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Professor Marcus Rattray

Professor of Pharmacology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234675


Joined the University of Bradford as Professor of Pharmacology and Head of the School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences (Jan 2013-July 2019).  He is currently University academic lead for the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research. Previously Reader in Pharmacology at the University of Reading (2008-2013), Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry King's College London (1998-2007), Lecturer in Biochemistry United Medical & Dental Schools of Guys & St Thomas' Hospitals (1989-1997) and Gene Neuroscience Fellow at NIDA/NIH, Baltimore (1988-1989).  Marcus is a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and a Scientist member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


I have a background in neuroscience and molecular pharmacology, with the majority of my published research being in the area of neurotransmission, neurotransmitter transporters, drugs of abuse and neurodegeneration (Alzheimer's, Motor Neurone Disease).

My current work is in the area of Applied Health Research.  I work within the Medicines Optimisation Research Group at the University of Bradford.  Current projects include studying the implementation and utility of pharmacogenomics tools for patient benefit to reduce hospital admissions in the elderly.  I am also involved in research on community-based activity (health champions) who can help improve knowledge of symptoms and health systems to support people to have better health and access health services. 

My current work links to the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, a collaboration between Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University of Bradford and University of Leeds, and I am the University of Bradford academic lead for this major project.


Teaching interests





Evidence-based medicine

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-84: University of Leeds - BSc
  • 01-JAN-87: University of London - PhD
  • 01-APR-17: University of Bradford - Head, School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences
  • 01-JAN-13: University of Bradford - Head, School of Pharmacy
  • 01-FEB-13: University of Reading - Visiting Senior Research Fellow
  • 01-JAN-08: King’s College London - Visiting Senior Research Fellow
  • 01-JAN-08: University of Reading - Reader in Pharmacology, Reading School of Pharmacy
  • 01-OCT-11: University of Reading - Director of Research
  • 01-SEP-09: University of Reading - Director of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • 01-MAR-08: University of Reading - Director of Therapeutics
  • 01-OCT-06: Winston Churchill Memorial - Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow
  • 01-AUG-98: King’s College London - Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry
  • 01-OCT-97: University of London - Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry
  • 01-OCT-89: University of London - Lecturer in Biochemistry
  • 01-FEB-88: NIH, Addiction Research Center, Baltimore, USA - Visiting Fellow
  • 01-JAN-17: - FBPhS
  • @BfdCafe twitter & facebook Monthly events bringing a scientist to a venue near you.
  • Presenter Research Matters Radio Programme on BCB. Programme every 4 weeks highlighting research and research events in Bradford & Relevant to Bradford. BCB106.6FM
  • Trustee: Trustee, European Society for Neurochemistry


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleEndoplasmic reticulum stress signalling induces casein kinase 1-dependent formation of cytosolic TDP-43 Inclusions in motor neuron-like cells (2019)
AuthorsHicks, D.A.; Cross, Laura L.; Williamson, Ritchie; Rattray, Marcus
JournalNeurochemical Research
TitleRiluzole-Triazole Hybrids as Novel Chemical Probes for Neuroprotection in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (2018)
AuthorsSweeney J.;Rattray M.;Pugh V.;Powell L.
JournalACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
TitleSonic hedgehog signalling mediates astrocyte crosstalk with neurons to confer neuroprotection (2017)
AuthorsUgbode C.;Smith I.;Whalley B.;Hirst W.;Rattray M.
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleAstrocytic Transporters in Alzheimer’s disease (2017)
AuthorsUgbode, Christopher I.; Yuhan, H.; Whalley, B.J.; Peers, C.; Rattray, Marcus; Dallas, M.
JournalBiochemical Journal
TitleAstrocytes Grown in Alvetex®Three Dimensional Scaffolds Retain a Non-reactive Phenotype (2016)
AuthorsUgbode C.;Hirst W.;Rattray M.
JournalNeurochemical Research
TitleNeuronal-glial populations form functional networks in a biocompatible 3D scaffold. (2015)
AuthorsSmith, I.; Haag, M.; Ugbode, Christopher I.; Tams, D.; Rattray, Marcus; Przyborski, S.; Bithell, A.; Whalley, B.J.
TitleImmunoablation of cells expressing the NG2 chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan (2014)
AuthorsLeoni, G.; Rattray, Marcus; Fulton, D.; Rivera, A.; Butt, A.M.
JournalJournal of Anatomy
TitleNeuronal influences are necessary to produce mitochondrial co-localization with glutamate transporters in astrocytes. (2014)
AuthorsUgbode, Christopher I.; Hirst, W.D.; Rattray, Marcus
TitleSUMO-1 conjugation blocks beta-amyloid-induced astrocyte reactivity. (2013)
AuthorsHoppe, J.B.; Rattray, Marcus; Tu, H.; Salbego, C.G.; Cimarosti, H.
TitleDietary Levels of Pure Flavonoids Improve Spatial Memory Performance and Increase Hippocampal Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (2013)
AuthorsRendeiro, C.; Vauzour, D.; Rattray, Marcus; Waffo-Téguo, P.; Mérillon, J.M.; Butler, L.T.; Williams, C.M.; Spencer, J.P.E.
TitleRegulation of NF-κB activity in astrocytes: effects of flavonoids at dietary-relevant concentrations. (2012)
AuthorsSpilsbury, A.; Vauzour, D.; Spencer, J.P.E.; Rattray, Marcus
TitleNew insights on regulation of LMTK2, a membrane kinase integrating pathways central to neurodegeneration. (2012)
AuthorsRattray, Marcus
TitleRiluzole neuroprotection in a parkinson’s disease model involves suppression of reactive astrocytosis but not GLT-1 regulation. (2012)
AuthorsCarbone, M.; Duty, S.; Rattray, Marcus
TitleNeuroprotective effects of phenolic antioxidant tBHQ associate with inhibition of FoxO3a nuclear translocation and activity. (2012)
AuthorsBahia, P.K.; Pugh, V.; Hoyland, K.; Rattray, Marcus; Williams, R.J.
TitleBlueberry supplementation induces spatial memory improvements and region-specific regulation of hippocampal BDNF mRNA expression in young rats. (2012)
AuthorsRendeiro C;Vauzour D;Kean RJ;Butler LT;Rattray M;Spencer JP;Williams CM;
TitleRiluzole elevates GLT-1 activity and levels in striatal astrocytes (2012)
AuthorsCarbone, M.; Duty, S.; Rattray, Marcus
TitleTumour necrosis factor alpha induces rapid reduction in AMPA receptor-mediated calcium entry in motor neurones by increasing cell surface expression of the GluR2 subunit: relevance to neurodegeneration (2010)
AuthorsRainey-Smith, S.R.; Andersson, D.A.; Williams, R.J.; Rattray, Marcus
TitleThe four major N- and C-terminal splice variants of the excitatory amino acid transporter GLT-1 form cell surface homomeric and heteromeric assemblies (2009)
AuthorsPeacey, E.; Miller, C.C.; Dunlop, J.; Rattray, Marcus
TitleNeuroprotective effects of hesperetin in mouse primary neurones are independent of CREB activation. (2008)
AuthorsRainey-Smith S;Schroetke LW;Bahia P;Fahmi A;Skilton R;Spencer JP;Rice-Evans C;Rattray M;Williams RJ;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleDietary flavonoid (-)epicatechin stimulates phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-dependent anti-oxidant response element activity and up-regulates glutathione in cortical astrocytes (2008)
AuthorsBahia, P.K.; Rattray, Marcus; Williams, R.J.
Title(-)Epicatechin stimulates ERK-dependent cyclic AMP response element activity and up-regulates GluR2 in cortical neurons. (2007)
AuthorsSchroeter H;Bahia P;Spencer JP;Sheppard O;Rattray M;Cadenas E;Rice-Evans C;Williams RJ;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleChronic hypoxia in the human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y causes reduced expression of the putative alpha-secretases, ADAM10 and TACE, without altering their mRNA levels. (2006)
AuthorsMarshall AJ;Rattray M;Vaughan PF;
JournalJournal of Brain Research
TitleSerotonin transporter expression is not sufficient to confer cytotoxicity to 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in vitro. (2006)
AuthorsHayat S;Williams RJ;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Psychopharmacology
TitleDoes excitotoxic cell death of motor neurons in ALS arise from glutamate transporter and glutamate receptor abnormalities? (2006)
AuthorsRattray M;Bendotti C;
JournalExperimental Neurology
TitleInduction of aquaporin 1 but not aquaporin 4 messenger RNA in rat primary brain microvessel endothelial cells in culture. (2005)
AuthorsDolman D;Drndarski S;Abbott NJ;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleTechnology evaluation: colostrinin, ReGen. (2005)
AuthorsRattray M;
JournalCurrent Opinion in Molecular Therapeutics
TitleExpression of SOD1 G93A or wild-type SOD1 in primary cultures of astrocytes down-regulates the glutamate transporter GLT-1: lack of involvement of oxidative stress. (2004)
AuthorsTortarolo M;Crossthwaite AJ;Conforti L;Spencer JP;Williams RJ;Bendotti C;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleSoya phytoestrogens change cortical and hippocampal expression of BDNF mRNA in male rats. (2003)
AuthorsFile SE;Hartley DE;Alom N;Rattray M;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleThe 'glial' glutamate transporter, EAAT2 (Glt-1) accounts for high affinity glutamate uptake into adult rodent nerve endings. (2003)
AuthorsSuchak SK;Baloyianni NV;Perkinton MS;Williams RJ;Meldrum BS;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleExpression of amyloid precursor protein, tau and presenilin RNAs in rat hippocampus following deafferentation lesions. (2001)
AuthorsRamirez MJ;Heslop KE;Francis PT;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Brain Research
TitleNicotine regulates 5-HT(1A) receptor gene expression in the cerebral cortex and dorsal hippocampus. (2001)
AuthorsKenny PJ;File SE;Rattray M;
JournalEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
TitleTransgenic SOD1 G93A mice develop reduced GLT-1 in spinal cord without alterations in cerebrospinal fluid glutamate levels. (2001)
AuthorsBendotti C;Tortarolo M;Suchak SK;Calvaresi N;Carvelli L;Bastone A;Rizzi M;Rattray M;Mennini T;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleIs there nicotinic modulation of nerve growth factor? Implications for cholinergic therapies in Alzheimer's disease. (2001)
AuthorsRattray M;
JournalBiological Psychiatry
TitleElevated levels of group-III metabotropic glutamate receptors in the inferior colliculus of genetically epilepsy-prone rats following intracollicular administration of L-serine-O-phosphate. (2001)
AuthorsYip PK;Meldrum BS;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleAcute nicotine decreases, and chronic nicotine increases the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor mRNA in rat hippocampus. (2000)
AuthorsKenny PJ;File SE;Rattray M;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleHippocampal neurotrophin and trk receptor mRNA levels are altered by local administration of nicotine, carbachol and pilocarpine. (1999)
AuthorsFrench SJ;Humby T;Horner CH;Sofroniew MV;Rattray M;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleIntraregional variation in expression of serotonin transporter messenger RNA by 5-hydroxytryptamine neurons. (1999)
AuthorsRattray M;Michael GJ;Lee J;Wotherspoon G;Bendotti C;Priestley JV;
TitleSerotonin transporters in adult rat brain astrocytes revealed by [3H]5-HT uptake into glial plasmalemmal vesicles. (1998)
AuthorsHirst WD;Price GW;Rattray M;Wilkin GP;
JournalNeurochemistry International
TitleVariation in the expression of the mRNA for protein kinase C isoforms in the rat suprachiasmatic nuclei, caudate putamen and cerebral cortex. (1998)
AuthorsCagampang FR;Rattray M;Campbell IC;Powell JF;Coen CW;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleEffects of hypophysectomy and growth hormone administration on the mRNA levels of collagen I, III and insulin-like growth factor-I in rat skeletal muscle. (1998)
AuthorsWilson VJ;Rattray M;Thomas CR;Moreland BH;Schulster D;
JournalGrowth Hormone and IGF Research
TitleGenes encoding multiple forms of phospholipase A2 are expressed in rat brain. (1998)
AuthorsMolloy GY;Rattray M;Williams RJ;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleCultured astrocytes express messenger RNA for multiple serotonin receptor subtypes, without functional coupling of 5-HT1 receptor subtypes to adenylyl cyclase. (1998)
AuthorsHirst WD;Cheung NY;Rattray M;Price GW;Wilkin GP;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleRapid increase of NGF, BDNF and NT-3 mRNAs in inflamed bladder. (1998)
AuthorsOddiah D;Anand P;McMahon SB;Rattray M;
TitleReduction of GABA and glutamate transporter messenger RNAs in the severe-seizure genetically epilepsy-prone rat. (1998)
AuthorsAkbar MT;Rattray M;Williams RJ;Chong NW;Meldrum BS;
TitleSelective up-regulation of protein kinase C epsilon in granule cells after kainic acid-induced seizures in rat. (1997)
AuthorsGuglielmetti F;Rattray M;Baldessari S;Butelli E;Samanin R;Bendotti C;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleTrkA immunoreactive neurones in the rat spinal cord. (1997)
AuthorsMichael GJ;Kaya E;Averill S;Rattray M;Clary DO;Priestley JV;
JournalJournal of Comparative Neurology
TitleExpression of GABA transporter mRNAs in the developing and adult rat optic nerve. (1997)
AuthorsHowd AG;Rattray M;Butt AM;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleNerve growth factor treatment increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor selectively in TrkA-expressing dorsal root ganglion cells and in their central terminations within the spinal cord. (1997)
AuthorsMichael GJ;Averill S;Nitkunan A;Rattray M;Bennett DL;Yan Q;Priestley JV;
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
TitleIdentification of 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors positively coupled to adenylyl cyclase in rat cultured astrocytes. (1997)
AuthorsHirst WD;Price GW;Rattray M;Wilkin GP;
JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
TitleCircadian changes of glutamate decarboxylase 65 and 67 mRNA in the rat suprachiasmatic nuclei. (1996)
AuthorsCagampang FR;Rattray M;Powell JF;Campbell IC;Coen CW;
Titlep-Chlorphenylalanine changes serotonin transporter mRNA levels and expression of the gene product. (1996)
AuthorsRattray M;Baldessari S;Gobbi M;Mennini T;Samanin R;Bendotti C;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleAltered expression of group I metabotropic glutamate receptors in the hippocampus of amygdala-kindled rats. (1996)
AuthorsAkbar MT;Rattray M;Powell JF;Meldrum BS;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleCircadian variation of EAAC1 glutamate transporter messenger RNA in the rat suprachiasmatic nuclei. (1996)
AuthorsCagampang FR;Rattray M;Powell JF;Chong NW;Campbell IC;Coen CW;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleGrowth hormone increases IGF-I, collagen I and collagen III gene expression in dwarf rat skeletal muscle. (1995)
AuthorsWilson VJ;Rattray M;Thomas CR;Moreland BH;Schulster D;
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
TitleAnalysis of the neuronal promoter of the rat aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase gene. (1995)
AuthorsAguanno A;Lee MR;Marden CM;Rattray M;Gault A;Albert VR;
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
TitleRepeated administration of MDMA down-regulates preprocholecystokinin mRNA expression but not tyrosine hydroxylase mRNA expression in neurones of the rat substantia nigra. (1994)
AuthorsWotherspoon G;Savery D;Priestley JV;Rattray M;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleSerotonin and NADPH-diaphorase in the dorsal raphe nucleus of the adult rat. (1994)
AuthorsWotherspoon G;Albert M;Rattray M;Priestley JV;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleDown-regulation of protein kinase C isoform gene expression in degenerating thalamic neurones--lack of induction in reactive glial cells. (1994)
AuthorsWilson VJ;Oddiah D;Sofroniew MV;Panni MK;Rattray M;
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
TitleDistribution of messenger RNAs encoding enkephalin, substance P, somatostatin, galanin, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, neuropeptide Y, and calcitonin gene-related peptide in the midbrain periaqueductal grey in the rat. (1994)
AuthorsSmith GS;Savery D;Marden C;López Costa JJ;Averill S;Priestley JV;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Comparative Neurology
TitleChronic D-fenfluramine decreases serotonin transporter messenger RNA expression in dorsal raphe nucleus. (1994)
AuthorsRattray M;Wotherspoon G;Savery D;Baldessari S;Marden C;Priestley JV;Bendotti C;
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
TitleChanges in CCK mRNA in hippocampal neurones following fimbria fornix transection. (1994)
AuthorsPanni MK;Wilson VJ;Capoor U;Sofroniew MV;Rattray M;
TitleA combined in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence procedure allowing visualisation of peptide mRNA and serotonin in single sections. (1993)
AuthorsPriestley JV;Wotherspoon G;Savery D;Averill S;Rattray M;
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
TitleBenzodiazepines increase preprocholecystokinin messenger RNA levels in rat brain. (1993)
AuthorsRattray M;Singhvi S;Wu PY;Andrews N;File SE;
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
TitleDifferential expression of GABA transporter-1 messenger RNA in subpopulations of GABA neurones. (1993)
AuthorsRattray M;Priestley JV;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleAmplification of members of the neurotransmitter transporter superfamily using PCR. (1992)
AuthorsJomary C;Jones SE;Rattray M;
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
TitleRegulation of glutamate decarboxylase and enkephalin mRNA levels in rat striatum by chronic benzodiazepine treatment. (1992)
AuthorsRattray M;Singhvi S;Andrews N;File SE;Wu PY;
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
TitleA preliminary analysis of the hybridization kinetics of an oligonucleotide to mRNA in tissue sections. (1992)
AuthorsSavery D;Priestley JV;Rattray M;
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
TitleTwo populations of cells that express preprocholecystokinin mRNA in ventral periaqueductal grey. (1992)
AuthorsRattray M;Savery D;Wotherspoon G;Priestley JV;Smith GS;
JournalNeuroscience Letters
TitleIntraperitoneal insulin is more potent than subcutaneous insulin at restoring hepatic insulin-like growth factor-I mRNA levels in the diabetic rat: a functional role for the portal vascular link. (1992)
AuthorsRussell-Jones DL;Rattray M;Wilson VJ;Jones RH;Sönksen PH;Thomas CR;
JournalJournal of Molecular Endocrinology
TitleEcstasy: towards an understanding of the biochemical basis of the actions of MDMA. (1991)
AuthorsRattray M;
JournalEssays in Biochemistry
TitleLigand autoradiographic receptor screening: receptor cDNA expression in replicas of transfected COS cells. (1990)
AuthorsRattray M;Lautar SL;Uhl GR;
JournalMolecular Brain Research
TitleCaerulein-induced antinociception: interaction with morphine and opioid antagonists in the rat. (1989)
AuthorsRattray M;Jordan CC;de Belleroche J;
TitleA new method of screening receptor cDNAs: influence of plasmid competition on receptor expression. (1989)
AuthorsRattray M;Lautar SL;Uhl GR;
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
TitleThe novel CCK antagonist L364,718 abolished caerulein- but potentiates morphine-induced antinociception. (1988)
AuthorsRattray M;Jordan CC;De Belleroche J;
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
TitleMorphine action on cholecystokinin octapeptide release from rat periaqueductal grey slices: sensitisation by naloxone. (1987)
AuthorsRattray M;de Belleroche J;
TitleThe metabolism of neuropeptides. Endopeptidase-24.11 in human synaptic membrane preparations hydrolyses substance P. (1985)
AuthorsMatsas R;Rattray M;Kenny AJ;Turner AJ;
JournalBiochemical Journal
TitleNeurodegenerative Diseases: Pathology, Mechanisms and Potential Therapeutic Targets (2017)
AuthorsBeart, P.; Robinson, M.; Rattray, Marcus; Maragakis, N.