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Department of Pharmacology


Professor Colin W. Taylor

Colin retired in September 2022 and is now Professor Emeritus in Cellular Pharmacology. You can see some photographs from his retirement symposium held in September 2022 at Queens’ College Cambridge here.

Colin read Natural Sciences at Gonville and Caius College, completed his PhD in insect physiology with Mike Berridge and postdoctoral work with Jim Putney in the USA. He returned to Cambridge as a St John's College research fellow and a Royal Society Locke Research Fellow. Soon afterwards, he was appointed to a lectureship in pharmacology and fellow of Downing College, and then to a Lister Institute Research Fellowship. He was appointed Professor in Cellular Pharmacology in 2001. Throughout this time, his lab was concerned with understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of Ca2+ signalling, with particular interest in IP3 receptors. During his 35 years in the Department of Pharmacology, Colin taught generations of undergraduate pharmacologists, supervised more than 100 research students, postdoctoral fellows and visitors, and published more than 270 papers. Colin also served on various editorial boards, and committees of funding agencies and societies, and chaired the board of Gordon Research Conferences. He is a member of Academia Europaea, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and was a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator.

Colin is no longer accepting enquiries for research positions.