston Road campus


Biomedical Science and Human Biology


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care





My role is as a Professor of Biomedical Science and University Theme lead for Biomedical and Clinical Science Research. In this role, I am responsible for leading and developing research centres across the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

The theme vision is to promote a research culture that works across boundaries, establishing interdisciplinary teams to focus on delivering translational research, which informs curriculum and student experience. I also lead an active research team, where our research focus is on 'Redox Biochemistry, Aging, Neurodegeneration and Biomarker development'.

My previous posts were at the University of Brighton and the University of the West of England (from lecturer through to Professor in Biomedical Science). In these roles, I led research teams for 18 years in research areas that focussed on redox signalling in Alzheimer’s disease and Breast Cancer. I had the pleasure of supervising over 100 student research projects at the undergraduate and MSc levels.

I am passionate about teaching with over 18 years of experience in the fields of Biochemistry, Nutrition and Clinical Biochemistry.  I recently obtained my Senior Fellowship in Teaching and Learning, which reflected my interest in creating the optimal learning environment across space and place, together with curriculum and programme design.

These posts were underpinned by my five year Research Fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Centre, NC, USA.  Here, I had the pleasure of working with the most inspiring biochemists in a vibrant research environment, which fostered collaboration and blue skies research ambition.

Prior to my Research Fellowship in the US, I graduated with a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Galway Ireland, where I obtained a first-class honours degree in Biochemistry (Minor Microbiology). I also have a Diploma in Food Science and Biotechnology from the Munster Technological University (Cork), Ireland.

Research interests

My research aims to understand how changes in the redox environment can influence the structure/function relationships of proteins under both normal and pathophysiological conditions, in particular proteins with reactive thiol groups.  Currently, I have several active research areas:


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