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Department of Pharmacology



– Group Leader

Fellow in Pharmacology Jesus College

Tel: +44 1223 34032


Thrombosis, Platelets, Cellular signalling, Cell death, Calcium, Necrosis, Phosphatidylserine exposure, 3Rs, Microparticles


Investigator Biography

Matthew read natural sciences at Cambridge and stayed to complete a PhD with Stewart Sage (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) on the regulation of calcium signalling in platelets. He moved to Alastair Poole’s group in Bristol to work on platelet granule secretion and thrombosis. Matthew is on the editorial board of the journals Platelets and Pharmacology Reviews and Perspectives, and was a founding trustee of The Platelet Society, a charity that promotes research and education about the roles of platelets in disease. In 2015 he was appointed to a lectureship in the Pharmacology Department. His current research focuses on understanding platelets in health and disease.
Matthew is a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, where he supervises second year medics and vets taking the Mechanisms of Drug Action (MoDA) course. He is also the Admissions Tutor for Sciences. Queries related to undergraduate admissions should be directed at Cambridge Admissions Office or the


Lab members

Harper Lab summer 2018
Clara Andiazabal - Ruby Baxter -  Zoe Colucci - Jo Dear - Leila Uddin - Venkat Vadlamani

Key publications

Millington-Burgess SL, Harper MT (2022). Maintaining flippase activity in procoagulant platelets is a novel approach to reduce thrombin generation. J Thromb Haemost, In Press

Berry J, Peaudecerf FJ, Masters NA, Neeves KB, Goldstein RE, Harper MT (2021). An "occlusive thrombosis-on-a-chip" microfluidic device for investigating the effect of anti-thrombotic drugs. Lab Chip, 21, 4104-4117.

Abbasian N, Millington-Burgess SL, Chabra S, Malcor JD, Harper MT (2020). Supramaximal calcium signaling triggers procoagulant platelet formation. Blood Adv, In Press

Millington-Burgess SL, Rahman T, Harper MT (2020). R5421 is not a selective inhibitor platelet scramblase activity. Br J Pharmacol, 117, 4007-4020.

Wei H, Malcor JM, Harper MT (2018). Lipid rafts are essential for release of phosphatidylserine-exposing extracellular vesicles from platelets. Sci Rep, 8, 9987.

Harper MT, Camacho Londono JE, Quick K, Camacho Londono J, Philipp SE, Birnbaumer L, Freichel M, Poole AW (2013). Transient receptor potential channels function as a coincidence signal detector mediated phosphatidylserine exposure. Science Signalling, 6, ra50.


If you are interested in our research, please contact . Prospective PhD students should consult the University's Postgraduate Admissions site, and in particular the postgraduate funding section. Post-doctoral research opportunities will be advertised by the Department and on the University Jobs page. Regretfully, the Harper lab is unable to provide any undergraduate summer placements in 2024.


Former lab members

Dr Roxanna Hajbabaie

Dr Jessica Berry

Dr Nima Abbasian (now Senior Scientist, Domainex)

Dr Bonita Apta (now Associate Principal Scientist, Lonza Biologics)

Dr Jessica Davies (now Cambridge Graduate Medicine)

Dr Roxanna Hajbabaie

Dr Ivelin Ivanov (now Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge)

Mr Luc Francis (now King's College London)

Dr Dora Lopresto (now Director of Corporate Strategy and M&A, Grunenthal)

Dr Sarah Millington-Burgess (now Senior Teaching Associate, Department of Pharmacology)

Dr Rebecca Riddle (now Mestag Therapeutics)

Dr Alice Sowton (now MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge)

Dr Hao Wei (now Associate Editor, Wiley)


Undergraduate members

Grace Atkinson - Lottie Arnold - Jasmine Bawa - James Brice - Shirom Chabra - Lana Huang - Rebecca Gilchirst - Evonne Gaw - Celine Goh - Zhiyuan Lin - Wenxin Ma - Keiran Smith - Georgia Tooth