Dr Ray Carson

  • Position:  Medical Studies Co-ordinator and Phase I Lead
  • Telephone: 01212043274
  • Email: r.carson@aston.ac.uk
  • Room Number: MB510b

I joined Aston Medical School in May 2015 to help set up the new medical course and be part of the exciting widening participation and social mobility project. Previously I taught medical students at Leicester Medical School for seven years. I have been teaching physiology and pharmacology at universities since 1991 and I started my career in research in 1980. I have worked in research on the respiratory system and the reproductive system at a variety of hospitals and universities.   

  • BSc (Hons) Physiology, King’s College, London 1980
  • PhD, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, 1990
  • FIBMS, 2005
  • FHEA, 2010
  • SFHEA, 2016


  • 2015 – Current - Senior Lecturer and Medical Studies Co-ordinator, Aston Medical School, Aston University.
  • 2008 – 2015 - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Basic Medical Sciences, Leicester Medical School, University of Leicester.
  • 2001 – 2008 - Senior Lecturer in Physiology/Pharmacology, Coventry University
  • 1991 – 2001 - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, University of Wolverhampton
  • 1985 – 1991 - MLSO, Anaesthetic Unit, St. Thomas’ Hospital
  • 1984 – 1985 - Physiologist/Scientific Officer, Anaesthetics Dept., St. Bartholomew's Hospital 
  • 1982 – 1984 - Research Assistant, Dept. of Occupational Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
  • 1980– 1981 - Research Assistant, Dept. of Medicine, Royal Postgraduate Medical School


I specialise in teaching physiology and pharmacology, but have also taught anatomy and biochemistry to medical students.
  • Parturition
  • Premature labour
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Male infertility
  • Uterine contractility
  • Hydrogen sulphide as a signalling molecule


7 completed PhD supervisions
  • ß-endorphin inhibits the production of interleukin-8 by human chorio-decidual cells in culture. T. S. Nandhra and R. J. Carson. (2000) Molecular Human Reproduction 6 (6), 555-560.
  • An Evolutionary Approach to Human Premature Labour. Ray Carson and David Miles (2000) International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine 12, 41-50.
  • L-Cysteine and Sodium Hydrosulphide Inhibit Spontaneous Contractility in Isolated Pregnant Rat Uterine Strips in Vitro. Reena Sidhu, Manisha Singh, Gulfraz Samir and Ray J. Carson. (2001) Pharmacology & Toxicology 88, 198-203.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Increases Motility and Intracellular Calcium Ion Concentration in Human Sperm in Vitro. Rani Bains, David M. Miles, Jude Adeghe, Ray J. Carson (2001) Archives of Andrology 47 (2), 119-125.
  • Human Sperm Cells Express CD44. Rani Bains, Jude Adeghe, Ray J. Carson (2002) Fertility and Sterility 78(2): 307-312.
  • Seyffarth G, Nelson PN, Dunmore SJ, Rodrigo N, Murphy DJ, Carson RJ. (2004) Lipopolysaccharide induces nitric oxide synthase expression and platelet-activating factor increases nitric oxide production in human fetal membranes in culture.Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2(1):29.
  • Detection and prevention of premature labour. Carson RJ. (2004) Neuro Endocrinol Lett. Suppl 1:35-41.
  • Effect of femto to nano molar concentrations of prostaglandin analogues on pregnant rat uterine contractility. Abdul H. Khan, Ashwani Ashwani, Tariq Javed, Scott M. Nelson and Ray J. Carson (2008), Eur. J. Pharmacol. 581, 185-190. 
  • Prostaglandins in labor – a translational approach. Abdul H. Khan, Ray J. Carson and Scott M. Nelson (2008), Frontiers in Bioscience 13, 5794-5809.
  • The endogenous production of hydrogen sulphide in intrauterine tissues. Patel P, Vatish M, Heptinstall J, Wang R, Carson RJ. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2009 Feb   6;7:10.
  • Immune Physiology in Tissue Regeneration and Aging, Tumor Growth, and Regenerative Medicine. Antonin Bukovsky, Michael R. Caudle, Ray J. Carson, Francisco Gaytán, Mahmoud Huleihel, Andrea Kruse, Heide Schatten, and Carlos M. Telleria. Aging 1 (2) 157-181 2009  47.
  • Role of hydrogen sulfide in the female reproductive tract. Ray J. Carson & Justin C. Konje. Expert Rev. Obstet. Gynecol. 5 (2), 203-213 (2010) 


  • Interactions Between Gasotransmitters. Carson, Ray J.; Seyffarth, Gunter; Mian, Rubina; Maddock, Helen, pp. 33-56, in Signal Transduction and the Gasotransmitters NO, CO, and H2S in Biology and Medicine, Ed. Wang, Rui (2004).