Professor Gordon McEwan

Professor Gordon McEwan
BSc (Hons) Physiology (University of Glasgow, 1984); PhD Physiology (University of Glasgow, 1988)

Personal Chair

Overview
Professor Gordon McEwan
Professor Gordon McEwan

Contact Details

Telephone
work +44 (0)1224 437403
Fax
fax +44 (0)1224 437506
Email
Address
The University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Office 6:29
Institute of Medical Sciences Building
University of Aberdeen
Foresterhill
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD
Scotland, U.K.
Web Links

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/profiles/g.t.a.mcewan/

https://abdn.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/gordon-thomas-alexander-mcewan


School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition

Physiological Society

Recognising Teachers in the Life Sciences

Biography

Gordon McEwan graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from the University of Glasgow in 1984. He stayed in Glasgow to study for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Michael Lucas, investigating the influence of bacterial enterotoxins on intestinal weak electrolyte absorption. During his PhD studies, he also spent time working with Prof Hannelore Daniel in the Institute for Nutrition at the University of Giessen in Germany. After graduating in 1988, he took up a postdoctoral position at the CMC Hospital, Vellore, South India where he studied human intestinal mucosal pH in situ during diarrhoeal disease. Following this, in 1989 he took up a further postdoctoral position with Prof Eric Skadhauge in the Royal Veterinary & Agricultural University (KVL) in Copenhagen investigating the influence of bacterial enterotoxins in the pig intestine. In 1990, he commenced a third postdoctoral position in the Gastrointestinal Drug Delivery Research Centre, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (working with Prof Nick Simmons and Prof Barry Hirst) where he studied regulation of paracellular transport in GI epithelia, regulation of epithelial chloride transport and the mechanisms of intestinal peptide and amino acid transport. He was appointed as lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen in 1993, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002 and to Personal Chair in 2014. He was Director of Teaching in the School of Medical Sciences between 2003 and 2015. He is currently the Lead for Undergraduate Medical Science Programmes and Deputy Director of the Institute of Education for Medical & Dental Sciences (IEMDS) within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition. 

Research

Research Interests

Prof McEwan's research interests focus on the broad theme of proton-coupled nutrient transport in mammalian small intestine. This has involved the use of electrophysiological and microspectrofluorometric techniques to investigate transepithelial transport mechanisms for divalent metals (iron, zinc, copper, lead), di/tri peptides and amino acids across polarised cultured human intestinal epithelia. These techniques are highly sensitive and have proved useful in characterising these fundamental nutrient transport processes. They have also proved invaluable in permitting study of regulation by intracellular second messengers and protein kinases. Further information, regarding control of transport, has come from investigation of pathophysiological regulation by bacterial enterotoxins. Finally, longer term interest has been with the proton source for these transport systems, an area of maintained low pH at the mucosal surface of mammalian small intestine, termed the acid microclimate.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

 

Prof McEwan is Deputy Director of IEMDS and Lead for Medical Science Degree Programmes

He is also:

  • Chair Medical Sciences Teaching Executive Committee
  • Chair Medical Sciences Exam Board
  • Degree Programme Co-ordinator BSc Biomedical Sciences
  • Degree Programme Co-ordinator BSc Physiology
  • Degree Programme Co-ordinator BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • Course Co-ordinator SM1001 (Introduction to Medical Sciences)
  • Course Co-ordinator BI20B2 (Physiology of Human Cells)
  • Course Co-ordinator PY3803 (Epithelial Physiology)

He teaches on the following courses:

  • SM1001 (Introduction to Medical Sciences)
  • BI20B2 (Physiology of Human Cells)
  • BI25B2 (Physiology of Human Organ Systems)
  • SM2001 (Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences)
  • SM2501 (Research Skills for Medical Sciences)
  • SM3002 (Frontiers of Biomedical Sciences)
  • PY3803 (Epithelial Physiology)
  • BM4004 (Advanced Molecules, Membranes and Cells)
  • MBChB Year 2 (Alimentary System)
  • BDS Years 1 & 2 (Alimentary System)
Further Info

External Responsibilities

External Examiner:

  • BSc Physiological Sciences, Newcastle University (2009-2013)
  • BM5 Medicine Programme, University of Southampton (2009-2013)
  • BSc Human Health and Disease, Trinity College Dublin (2012-2016)
  • BSc Human Biology, University of Glasgow (2015 - 2018)

 

  • Physiological Society, Institutional Representative for Aberdeen University

Admin Responsibilities

  • Deputy Director IEMDS
  • Lead Medical Sciences Degree Programmes
  • Medical Sciences Teaching Executive Committee (Chair)
  • Medical Sciences Examination Board (Chair)
  • Medical sciences Staff Student Liaison Committee (Chair)
  • SMMSN Executive Committee
  • University Undergraduate Committee
  • MBChB Year 2 Executive Committee
  • Foresterhill Teaching Facilities Committee
  • University Open Day Committee
  • SMMSN Bursary & Endowments Committee

 

 

Publications

Publications 

update | about Staff Pages