Dr Paul Harrison BSc, PhD, FRCPath


Senior Lecturer

School of Immunity and Infection


Contact details

Telephone 44 (0)121 371 3251

Email p.harrison.1@bham.ac.uk

School of Immunity and Infection
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Paul Harrison is the Healing Foundation Senior Lecturer within the School of Immunity and Infection at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is the current President of the British Society of Haemostasis & Thrombosis and the current chairman of the ISTH Platelet Physiology SSC. He has published over 130 papers and book chapters/reviews in his field. In 2010 Paul was recently featured as one of the top 100 healthcare scientists in the UK by the Department of Health.


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Registered Clinical Scientist
  • PhD
  • BSc Biochemistry (Toxicology)


Paul Harrison has 30 years of experience in research laboratories. His first degree was in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey in 1981 and he specialised in Toxicology. After working as a Clinical Biochemist for 2 years he started his career in Haemostasis and Thrombosis at St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in the Coagulation Research Department and obtained his PhD in 1988 from the University of London.  After 10 years at St.Thomas’s he then became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oklahoma before returning to the Haemostasis Research group at University College London in 1995. In 2001 he became a clinical scientist at the Oxford Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre. In 2013 he was appointed as the Healing foundation senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Paul has published over 130 papers and book chapters and is the current President of the British Society of Haemostasis and Thrombosis.


  • Personal Mentor for Medical Students
  • Tutor on the Infection, Immunity and Haematology course for medical students

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD students are starting in October and January


Paul Harrison is researching into the influence of traumatic injury and burns on the systemic inflammatory response with a particular focus on haemostatic and thrombotic parameters. He is also a member of the Birmingham platelet group and the Genotyping and Phenotyping of Platelets Study. His main interests are platelet biology, platelet counting, thrombopoeisis, platelet function testing and microvesicles.

Other activities

  • President of the British Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis
  • Chairman of the Platelet Physiology Scientific and Standardization committee of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • Winner of 2009 Sysmex Outstanding Science Award, Istanbul, May 2009
  • Featured in the publication “Extraordinary You” – as one of top 100 healthcare scientists within the UK by the Department of Health, 2009/2010. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_117580


M Cattaneo, C Cerletti, P Harrison, CPM Hayward, D Kenny, D Nugent, P Nurden, AK Rao, AH Schmaier, SP Watson, F Lussana, MT Pugliano and AD Michelson (2013) Recommendations for the Standardization of Light Transmission Aggregometry: A Consensus of the Working Party from the Platelet Physiology Subcommittee of SSC/ISTH. Journal of Thrombosis & Haemostasis Epub

Masters A and Harrison P (2013) Platelet counting on the Accuri C6 flow cytometer. Platelets Epub

Harrison P and Lordkipanidzé M (2013) Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 27(3):411-41

Harrison P (2012) Advances in the monitoring of P2Y12 inhibition. Platelets 23,510-25

Harrison P and Gardiner C (2012) "Invisible vesicles swarm within the iceberg". J Thromb Haemost

Alsousou J, Ali A, Willett K and Harrison P (2012) The Role of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Tissue Regeneration. Platelets Epub ahead of print

Van Der Pol E, Boing AN, Harrison P, Sturk A and Nieuwland R (2012) Classification, Functions and Clinical Relevance of Extracellular Vesicles. Pharmacological Reviews 64,676-705

De la Salle B, McTaggart P, Briggs C, Harrison P, Dore CJ, Longair I, Machin SJ and Hyde K (2012) The accuracy of platelet counting in thrombocytopenic blood samples distributed by the National External Quality Assessment Scheme. American Journal of Clinical Pathology 137(1)65-74

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