Dr Graham Mackay
Academic Advisor, Senior Lecturer and Pharmacology Researcher
Briefly explain your role here and what inspires you about your work?
I teach and research in Pharmacology – and really enjoy interacting with students in class and in the research lab.
My research looks at allergic disease and more recently drug allergy. This is a big problem as it is relevant to every condition that we treat with drugs.
What lies ahead for your field?
Better understanding of the causes and predictors of drug allergy - so it can be an important part of the developing field of precision medicine.
Why is being an Academic Advisor important to you? How do you hope to make a difference in this role?
When I was an undergrad at the University of Glasgow I had an advisor – it was good to know that there was a member of academic staff that I had immediate contact with. I was also a country boy, so being in the big city was challenging. In my final years, we were lucky to have very small classes so got to know the academic staff very well. These aspects were very important to me and this is what I would hope to offer to my cohort of students - someone approachable that they know they can ask for help (if they need it) and someone who believes in them and will support and encourage them.
Who stands out for you as a mentor or advisor during your career? How did they help?
There have been numerous people who have advised and supported me along my career journey. The ‘straight talk’ was the most important thing they offered – the recognition of difficulties and challenges I was experiencing but also giving encouragement to help focus and be more productive.