Professor Steve Safrany

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Area of expertise

Inositol phosphate effects and metabolism; receptor pharmacology; anti-cancer drugs; Nudix hydrolase enzymes; phytases; cellular signalling; sigma-1 receptors; sigma-2 receptors; aspirin analogues; effects of 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ala) on cancer cell lines; animal models of diabetes.


  • PhD Biochemical Pharmacology, Leicester University Medical School, 1993.
  • BSc(Hons)DIS Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Loughborough University of Technology, 1988.

Research highlights

  • 10/99 – 09/07 Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Personal grants of over £1 million; over 50 full peer-reviewed papers; H-index of 27; 2250+ citations
  • Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society (FBPhS)
  • Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester, UK

Professional affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Biochemical Society
  • British Pharmacological Society

Current areas of activity

  • Year 1, Year 2, medical curriculum teaching
  • BSc(Hons) nursing
  • SSP supervisor
  • Academic Lead, Learning Community
  • Co-supervisor, Dilmun Scholar
  • Supervisor, undergraduate research projects
  • Applicant interviews
  • Member, RCSI Research Committee
  • Member, NHRA Clinical Trials Committee