Name: Professor Joan Taylor
Position: Professor of Pharmaceutics
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
Research Topic: Diabetes – Artificial Pancreas
About Professor Joan Taylor
Professor Joan Taylor has made an outstanding contribution to the world of science by developing an implantable artificial pancreas, writes DMU Graduate Champion, Constance Higginson. The artificial pancreas could be used to treat people with diabetes. There are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK alone. Professor Taylor’s device is able to deliver insulin by detecting when the blood sugar in the system is too high. Alongside this research, Professor Taylor has created an exercise lab within DMU to further study the physiology in diabetic patients.
The exercise lab explores the difference in physiology between diabetic and non-diabetic individuals. Professor Taylor is achieving this by recruiting diabetic and non-diabetic patients to monitor their blood results. Individuals are invited for a gym session twice a week for a 6 week period at the DMU exercise lab.
Alongside her passion for research within the diabetic field, Professor Taylor also has expertise in: drug delivery, the engineering and design of devices for drug delivery and rheometry.
Place of Birth: Belfast
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD, GPhC MRPSGB
Institutes Studied at: Brighton Polytechnic, Kings College London and The University of Nottingham.
Favourite Activity: Walking in the Spanish mountains where she indulges in photographing wild butterflies.
Favourite Travelling Destination: With a devotion to the arts Fremantle Australia is her favourite destination. Here, she explores art galleries and attends concerts to listen to her favourite music.
Favourite Music: Bruch violin concerto, Brahms violin concerto, Elgar cello concerto and Strauss Oboe Concerto. This love of music is what undoubtedly motivated Professor Taylor to start learning to play the cello.
Favourite Films: Shawshank Redemption, No way out, 2001: Space Odyssey and A Man for All Seasons.
Favourite Book: Behind the Scenes of the Museum by Kate Atkinson.
Favourite Food: Spicy Indian curry, Lamb Jalfrezi.
The ultimate way Professor Taylor enjoys spending her time is with her three beautiful children and ten wonderful grandchildren.