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Title: Dr
First Name: Stuart
Surname: Cruickshank
Position: Academic Team Leader
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262535

Roles and responsibilities

  • Academic Team Leader
  • Lecturer in Pharmacology at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • Module coordinator

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Key research interests

Dr Cruickshank's research interests include how changes in oxygen tension affect vascular function in the pulmonary circulation, particularly oxygen sensitivity in myocytes, and how blood vessel environments are likely to impacted by vascular function. His research skills include whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, Epifluorescent microscopy, Small vessel wire myography. Specific interests include:

  • Vascular smooth muscle physiology
  • Pulmonary vein physiology
  • [Ca2+]i regulation
  • Ion channel function


Dr Cruickshank is an Academic Team Leader and Lecturer in Pharmacology. He also is module coordinator for Integrated Physiology and Principles of Pharmacology. He contributes to various modules, including Advanced Sciences in Professional Practice, Pharmaceutical Biology, Integrated Physiology and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 1. 

Key publications

  1. Sunil Jit RJ Logantha, Stuart F Cruickshank, Edward G Rowan, Robert M Drummond (2010) Spontaneous and electrically evoked Ca2+ transients in cardiomyocytes of the rat pulmonary vein, Cell Calcium, doi:10.1016/j.ceca.2010.08.002
  2. Yildiz I, Deniz E, McCaughan B, Cruickshank SF, Callan JF, Raymo FM. (2010) Hydrophilic CdSe-ZnS core-shell quantum dots with Reactive Functional Groups on Their Surface. Langmuir 26(13):11503-11
  3. Yildiz I, McCaughan B, Cruickshank SF, Callan JF, Raymo FM. (2009) Biocompatible CdSe-ZnS core-shell quantum dots coated with hydrophilic polythiols. Langmuir 16;25 (12):7090-6
  4. Fraser PJ, Cruickshank SF, Shelmerdine RL, Smith LE, (2008). Hydrostatic Pressure Receptors and Depth Usage in Crustacea and Fish. J Navigation 55, 2: 159 - 165
  5. Cruickshank SF, Baxter LM and Drummond RM (2003).The Cl- channel blocker niflumic acid releases Ca2+ from an intracellular store in rat pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. Br J Pharmacology 140: 1442-1450


  1. Dospinescu C and Cruickshank SF (2006) Different role for [Cl-]o in hypoxia induced contractions of small intrapulmonary arteries and veins. J Mol Cell Cardiol, 40(6): 1015
  2. Cruickshank, SF; Drummond, RM (2005) The role of the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger in [Ca2+]i signalling in phenotypically distinct myocytes from the rat pulmonary vein ;    J Physiol 568P PC52
  3. Dospinescu, C, Yamawaki, N, McCaig, D, Wainwright, CL, Cruickshank, SF (2005);    Low chloride potentiation of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction J Physiol 568P PC44.
  4. Cruickshank S.F. and Drummond R.M. (2003). The effects of hypoxia on [Ca2+]i signalling in phenotypically distinct myocytes from the rat pulmonary vein. J. Physiol. 548P P68
  5. Cruickshank S.F. and Drummond R.M. (2002). The effect of Cl- channel blockers on [Ca2+]i signalling in rat pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. Br. J. Pharmacology 137 P43
  6. Cruickshank, S.F., Drummond R.M. and Furman B.L. (2002). Inhibition of islet phosphodiesterase PDE3 increases the calcium response to glucose. Br. J. Pharmacology. 135 228P