John R. Couchman

Current Position

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
and Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC)
University of Copenhagen,
Ole Maaløes Vej 5
2200 Copenhagen, Denmark


Active Research Areas

  • Cell adhesion to extracellular matrix, signalling from adhesion receptors
  • Involvement of cell surface proteoglycans and their ligands in tumour progression
  • Heparan sulphate biosynthesis and regulation


1977  Ph.D. Cell Biology from the University of Wales.
1974 1st Class Honours Degree (B.Sc.) in Zoology, University College Swansea


2007 present  Professor of Extracellular Biology, University of Copenhagen
2007 - 2012  Danish National Research Foundation Professor, University of Copenhagen
2002 - 2006 Head, Division of Biomedical Sciences, Imperial College London
2001 - 2007 Professor of Cell Biology, Imperial College London
1995 - 2001 Director, Cell Adhesion/Matrix Research Center, Univ. Alabama at Birmingham
1993 - 2001 Professor, Dept. Cell Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1988 - 1993 Associate Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1985 ­ 1988 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1977 ­ 1985 Scientist & Senior Scientist, Unilever Research, Bedford, U.K.

Selected Honours and Awards

2014  Fell-Muir award from the British Society for Matrix Biology
2007 - 2012 Danish National Research Foundation Professor, Univ. Copenhagen
2004 President, The Histochemical Society (US)
2001 - 2003  Chair, National Institutes of Health (US) Pathobiochemistry Study Section
2001 Fellow, The Royal Society of Biology, London
1990 - 1995 Established Investigator of the American Heart Association

Advisory Boards and Committee Work

2015 present  Chairman, British Society for Matrix Biology
2007 present  Faculty of 1000, contributing member

Editorial Activities

2011 - 2015 Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry
2007 present  Editorial Board, International Journal of Experimental Pathology
2010 - 2015  Editorial Board, Journal of Biological Chemistry

195 reviews and research articles