Celia Bell is Head of Department of Natural Sciences at Middlesex University. Having graduated originally from UCL, she went on to complete an MSc in Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Biochemistry at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. She worked in research at both of these institutions, first on protein turnover in muscle and subsequently on the biochemical basis of migraine and Parkinson’s disease. Since joining Middlesex University, Celia has continued to be involved in laboratory based and clinical research, including developing an interest in natural products as medicines, investigating the use and mechanisms of action both in clinical settings and in the laboratory. Celia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a member of the Heads of University Biosciences.
Celia leads and manages the Department of Natural Sciences, ensuring that it makes a significant contribution to the operation and strategic development of the Faculty of Science and Technology and the University. The department is large and multidisciplinary, with over 70 full time and part-time academic, research and administrative staff supporting more than 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Department successfully delivers teaching, research and consultancy across several disciplines including the biomedical and healthcare sciences, biological sciences, environmental health, occupational safety and health and environmental science.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Anatomy and physiology
Research Outputs & Interests
Natural product research: the use of plants and plant constituents as medicines, with in vitro work investigating the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of herbs and their constituents, and a particular interest in natrual products as anti-cancer agents.
Previous work: the biochemical basis of migraine and the metabolism of a potent neurotoxin causing Parkinsonian symptoms in man, MPTP.
(Note: Celia Bell nee Gibb)
Xiaoyan Wang, Dong Li, Lucy Ghali, Ruidong Xia, Leonardo P. Munoz, Hemda Garelick, Celia Bell and Xuesong Wen (2016) Therapeutic Potential of Delivering Arsenic Trioxide into HPV-Infected Cervical Cancer Cells Using Liposomal Nanotechnology. Nanoscale Research Letters201611:94; DOI: 10.1186/s11671-016-1307-y
Simmonds JS, Bell C.M. (2011) Development of a hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome training programme for physical education teachers: A case study. World Physical Therapy (Abstract number: A-210-0029-01727 2011) 20-23 June, Amsterdam, Holland.
Simmonds JS, Hills F, Isaacs T, Riddoch C, Bell CM (2008) The effect of stair climbing on bone health and physical activity behaviour change in pre and post-menopausal working women. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Biennial Congress, Birmingham. Moving forward for patient health and well being. October 17 -18th (platform presentation and abstract)
Bell C.M., Simmons M.S.J. (2007) Plant substances as alternatives for animal products in traditional medicines. Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London.
Wen X, Tozer A.J., Butler S.A., Bell C.M., Docherty S.M., Iles R.K. (2006) Follicular fluid levels of inhibin A, inhibin B, and activin A levels reflect changes in follicle size but are not independent markers of the oocyte's ability to fertilize. Fertil Steril. 85(6):1723-9.
Appiah S.S., Bremner P., Kokubun T., Russell M., Bell C., Heinrich M., Simmonds M.S.J. (2006) Herbal alternatives to bear bile: Effects of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi on IL-6 promoter and CYP3A4 activities. Abst. 13th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care, Exeter, December 2006
Pendry B, Busia K, Bell C.M. (2005) Phytochemical Evaluation of Selected Anti-oxidant-Containing Medicinal Plants for Use in the Preparation of a herbal Formula - a Preliminary Study. Chemistry and Biodiversity 2, 917-922.
Appiah S.S, Kokubun T., Bremner P., Heinrich M., Bell C., Simmonds M.S.J. (2003) Investigation of the Safety and efficacy of Chinese herbs traditionally used to treat inflammatory diseases. FACT 8 (4), 477. Abst. 10th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care, London, November 2003.
Bell C.M., Bell L., Chevallier A., McDermott A., Adams R. (2003) Herbal treatment for osteoarthritis: a pilot study investigating outcomes. FACT 8 (4), 480. Abst. 10th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care, London, November 2003.
Gibb C.M., Davies P.T.G., Glover V., Steiner T., Rose F.C., Sandler M., 1991. Chocolate is a migraine-provoking agent. Cephalagia 11, 93 - 95.
Gibb C., Glover V., Sandler M., 1988. Inhibition of phenolsulphotransferase by food and drink constituents. In Progress in Catecholamine Research, Part A: Basic aspects and peripheral mechanisms. Edited by A. Dahlstrom, R.H. Belmaker, M. Sandler, Alan R. Liss, New York, pp. 203 - 208.
Sandler M., Glover V., Gibb C., Willoughby J., 1987. MPTP: The monoamine connection. In: Neurotoxins and their Physiological Implications. Edited by P. Jenner, Raven Press, New York, pp. 197-207.
Gibb C., Glover V., Sandler M., 1987. In vitro inhibition of phenolsulphotransferase by food and drink constituents. Biochem. Pharmacol. 36 (14), 2325 - 2330.
Gibb C., Willoughby J., Glover V., Sandler M., Testa B., Jenner P., Marsden C.D., 1987. Analogues of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine as monoamine oxidase substrates: a second ring is not necessary. Neurosci. Lett. 76, 316 - 322.
Gibb C., Glover V., Sandler M., 1986. Inhibition of phenolsulphotransferase P by certain food constituents. Lancet i, 794.