Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens

Dr Craig Stevens

Associate Professor and Research Leader in Biomedical Sciences


Dr Craig Stevens BSc PhD FHEA is Associate Professor and Principal Investigator within the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. Craig completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 1999 and his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2004 where he studied the role of E2F transcription factors in DNA damage checkpoint control within the group of Prof Nick LaThangue. In 2004, he moved to the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre within the Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh for his first Postdoctoral Research position, joining the Cell Signalling Laboratory of Prof Ted Hupp where his research focused on the control of cell growth by mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTORC1) and death-associated protein kinase (DAPK) signalling pathways. Craig stayed at the IGMM for a Senior Research Fellow position, joining the Gastroenterology Laboratory of Prof Jack Satsangi to investigate the role of autophagy in the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease. During this time Craig helped to secure funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and the National Association of Crohn’s and Colitis (NACC).

In 2012, Craig joined the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University as Lecturer and Principal Investigator and was appointed Research Leader in Biomedical Sciences in October 2016 and Associate Professor in August 2018. At Napier Craig's academic role focuses on both research and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Research in Craig’s group is currently supported by funding from Crohn's in Childhood Research Association (CICRA) and the CSO and focusses on three main areas:

1. Understanding the role of autophagy in Crohn’s disease.
2. Investigating the mechanism of action of drugs commonly used to treat patients with IBD.
3. The role of antimicrobial peptides in IBD.

The potential for translational research results from Craig's strong collaborative links with ongoing IBD research at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh (Dr Paul Henderson, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist) and Edinburgh University (Prof Jack Satsangi, Chair of Gastroenterology). Craig also has strong collaborative links at Napier University with Dr Peter Barlow investigating novel peptide based therapeutics for the treatment of IBD.


Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert reviewer for the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), Ireland
  • Expert reviewer for Fondation Innovations en Infectiologie (Finovi), France


Conference Activity

  • European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) congress, Barcelona, Spain
  • Autophagy UK meeting, London, England
  • ER Stress, Autophagy & immune system, Bruges, Belgium
  • International congress of Mucosal Immunology, Washington, USA
  • European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Conference, Autophagy, from molecular principals to human diseases, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • BSPGHAN annual meeting, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Autophagy UK meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board of Advances in Biology


Grant Reviewer

  • Medical Research Council Peer Review


Invited Speaker

  • United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW), Stockholm, Sweden
  • British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), 1st Supraregional Meeting - Workshop: Intestinal Inflammation, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) annual meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland


Membership of Professional Body

  • Edinburgh Organoid Network
  • British Society for Immunology
  • Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Network


Public/Community Engagement

  • Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA) academic panel that meets children and families with IBD
  • STEM ambassador


Research Degree External Examining

  • MRes student for the University of Edinburgh



  • Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Journal of Cancer
  • Toxicology Letters


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