Dr Oliver John Watson BSc, MBChB, MRCP, PhDOliver Watson

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology

Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease
University of Sheffield
Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 215 9550
Email: o.watson@sheffield.ac.uk


I completed a BSc in Biomedical sciences at the University of Sheffield in 1998, returning to study Medicine in 1999. On completion of my medical studies I completed my clinical training in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and surrounding District General Hospitals.

I commenced my Cardiology specialist training in 2008 and was awarded an MRC clinical training Fellowship through the University of Sheffield. My research utilised the zebrafish model of angiogenesis, with Dr Tim Chico and identified genetic factors influencing flow signal transduction in the developing endothelium. I am now a Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Trainee in Cardiology.

Research Interests:

I am interested in genetic cardiology and the genetic basis of aortic valve disease and aortopathy. I want to use the unique advantages of the zebrafish as a tool to look at the genetic regulation of these genetic diseases.

I am also interested in the molecular signals which regulate angiogenesis in response to blood flow in the in vivo zebrafish embryo.

Teaching Interests:

  • Module lead: MED6052, Vascular disease therapy and clinical practice a component of the Molecular medicine MSc programme University of Sheffield 2014.
  • Lecturer for clinical cardiology and cardiac physiology at the University of Sheffield Medical School.


For key publications see below. For a full list of publications click here.

Journal articles