Dr Dan Donnelly

Dr Dan Donnelly


I am a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Pharmacology and the Programme Leader for BSc/MBiol Pharmacology degree programmes. I studied BSc Biological Chemistry at Leicester and a PhD in computational molecular modelling of membrane proteins in the Dept Crystallography at Birkbeck College, University of London. I moved to Leeds in 1991 as a post doc in Dept. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, working on tachykinin receptors, before moving to the Dept. Pharmacology as a lecturer in 1995.


  • Programme Leader for BSc/MBiol Pharmacology

Research interests

The structure, function and molecular pharmacology of GPCRs. GPCRs are one of the most diverse and ubiquitous families of integral membrane proteins and they constitute a significant proportion of known drug targets. We mostly focus on understanding the family B GPCRs, especially the GLP-1 receptor and the parathyroid hormone receptors (PTH1 and PTH2). Using molecular modelling, combined with data from molecular biological & pharmacological approaches, we aim to elucidate the mechanism by which these receptors bind their ligands and transduce the signal across the plasma membrane.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BSc 1988, Leicester
  • PhD 1992, London
  • CLTHE 1996, Leeds

Professional memberships

  • British Pharmacological Society
  • Biochemical Society

Student education

Academic roles:
  • UG Programme Leader - Pharmacology programmes

  • Member of Faculty Taught Student Education Committee (Co-opted member)

  • Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee (Programme Manager: Pharmacology)

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>