• Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


After his Biochemistry degree, Dr David Gibson worked at Randox Laboratories Ltd, where he was responsible for designing and commercialising novel biochip array diagnostic tests.

He was awarded a PhD in 2001 from the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), for research which exposed the role of cysteine proteinases in brain tumour invasion.

During a Wellcome Trust Fellowship Dr Gibson investigated the role of inflammation in a hypoxia driven model of diabetic retinopathy at the Centre of Vision and Vascular Science, QUB.

Since 2003 Dr Gibson focused his research efforts on the discovery and validation of protein biomarkers which could improve the management of arthritis patients.

During his time at the Rooney laboratory in the Centre of Infection and Immunity, QUB he spearheaded the use of proteomic and bioinformatics strategies to discover clinically useful biomarker candidates. He also identified post translational modifications in the Vitamin D binding protein that may act as a modulator of inflammation in juvenile arthritis patients.

In 2009, Dr Gibson was awarded a prestigious travel fellowship from Arthritis Research UK to conduct mass spectrometry based research at the Duncan laboratory at the University of Colorado, Denver over two years.



Research Interests


In 2013 Dr Gibson took up his post as Lecturer in Stratified Medicine and his research is focused on adult rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He is particularly interested in the development of new prognostic and predictive tools to improve the clinical management of arthritis patients.

He employs novel mass spectrometry based methods to robustly identify and quantify disease associated proteins in blood. He is also interested in the application of protein array technologies for autoantibody screening and flow cytometry in measuring B- and T-cell activation.

He has established research programmes in three key areas:
1. Biomarkers of response to disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.
2. Mechanisms of cannabinoid compounds on inflammation and pain in a model of arthritis.
3. Alternate blood sampling methods to support home based monitoring of arthritis.

Ultimately, Dr Gibsons group will develop novel monitoring tools to help clinicians target those patients who do not respond well to current therapeutics or develop drug resistance over time. This could allow earlier more effective treatments in RA patients, thus preventing joint damage and reducing disability.


Teaching Interests


1. Introduction to Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Medicine
2. Inflammatory and Immunological Disease
3. Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
4. Disease and Treatment 2

Administrative Roles

BSc Associate Course Director


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • QH301 Biology

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Research Output 2002 2019

Can the endocannabinoid receptor system reduce neuronal inflammation in arthritis?

Gibson, D., Murray, EK. & Watterson, S., 23 May 2019, Brain and Neuroscience Advances: BNA Festival of Neuroscience 2019. Vol. 3. PM148 (PP)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stratifying patients with inflammatory diseases based on treatment response

Prasad, B., Gibson, D., McGeough, C., Eakin, A., Ahmed, T., Small, D., Gardiner, P., Pendleton, A., Wright, G., Bjourson, AJ. & Shukla, P., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

66 Citations (Scopus)

Age and Age-related Diseases: Role of Inflammation Triggers and Cytokines

Rea, M. I., Gibson, D. S., McGilligan, V. E., McNerlan, S. E., Alexander, H. D. & Ross, O. A., 9 Apr 2018, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
18 Citations (Scopus)

NLRP3 as a potentially novel biomarker for the management of osteoarthritis

McAllister, M., El Chemaly, M., Eakin, A. J., Gibson, D. S. & McGilligan, V. E., 31 May 2018, In : Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 26, 5, p. 612–619 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Disease Management
Matrix Metalloproteinases


mass spectrometry

Basic Science Award

David Gibson (Recipient), 2016


Pharmaceutical Preparations
Northern Ireland
Drug Costs
Autoimmune Diseases

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Oral presentation

Cannabinoids and health: from supplements to medicines

David Gibson (Speaker)
6 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

The therapeutic potential of the endocannabinoid system

David Gibson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Cannabinoids and health – from supplements to medicines

David Gibson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Irish Research Suggests Cannabis Treats Arthritis

David Gibson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

All you ever wanted to know about arthritis

David Gibson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Discovery of circulating DMARD response biomarkers in rheumatoid arthritis

Author: Eakin, A., Apr 2018

Supervisor: Gibson, D. (Supervisor) & Bjourson, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Towards a personalised medicine strategy to reduce prostate cancer risk in men

Author: Yankova, E., May 2018

Supervisor: Mc Dowell, A. (Supervisor) & Gibson, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis