Professor Samira Lakhal-Littleton

Associate Professor of Cell Physiology and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics; Tutorial Fellow, Brasenose College


Professor Samira Lakhal-Littleton leads a research team investigating the role of iron in health and disease. Specifically, the team investigates how iron levels change in the body in different settings such as during pregnancy or in heart failure. They also investigate the physiological and clinical consequences of those changes.

Professor Lakhal-Littleton completed a DPhil (doctorate) at Oxford University in 2007, then went on to take up her first postdoctoral research post with Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe. Following that, she secured funding from the British Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Council and became an independent investigator at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford.

Her research has gained international recognition and many awards, including the Physiological Society’s Bayliss Starling Prize Lecture and the BioIron Society’s Gunshin Levy Award. She is also a tutorial fellow in Medicine at Brasenose College Oxford, and teaches physiology and cardiovascular sciences to pre-clinical students.