Professor Stephen McClean

Head of School of Biomedical Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

Coleraine campus

Room W1104,
Cromore Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA,

Biomedical Sciences Research

Head of School of Biomedical Sciences

Professor Stephen McClean


Prof Stephen McClean began his career at Ulster as a Research officer in Bioanalytical Chemistry in 1999. He became a Lecturer in Proteomics in 2001 before being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009 and Professor of Bioscience Education in 2017.

He is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 26), a patent holder, and has given presentations at national and international conferences.


  • BSc Hons Science with Business, DIS (Commendation) from Ulster University (1994),
  • MRes (Distinction), Ulster University (1996),
  • DPhil, Ulster University (1999)

Research Interests

  • The isolation and characterisation of bioactive peptides and small molecules from amphibian skin secretions, reptile and arachnid venoms, particularly with application to the field of diabetes.
  • Application of mass spectrometry methodologies for analytical problem-solving in the biosciences.

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory chemistry, analytical and peptidomic methodologies, natural product discovery and biochemistry.

Administrative Roles

  • Academic Lead for Education within the School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Module coordinator for: Chemistry in Practice, Biochemistry and Analytical Methodology.