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Academic Biography

After his Forensic Anthropology degree, Dr Andrew English completed an MRes at University of Liverpool, where he identified mechanisms behind incretin response in adipose tissue.

He was awarded a PhD in 2018 from the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (CTRIC), Ulster University (UU), for research which identified multi-omic biomarkers of glycaemic control, comorbidity and response to GLP-1 therapy in Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) patients.

During his first post-doctoral position funded by the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes, Dr English investigated how single and dual activation of hybrid diabetes peptide hormones affected toxicity, proteomic, genomic and metabolic effects in cell and animal models, at the SAAD Centre for Pharmacy and Diabetes, UU.

Since 2019, Dr English focused his research efforts on the discovery and validation of protein biomarkers which could improve the management of acute and chronic kidney disease patients.

During this time at CTRIC, UU, he spearheaded the generation of a cross border renal biobank, human sample processing and plasma analysis and discovered clinically useful biomarker candidates. He also led the lab team on three UU Covid-19 research projects, identifying Covid-19 Northern Ireland (NI) infection rates and geographical locations of concern. Genomic biomarkers of severity (WGS) and the long-term effect of Covid-19 infection on the immune system.  


Research Interests

Dr English is particularly interested in the pharmacological characterisation of current and novel antidiabetic drugs and the development of new pharmacological targets and prognostic tools to improve the clinical management of T2D patients.  

He has expertise in ‘personalised medicine’ and the use of multiplex proteomic and genomic technologies using cell, animal and human models.  Dr English’s approach is to utilise multi-omic datasets obtained from blood or saliva based assays and incorporate into clinical data to identify biomarkers that will aid clinical decision making.   



Coure Leader - BSc Health Sciences 

Link tutor - BSc Health Sciences - Managment Development Institute Singapore (MDIS)

Module leader - Human metbolism and Clinical Biochemisty (SCI2009-N-BF1)

Module leader - Experiemtnal Methods for Life Sciences (SCI0003-N-GJ1) 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP), Ulster University

1 Sept 201910 Jul 2021

Award Date: 10 Jul 2021

PhD, Biomarkers associated with glycaemic control, comorbidity and response to GLP-1 therapy

1 Sept 201410 Jul 2018

Award Date: 10 Jul 2018

Master, GIP and GLP-1 effect on lipid and glucose metabolism in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

1 Sept 201214 Oct 2013

Award Date: 14 Oct 2013

Bachelor, BSc (Hons) in Forensic Anthropology

1 Sept 200714 Jul 2011

Award Date: 14 Jul 2011

External positions

Associate , Ulster University

15 Apr 2022 → …

Reviewer, Genomics Journal

1 Jun 2020 → …

Reviewer, Clinical Medicine Insights Journal

1 Jun 2019 → …


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