Portrait of Professor Claire Peppiatt-Wildman

Professor Claire Peppiatt-Wildman

Head of School


I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Medical Biochemistry from Royal Holloway University of London in 1999 and a PhD in Cellular Physiology in 2002 from the University of Cambridge (Babraham Institute; supervised by Professor Sir Michael Berridge). Subsequently, I worked as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Professor David Attwell (FRS) at University College London (UCL), then the laboratories of Professor William Large at St George’s Medical School University of London. 

In 2007, I was awarded a significant Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award (5 years) to conduct independent research in the Department of Physiology, UCL and then at the Royal Veterinary College. Since joining the University of Kent in 2012, I have worked as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer before becoming a Professor of Human Physiology in 2018. I currently lead the Urinary System Physiology Unit, a research group originally founded in 2008 that is now internationally recognised for its significant contributions to the field.

In 2018 I become the Head of School for the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Kent. I am very excited to be working collectively and collaboratively with all members of the School to build on its strengths and successes. I very much look forward shaping and developing our future together. With this new challenge, exciting new research collaborations are also arising that will link sports and exercise research to my urinary system physiology interests.

Research interests

My research is considered a world-class in urinary system physiology and regulation of blood flow, collaborating internationally (e.g. in the USA, Europe, and Australia) with multiple research centres. I have contributed to 32 high-quality publications and reviews, highest IF 38.14 (Nature, on 2 occasions, 2x F1000 recommended) with >2527 citations and an h-index of 20. I regularly present at conferences worldwide upon invitation and have organised international conferences and research symposiums for numerous international meetings.  My work is creating impact and has altered clinical practice. My research on regulation of blood flow in organs and tissue and has lead me to collaborate on the regulation of blood flow in skeletal muscle and injured tissue. I work with clinicians at East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust on the side-effects of prophylactic agents used in the field of sports medicine.


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