Dr Steven Clapcote


I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Pharmacology in 2008.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Liverpool before undertaking postdoctoral appointments at the University of Oxford (Jesus College, 1998-2002), Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (2002-2007) and the University of Edinburgh (2007-2008).


  • Module manager for BMSC2223 (Neuropharmacology) & BMSC3398 (Practical Research Skills)

Research interests

My research group focuses on the identification, characterisation and validation of novel drug targets for the treatment of chronic CNS diseases. We identify disease-associated mutations in DNA samples from human patients, and then study their phenotypic effects and test novel treatments in animal models. The goal is to understand the molecular basis of these diseases, and thereby aid the development of improved therapies.

<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>


  • PhD, Liverpool
  • MSc, Edinburgh
  • BSc, Wales

Professional memberships

  • British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP)
  • British Neuroscience Association (BNA)

Student education

I am a member of the pharmacology teaching team, but teach medical sciences, human physiology, neuroscience and pharmacology undergraduates at all levels. I also give some lectures to medicine and dentistry undergraduates. My teaching covers the biomedical sciences in general as well as my research area of the biology and treatment of brain disorders.

Studentship information

See also:

Modules managed

BMSC2223 - Neuropharmacology
BMSC3398 - Practical Research Skills

Modules taught

BIOL5171M - Infectious & Non-infectious Diseases
BMSC1103 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills
BMSC1213 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2
BMSC2120 - Scientific Skills
BMSC2223 - Neuropharmacology
BMSC2223/BMSC3302 - Neuropharmacology/Medical Pharmacology
BMSC2230 - Topics in Pharmacology
BMSC2235 - Molecular Neuroscience
BMSC3101 - Inherited Disorders
BMSC3126/43/44/45/46 A - ATU - Integrative biomedical sciences
BMSC3140 - Advanced Scientific Skills
BMSC3143/44/45/46 B - ATU - Autism
BMSC3233/34/36 - Advanced Topics II
BMSC3301 - Research Project in Biomedical Sciences
BMSC3302 - Medical Pharmacology
BMSC3398 - Practical Research Skills
DSUR1130 - Anxiety and Pain Management
MEDI2201 - Control and Movement
MEDM5131M - Animal Models of Disease


Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee

Current postgraduate researchers

<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>