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Dr James Clark has a degree in Applied Biology from the University of Bath and a PhD in Surgery from University College London. Working on the processes involved in ischaemic and pharmacological preconditioning during his PhD and subsequent post-doctoral research he was part of the team to develop novel carbon monoxide releasing molecules (CORMs) which can be used to elucidate the functional role of carbon monoxide in biological systems and led to the formation of the start-up company (HemoCORM).

In 2003 he was appointed a Research Associate in the Cardiovascular Division at King’s where he joined the group of Prof. Mike Marber and continued research on cardiac-protection and pharmacological preconditioning. In 2007, Dr Clark was awarded a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Intermediate Research Fellowship to carry out work on carbon monoxide-mediated cardio-protection. In February 2010, he was appointed to a Lectureship in Aerospace Physiology within the academic department of Physiology to teach on undergraduate and masters’ level courses. Dr Clark was promoted to the post of Reader in Human & Applied Physiology in 2019. 

Dr Clark’s research interests span whole body integrative and applied physiology including, hyperbaric and diving medicine, and the mechanisms that control cardiac function in health and disease. His interests in cardiac physiology lead to a number of fruitful collaborations as well as pushing forward his own research interests in acute myocardial infarction and heart failure.

James is currently director of the Human & Applied Physiology MSc, Cardiovascular Research MSc and Cardiovascular Sciences iBSc. He chairs the Physiology assessment Sub-Board and is Chair of Faculty if Life Sciences and Medicine postgraduate assessment board and Academic Lead for Education in the School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences.