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Dr Robert Wilkins

MA DPhil Oxf


Dr Robert Wilkins graduated in Physiological Sciences from University College, Oxford in 1990. He subsequently undertook graduate research under the supervision of Professor Clive Ellory and Dr Andrew Hall in the Laboratory of Physiology, studying the cellular physiology of cartilage. After successfully completing his DPhil, he was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church. Two fixed-term Fellowships at Trinity and Wadham followed, associated with a Research Fellowship from the Arthritis Research Campaign. In January 2004 he was appointed to a University Lectureship in Epithelial Physiology. He is the Director of the Biomedical Sciences Course in the Medical Sciences Division and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences 2e (OUP).

Gibson, J.S., Milner, P.I., White, R., Fairfax, T.P. & Wilkins, R.J. (2008) Oxygen and reactive oxygen species in articular cartilage: modulators of ionic homeostasis. Eu.J.Physiol. 455:563-573

Tattersall, A.L. & Wilkins, R.J. (2008) Effects of hexosamines and omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids on pH regulation by interleukin 1-treated isolated bovine articular  chondrocytes. Eu.J.Physiol. 456:501-506

Tattersall, A.L. & Wilkins, R.J. (2008) Modulation of Na+-H+ exchange isofroms NHE1 and NHE3 by insulin-like growth factor-1 in isolated bovine articular chondrocytes. J.Orthop.Res. 26:1428-1433

Gibson, J.S., Fairfax, T.P.A., McCartney, D., Milner, P.I. & Wilkins, R.J. (2009) Rapid effects of hypoxia on H+ homeostasis in articular chondrocytes. Eu.J.Physiol. 458:1085-1092

Chen, Y.-F., Chou, C.-Y., Wilkins, R.J., Ellory, J.C., Mount, D. & Shen, M.-R. (2009) Motor protein-dependent membrane trafficking of KC1 cotransporter-4 is important for cancer cell invasion. Cancer Res. 69:8585-859

Wei, W.-C., Akerman, C.J.,NEWEY, S.E., PAN, J.Clinch, N.W, Shen, M.-R., Wilkins, R.J.&Ellory, J.C. (2011) The potassium chloride cotransporter 2 (KCC2) promotes cervical cancer cell migration and invasion by an ion transport-independent mechanism. J.Physiol. 589:5349-5359

Milner, P.I., Smith, H.C., Newey, S.E., Pan, J., Clinch, N.W., Wilkins, R.J. & Gibson, J.S. (2013) Growth factor regulation of intracellular pH homeostasis under hypoxic conditions in isolated equine articular chondrocytes. J.Orthop.Res. 31:197-203


  • Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences


  • Biomedical Sciences