Dr Steven Watterson

Lecturer in Computational Biology (Hypertension)

School of Medicine

School of Biomedical Sciences,
Ulster University,
C-TRIC Building, Altnagelvin Area Hospital,
Glenshane Road, Derry~Londonderry,
BT47 6SB,

Biomedical Sciences Research

Lecturer in Computational Biology (Hypertension)

Dr Steven Watterson


Dr Steven Watterson is a Computational Biologist at the Northern Ireland Centre for Stratified Medicine with research interests in cholesterol metabolism and its role in cardiovascular disease, and also in the development of new mathematical and computational biology approaches to studying biological systems.

Steven has a first class MPhys Hons in Physics from the University of Edinburgh, a PhD in mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin and has studied non-equilibrium systems with Dr Chris Jarzynski at Los Alamos Laboratories.

He spent six years as a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh investigating the role of cholesterol metabolism in innate immunity in the lab of Prof Peter Ghazal at the Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine.  Here, he was part of the team to first uncover how cholesterol metabolism is regulated in response to cytomegalovirus infection.

Whilst at the University of Edinburgh, Steven also held joint appointments with the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology.

Steven is a member of the Life and Medical Sciences Advisory Committee of the Royal Irish Academy and currently serves on the editorial board of Frontiers in Synthetic Biology.  He is also a member of the European Atherosclerosis Society and the Genetics Society.

Research Interests

Steven’s research focuses on the networks of interactions that exist between genes, proteins and small molecules that determine biological function.  In particular, Steven is interested in how the dynamics of these networks alter in disease, how they vary within and between populations and how they can be reprogrammed therapeutically.

Teaching Interests

Steven current serves as module coordinator for
BIO123 – Mathematical and Computational Methods 1
BIO337 – Mathematical and Computational Methods 2
BIO826 – Mathematical and Computational Methods