Dr Peter Watkins

​Dr Peter Watkins

 Job Title:            Programme Director for BSc Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition / BSc Biomedical Sciences (Health, Exercise and Nutrition)​
Room No:           D201b
Telephone No:  + 44 (0) 29 2041 6825
Email Address:  pwatkins@cardiffmet.ac.uk



I am currently Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences [Health, Exercise & Nutrition] / BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition programme and discipline leader for Human Physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

I contribute to the teaching of Human Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry to several programmes in the Cardiff School of Health Sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate level study.

I have extensive experience in the design, validation, quality assurance, quality enhancement, management and delivery of programmes within the School over many years. I also have responsibility for providing pastoral care to personal tutees and have acted as a Teaching Advisor for newly-appointed members of academic staff enrolled on the PgCE-THE programme.

Modules I am involved with:

APS 4002 - Human anatomy and physiology - module leader

APS 4004 - Biochemistry

APS 5023 - Persoanl and professional development - module leader 

ASF 3007 - Biological sciences

DAN 5017 - Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology - module leader

ENH 4002 - Environmental Science

SBM 6001 - Research Project

SBM 6002 - Drugs in Sports Biomedicine and Immunohaematology - m​​odule leader

POY 6007 - Pharmacology

​​Professional Roles

I am a member of a number of University-wide committees and panels, including Academic Quality and Standards Board, Validation and Review Panel (as Chair for such events), Collaborative Provision Committee, Unfair Practices Committee and the External Examiner Appointments Committee. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (CBiol FRSB), member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem MRSC), Institute of Biomedical Science (MIBMS) and currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and hold Chartered Scientist (CSci) status with the Science Council.​


My PhD research involved investigation of the enzymology mediating the N-oxidation of 5- and 5,6-disubstituted 2,4-diaminopyrimidine dihydrofolate reductase inhibitors in the Department of Pharmacy, Kings College, University of London. Following the completion of my PhD, I spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher studying endocoid markers of anxiety at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London. My current research interests involve the effect of exercise on inflammatory markers in sedentary individuals.​


  • Adams, D., Boam, D., Clark, K., Coleman, I., Ellowood, P., Fry, M., Hack, K., Hendricks, A., Huxham, M., Maw, S., Overton, T., Rayne, Shuttleworth, J., Sutton, R., Van Winden, S., Wakeford, C., & Watkins, P.J. (2009). Developing problem solving skills in Bioscientists. A report of a workshop for invited participants organized by the UK Centre for Bioscience, Higher Education Academy.
  • Butcher, L., Backx, K, Watkins, P.J. & Morris, K. (2005) Moderate exercise significantly reduces serum lipids in healthy sedentary adults. 2nd All Wales Symposium on Exercise Science, Sports Medicine Research and Sports Psychology, Cardiff University.
  • Buckland,P.R., Marshall,R., Watkins,P.J., and McGuffin,P. (1997). Does Phenylethylamine have a role in schizophrenia? : LSD and PCP up-regulate aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase.  Mol.Brain Res., 49, 266-270.
  • Watkins, P.J. and Gorrod, J.W. (1993).  Determination of isomeric N-oxides of some 5-substituted 2,4-diaminopyrimidines by reversed phase ion-pair high performance liquid chromatography.  J. Chromatogr., 616, 79-85.
  • Weitzman, P.D.J. and Watkins, P.J. (1992). Enzyme assay by polarography, in "Enzyme Assays - A Practical Approach", eds. M.J. Danson and R. Eisenthal, publ. IRL Press.
  • Sandler, M., Przyborowska, A., Halket, J.M., Watkins, P.J., Glover, V., Coates, M.E. (1991). Urinary but not brain isatin levels are reduced in germ-free rats.  J. Neurochem., 57, 1074-1075.
  • Halket, J.M. Watkins, P.J., Przyborowska, A., Goodwin, B.L., Clow, A., Glover, V. and Sander, M. (1990).  Isatin (indole-2,3-dione) in urine and tissues.  Detection and determination by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.  J. Chromatogr., 562, 279-287.
  • Watkins, P.J., Clow, A., Glover, V., Halket, J.M., Przyborowska, A. and Sandler, M. (1990). Isatin, regional distribution in rat brain and tissues. Neurochem. Int., 17, 321-323.
  • Clow, A., Davidson, J., Glover, V., Halket, J.M., Milton, A.S., Sandler, M. and Watkins, P.J. (1989). Isatin and tribulin concentrations are increased in rabbit brain but not liver following pentylenetetrazole administration. Neurosci. Lett., 107, 327-330.
  • Sandler, M., Clow, A., Watkins, P.J., Glover, G. (1988).  Tribulin - An endocoid marker for anxiety in man. Stress Medicine, 4, 215-219.
  • Glover, V., Ueki, A., Goodwin, B.L., Watkins, P.J., Halket, J.M. & Sandler, M. (1988).  Isatin and its analogues as inhibitors of monoamine oxidase. Pharm. Res. Comm., Supp. 4, 117-118.
  • Glover, G., Halket, J.M., Watkins, P.J., Clow, A., Goodwin, B.L. & Sandler, M. (1988).  Isatin:  Identity with the purified endogenous monoamine oxidase inhibitor tribulin.  J. Neurochem., 51, 656-659.
  • Watkins, P.J. & Gorrod, J.W. (1987).  Studies on the in vitro biological N-oxidation of trimethoprim. Eur. J. Drug Metab.  Pharmacokin., 12, (4), 245.​

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Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Member of the Institute of Biomedical Science

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Heads of Universities Biological Sciences

External Examiner at St. George's University of London

External Examiner at London Metropolitan University

External Examiner at Oxford Brooke's University