Dr Peter Grabowski, BSc, MSc, PhD
Senior University Teacher
Molecular mechanisms in bone cell differentiation and function
Dr Peter Grabowski graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Liverpool in 1979 and completed an MSc and PhD at Liverpool in 1983 and 1987 respectively. He worked for 18 months at the Medizinische Klinik, Christian-Albrechts Universität (Kiel, Germany), with the late Professor Edgar Ohnhaus.
On returning to the UK, he worked firstly with Professor Richard Himsworth and subsequently with Professor Stuart Ralston at the University of Aberdeen, then later with Professor Tim Skerry at the University of York. Dr Grabowski was appointed as Lecturer in Bone Biology at the University of Sheffield in 1999.
Peter’s research interests are in understanding basic cellular and molecular mechanisms in bone cell differentiation and function in health and disease, with an emphasis on osteoclast biology. With Professor Nick Bishop, Peter has investigated the impact of inherited gene defects in children’s bone disorders, particularly on the differentiation and function of osteoclasts in infantile onset osteopetrosis. Other interests include the molecular mechanisms of cell fusion and the molecular regulation of osteoclastogenesis, bone formation and bone resorption. He moved to the Academic Unit of Human Nutrition in 2012 to focus on teaching on the MMedSci in Human Nutrition and is now a Senior University Teacher and a Faculty Officer for Learning and Teaching (Teaching Excellence). Peter is currently on secondment to ScHARR.