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Dr Mohammed Shahabu Meah

Programme Leader Medical Physiology/Senior Lecturer

Health, Sport and Bioscience

Mohammed Meah is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Medical Physiology in the School of Health, Sports and Bioscience. He has been teaching Physiology for over 25 years at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and his research area of interest is understanding the control mechanisms of stress

    I studied BSc (Hons) in Physiology at Bedford College (University of London), then an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey and then completed a PhD in Physiology (Control of Breathing) in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at Kings College Hospital.

    I joined the University of East London (formerly known as the Polytechnic of East London) in September 1990 and have taught Physiology (mainly the cardiovascular and respiratory systems) for the last 25 years from level 3 (foundation) students to level 7 (masters students) on a wide variety of programmes.

    My PhD research investigated the mechanisms underlying the breathing patterns in patients with hyperventilation syndrome, laryngectomies and Parkinson’s disease during rest, exercise and sleep. 

    My current area of interest is investigating the effect of mental and physiological stress on the variability in heart beats, blood pressure and breathing in humans. The mechanisms by which the cardiovascular, respiratory and hypothalamus respond to acute and prolonged stress is unclear. The role of the autonomic nervous system in these mechanisms is unclear. This research may lead to more insight into i) the causes of arrhythmias, hypertension and anxiety/hyperventilation disorders and ii) interventions to reduce stress.

    Activities/responsible for:

    • Teaching: variety of programmes with module leadership
    • Programme Leadership: BSc and MSc in Medical Physiology
    • Science Without Borders  Representative for HSB (Since September 2012)
    • UEL representative for The Physiological Society (since October 2012)