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Dr Winston Morgan

Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry

Medicines Research Group, University of East London

Winston Morgan is a Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, he teaches on several on programmes from level 4-7  in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Biochemical Science and Medical Physiology.  Winston Morgan splits his research and scholarly activity between bioscience research and research into the outcomes for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Students and Staff in Higher Education. Winston Morgan also researches factors which contributes to poorer medical outcomes of individuals and groups on the basis of race and ethnicity.  

    Winston Morgan is currently a Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry at University of East London. His university education began with a BSc at NELP (now University of East London) in Applied Biology specialising in Pharmacology. He then worked in biomedical research for several years before completing his PhD in Biochemical Toxicology at the London School of Pharmacy (now UCL School of Pharmacy) in 1993. Winston returned to UEL in 1993 as a postdoctoral fellow and became a lecturer in 1998. Over the years he has contributed to the teaching of all the programmes in the Bioscience subject area particularly Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Sciences, Toxicology in the Pharmacology.  For the 10 years he was programme leader for up to 11 MSc programmes in the Bioscience subject area.

    Winston Morgan’s research interests are many and varied, he has been a member of the British Toxicology Society and Biochemical Society for over 20 years as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology. He many 40 peer review publications and conference presentation. His early research was in signal transduction in blood cells and the protein chemistry of auto-antibodies, he then moved on to liver and kidney toxicity. He is well into double figure for PhD supervision . Past students have been in areas as diverse as human placenta as an alternative to animals in toxicity testing, the role of probiotics and prebiotics in gut health and wound healing properties of certain Nigerian plants.  He has an ongoing interest in the toxicity of Amphetamine related compounds. Dr Morgan is currently working on a project to understand the long term toxicity of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in AIDS patients. His most recently completed PhD students worked on providing a better understanding of how Paracetamol and NSAID works in terms of anti-pyresis and anti-inflammation. His research has been informed by a knowledge of mechanistic toxicology, toxicity testing, pharmacology and clinical biochemistry.

    Away from laboratory-based research Dr Morgan is involved in several learning and teaching projects looking at how to improve the student experience and performance of widening participation students particularly, BAME students. This work has led to several national keynote presentations. 

    A developing area of research and scholarly activity is the role of  race and ethnicity in medical research and medical outcomes



    Research Publications


    Poor vaccine take-up in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities is not just due to hesitancy

    Poor vaccine take-up in BAME communities is not just down to hesitancy

    Anti-vaxxers are weaponising the vaccine hesitancy of Black communities

    Medical racism could hold back the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination drive


     “the impact of coronavirus cannot be explained away through the prism of race" on @BBCWorldService


    Media publications

    Winston Morgan Video and Audio

    The COVID-19 vaccines: why governments and almost all scientists are confident they are safe.

    Yes or No to vaccination understanding vaccinations.

    Why Black people are more likely to die from COVOD-19.

    This is the link for the BBC world service documentary on the Nobel prize I took part in where I discuss the challenges facing black researchers.
    Covid 19, academic privileges and teaching through bias -
    Outnumbered by White People
    There are vast stories and statistics demonstrating the negative experiences Black, Asian & other ethnic minority patients, doctors & nurses have with the NHS.
    From the high rates of Pregnant Black Women dying, to the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately killing BAME patients
    ‘If I am infected with COVID-19, is it because I am black?’ The voice newspaper online
    BBC Science in Action
    Interviews  about the university awarding gap.
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    Media: Video and Audio

    Currently I run modules in Toxicology and teach on programmes and modules in Pharmacology, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Medical Physiology from level 4-7.

    Key subjects include mechanistic toxicology, toxicity testing, carcinogenesis, regulatory toxicity, pharmacogenetics, pharmacokinetics, liver and kidney function, blood proteins, serum enzymes, drug metabolism.

    In the past 10 years I have been programmes leader on 10 MSc Bioscience programmes (Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biotechnology and Management, Biomedical Immunology, Biomedical Science, Bioscience, Molecular Medical Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toxicology).