• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

My research interests are focussed on the physiology and pharmacology of the urogenital tract and cardiovascular system in health and disease, and in particular the mechanisms that underlie bladder dysfunction such as overactive bladder, which can lead to incontinence, as well as atherosclerosis and the complications of diabetes. The aim of this research is to increase our understanding of how these bodily systems function and are altered in disease, in order to aid the development of new or novel treatments, or enhance the effectiveness of currently available treatments.

I am a member of a number of professional organisations including the International Continence Society, European Association of Urology, British Pharmacological Society, Continence Foundation of Australia and Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT). I am also the current secretary of the ASCEPT Special Interest Group for Urogenital and Gastrointestinal Research, which I have previously co-chaired.

I have served as Associate Editor for Life Sciences, am a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods and a Review Editor for Frontiers in Pharmacology (Cardiovascular and Smooth Muscle Pharmacology) and Frontiers in Physiology (Clinical and Translational Physiology).


Statement for HDR students

HDR students are one of the most enjoyable aspects of my research. I have supervised 5 PhD students to successful completion as principal supervisor, an additional 3 PhD students as co-supervisor, 4 Honours research students to first class honours degrees and many other Masters Research students.

My past students have completed projects in a number of areas including pharmacology of the lower urinary tract, particularly with relation to stress urinary incontinence and faecal incontinence and ureteral (kidney) stones,and mechanisms to modulate smooth muscle tone in these conditions. Other projects include the physiology and pathophysiology of the steptozotocin-induced diabetic rat bladder, mechanisms underlying the development of atherosclerosis, pharmacological investigation of porcine bladder function and sensory activity, effects of low testosterone on bladder function and mechanisms linking erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate. Nearly all of my past students now work in academia or research.

Along with Russ Chess-Williams  and Catherine McDermott I am currently supervising 3 PhD students in the Centre for Urology Research.  Contact us if you are interested in any of the above topics.

Education/Academic qualification

Learning & Teaching, Postgraduate Certificate, Sheffield Hallam University

Medicine, PhD, University of Sheffield

Anatomy & Cell Biology, BSc. (Hons first class), University of Sheffield

External positions

Sheffield Hallam University

200131 Dec 2009

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Research Output 1994 2019

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Purinergic receptor mediated calcium signalling in urothelial cells

Chess-Williams, R., Sellers, D. J., Brierley, S. M., Grundy, D. & Grundy, L., 6 Nov 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 16101.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Purinergic Receptors
Calcium Signaling
Adenosine Triphosphate
Urinary Bladder
1 Citation (Scopus)
103 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT2A
Area Under Curve
47 Downloads (Pure)

A central role for Toll-like 4 receptors in interstitial cystitis?

Sellers, D. J., McDermott, C. & Chess-Williams, R., 1 Oct 2018, In : American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology. 315, 4, p. F910-F912

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Interstitial Cystitis
Toll-Like Receptor 4
Urinary Bladder
1 Citation (Scopus)
96 Downloads (Pure)

Altered ureteral contractility with ageing: Role of the rho-kinase pathway

Lim, I., Chess-Williams, R. & Sellers, D., 1 Apr 2018, In : Mechanisms of Ageing and Development. 171, p. 31-36 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
rho-Associated Kinases
Area Under Curve
1 Citation (Scopus)
75 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Urinary Bladder
Adenosine Triphosphate

Activities 2001 2019

School of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Griffith University (External organisation)

Donna Sellers (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists

Continence Foundation of Australia (External organisation)

Donna Sellers (Member)

Activity: MembershipProfessional Memberships

Prostatic Smooth Muscle Tone in the Guinea Pig and the Human Prostate Gland

Donna Sellers (Examiner)

Activity: ExaminationThesis Examination

Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods (Journal)

Donna Sellers (Member of editorial board)
2012 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Board Member

Student theses

Contractile activity of the bladder urothelium and lamina propria

Author: Moro, C., 9 Feb 2013

Supervisor: Chess-Williams, R. (Supervisor) & Sellers, D. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Drug targets for urinary and faecal incontinence and anal fissure

Author: Folasire, O., 11 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Sellers, D. J. (Supervisor) & Chess-Williams, R. G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Mechanisms controlling ureteral motility

Author: Lim, I., 11 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Sellers, D. J. (Supervisor) & Chess-Williams, R. G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Non-Neuronal ATP: Regulation of Release and Action in the Bladder

Author: Grundy, L., 11 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Chess-Williams, R. G. (Supervisor) & Sellers, D. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis