Dr Les Wood

Senior Lecturer in Physiology
Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
I graduated in Physiology from Glasgow University in 1981 and subsequently undertook a PhD in Physiology at Glasgow working with Bill Ferrell on pressure-volume relationships in joints and their effects on the discharge of articular mechanoreceptors. A post-doctoral position at Glasgow followed, working with Bill Ferrell and Ron Baxendale on the reflex effects of joint afferent stimulation on motor units and muscle contraction. In 1987 I took up an appointment as Lecturer in Physiology at Queen’s College, Glasgow becoming Senior Lecturer in 1991 and joined the Department of Biological & Biomedical Sciences as Senior Lecturer in Physiology when GCU was formed in 1992. I took over from Iain Wilkie as Head of Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in 2008 until 2011 when the Department of Life Sciences was formed. My teaching focuses on Human Physiology in general, and Neurophysiology in particular. My research interests are in neuromuscular control in health and disease. In my spare time I am a musician, a writer (novel published by Freight Books in 2016) and a staffy-rescuer.