School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


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Professor Darek Gorecki

  • Qualifications: PhD, MD
  • Role Title: Director of Research
  • Address: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 9284
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  • Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I was born in Warsaw, Poland where I read medicine and obtained my PhD. My key research interest is pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I started research in this area as a post-doctoral fellow in the Molecular Neurobiology Unit, University of Cambridge under Professor Eric A Barnard, FRS. I continued it at the Royal Free & University College Medical School in London working as a research fellow and later obtained a personal Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship. Since moving to my present laboratory in Portsmouth I have worked as a Senior Lecturer, Reader and, since 2007, Professor of Molecular Medicine. I am the Director of Research in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. In 2011 I won Distinguished Fulbright Scholarship to work at Harvard Medical School, USA researching the role of specific ATP receptors in muscular dystrophy.

For more information about my research please visit my lab page

Teaching Responsibilities


Level M: Molecular basis of diseases, application of molecular biology methods, gene therapy and gene medicines, project supervision.

Postgraduate Level: Scientific research methods for MPhil and PhD students.

Academic roles:

Head: Molecular Medicine Group

Chair - Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee

Member - School Executive Committee

Member - Faculty Research Ethical Review Committee

Member – Academic Council


Key research interests:

Pathogenesis and treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, role of the dystrophin complex in the brain, purinoceptors, gene therapy using non-viral vectors.


Research profile

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