Professor Peter Flatt

Professor of Biological & Biomedical Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

Coleraine campus

Room W1069,
Cromore Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA,

Biomedical Sciences Research

Professor of Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Professor Peter Flatt


Professor Peter Flatt holds a BSc Hons and PhD from Aston University. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Uppsala, Sweden (1978-80) before taking up an academic appointment at Surrey University in 1980 . He is currently Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University, a position that he has held since 1989.

Professor Flatt is Head of the Diabetes Research Group, having served as Director of Biomedical Sciences Research Centre (1992-94) and Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences (1994-97).

He is author of over 500 full scientific peer-reviewed papers (h-index 55) on various aspects of diabetes and editor of four major diabetes research texts including New Antidiabetic Drugs (Smith-Gordon, 1990) and Nutrient Regulation of Insulin Secretion (Portland Press, 1992).

Professor Flatt is founding Chairman (1991-) of the Islet Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), member of the EASD Council (1997-01), Scientific Secretary and Committee Member of Diabetes UK (1991-97; 2001-04) and a member of the Grants Review Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Federation International (1996-99).

He is a recipient of the Mary Jane Kugal Award (1999) of Juvenile Diabetes Federation International, Biochemical Society Medal (2005), and was elected to membership of Royal Irish Academy (2006), Ulster University Distinguished Senior Research Fellowship (2006) and Diabetes UK Dorothy Hodgkin Award Lecturer (2008). Patent holder, Academic co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer/Director of Diabetica Ltd.

Research Interests

  • Insulin secretion
  • pancreatic islet cell function and demise
  • antidiabetic drugs and gene therapy
  • Brain and gut peptides

Teaching Interests

  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology

Administrative Roles

  • Head Diabetes Research Group
  • Course Director BSc Hons Biomedical Science Undergraduate Programmes

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with Professor Peter Flatt
Title Closing Date
Isolation and characterization of phytochemicals with insulin-releasing or glucose lowering effects for the treatment of diabetes Self-funded PhD Opportunity Sunday 1 September 2024 12:00AM
Novel amphibian skin peptide-analogues for the treatment of type-2 diabetes Self-funded PhD Opportunity Wednesday 1 January 2025 12:00AM