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Dr Pedro Beltran-Alvarez


Pedro Beltran-Alvarez

Senior Lecturer in Health and Climate Change and Programme co-Director of the MSc Health and Climate Change

Biography After his integrated MSc Chemical Engineering (environmental specialism), Pedro did his PhD at the University of Bristol (2004-2007) funded by a Marie Curie grant from the EU. After a short stage in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL, Heidelberg, 2007-2009), he joined the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the University of Girona (2009), where he gained a Sara Borrell Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Spanish Government (2011-2014). Pedro then joined the University of Hull in 2015 as a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2022.

Some of the research that we do is in youtube:
Research Interests Research Mission: to investigate the relevance of protein post-translational modifications in the biological response to environmental changes, with a focus on human health.

Recent and current externally funded projects:
1. Role of arginine methylation of cardiac troponin I in cardiovascular disease, funded by The Hull and East Riding Cardiac Trust (HERCTF), £29,875. January-December 2019. Link to HERCTF:

2. Developing tissue-on-chip technology as a platform to measure the response of glioblastoma to established therapy and novel drugs (GBM-on-chip), funded by the Yorkshire Brain Tumour Charity (YBTC), £79,987.75, 2020-2023. Link to YBTC:

3. Measuring novel biomarkers of tumours, Yorkshire Brain Tumour Charity, £18,000, 2021-2023.

4. Investigating novel cardiovascular biomarkers in the hair of cardiac patients, Hull and East Riding Cardiac Trust Fund, £19,430, 2022-2023.

Internally funded projects:
the Happy Chemical Cluster!
Teaching and Learning Pedro is the Programme co-Director of the MSc Health and Climate Change, where he leads on several modules. The MSc Health and Climate Change is a course for current or future health leaders who realise that climate change is the greatest threat to human health of the 21st century (WHO). The University of Hull has an international reputation for research focused on the environment and on human health. The University is within the world's top 100 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings (2022) and 82% of our research is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).

We have been classified as a 1st Class University (24 our of 153) in the People and Planet 2022/23 University League, which ranks UK universities against sustainability and ethics criteria – our two key themes in Strategy 2030.

Pedro also coordinates Biomedical Science modules on Clinical Biochemistry (Level 6) and additionally teaches on a variety of modules including Biochemistry (L4), Biological Basis of Disease (L5), Muscle Fitness and Failure (L6), and Current Topics in Biomedicine (L7).

Pedro additionally contributes to teaching of UG and PG students in modules including Skills for Biomedical Scientists and supervises UG and PG students during their final research projects.
Scopus Author ID 15135183800