Professor Robert Henderson

Photo of Professor Robert Henderson

MA, BSc (Lond), PhD (Lond).

Official Fellow; Member of the College Council; Senior Tutor; Tutor for Admissions in Science
Professor of Macromolecular Pharmacology


Robert Henderson has been a Fellow at Emmanuel College since 1993. He obtained his first degree and PhD from the University of London, the former in Comparative Physiology from Queen Mary College, and the latter for a study of intracellular pH regulation in the liver, from the London Hospital Medical College - where he stayed subsequently for three years' postdoctoral work. Between 1984 and 1988 he was a Research Associate in Dr Gerhard Giebisch's laboratory in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, where he worked on membrane ion transport mechanisms in liver and kidney. In 1988 he returned to the UK, to the Department of Pharmacology in Cambridge where he has been ever since and where he now holds the position of Professor of Macromolecular Pharmacology. His research is currently focused on the use of the atomic force microscope to investigate topics in cell biology, notably the structure of and interactions between membrane proteins, and the interaction of restriction enzymes and anticancer drugs with DNA.

Teaching Interests

At Emmanuel he is College Lecturer in Medicine and he is Senior Tutor and Admissions Tutor for Science.


Research details, publications and so forth are available on Robert's Department of Pharmacology page.