School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


Dr Anthony Lewis

  • Qualifications: PhD, BSc Hons Physiology
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2664
  • Email:
  • Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Anthony was awarded a First Class BSc Honours degree in Physiology at the University of Leeds (1995-1998), where he stayed to conduct his doctoral thesis in the laboratory of Prof Paul Kemp (1998-2002). Here he used a combination of molecular biology and electrophysiology to identify and characterise oxygen-sensitive potassium channels. After defending his thesis, Anthony moved to the Division of Cardiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York to work as a Postdoctoral Associate in Medicine with Prof Geoff Abbott (2002-2004) on the novel interactions of voltage-gated potassium channels with ancillary subunits of the KCNE gene family and their physiological roles in excitable tissues. In 2005, Anthony broadened his research into ion channel physiology, taking up a post in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago working with Prof Steve Goldstein (2005-2009) to identify and characterise novel potassium channels from human pathogenic micro-organisms.

Anthony joined the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth as Lecturer in 2009 and is now Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Admissions Tutor for the Pharmacology undergraduate course.

Anthony leads the Ion Channel Research Group, whose primary research interests include the identification, biophysical characterisation and physiology of fungal and mammalian potassium channels in health and disease.

For more information about my research please visit my lab page

Teaching Responsibilities


  • Level 4:     
    • Cells to Systems (Unit Co-ordinator)
    • Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
    • Key Skills
  • Level 5:
    • Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
    • Respiratory, Renal and Cardiovascular Pharmacology
    • Medicines, Patients and Public Health
  • Level 6:
    • Cellular and Molecular Drug Targets
    • Project
  • Level 7:
    • MSc Biomedicine – Molecular Medicine

 Academic Roles:

  • Admissions Tutor for Pharmacology
  • Unit Co-ordinator for Level 4 Cells to Systems Unit
  • Personal Tutor
  • Physiological Society Rep for University of Portsmouth
  • Member of the Research and Knowledge Transfer (RKT) Committee
  • Member of the Genetic Modification (GMAG) Committee
  • Chair of the Staff-Student Consultative Committee (SSCC)
  • Student Voice Champion (School of Pharmacy) 


  • Ion Channel Research Group
  • Mammalian potassium channel structure-function relationships in health and disease 
  • Biophysics and physiology of fungal potassium channels

Techniques used in the lab include electrophysiology (two-electrode voltage clamp and patch clamp), molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, biochemistry and immunocytochemistry.


Research profile

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