Graham Riley is a biochemist with a research focus on the molecular pathology of tendon. A graduate of the University of Bristol, he has worked in a number of research areas in both academia and industry, including muscular dystrophy (Pasteur Institute, Paris), haemopoeitic stem cells (Institute of Cancer Research, London) and parasitology (Wellcome Laboratories, Beckenham). He completed his PhD at the Rheumatology Research Unit in Cambridge, investigating the biochemical changes that underlie chronic tendon pathology in the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. In 1996 he was appointed Head of the Soft Tissue Research Group at the Rheumatology Research Unit, and formed his own research group to investigate the cell and molecular pathology of tendons, ligaments and fascia.

Graham has an international reputation in the field of tendon pathology, and has published a number of key papers. In particular, his work on the role and regulation of metalloproteinases in tendon matrix turnover has resulted in several well-cited publications, and his contribution to the field was recognised by the award of a Senior Research Fellowship from Arthritis Research UK in 2007. He brought his research group to UEA the same year.


  • Arthritis Research UK Senior Research Fellow, University of East Anglia (2007-2012)
  • Head of Soft Tissue Injury and Repair Group, Rheumatology Research Unit (RRU) Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (1996-2007)
  • Post-doctoral Research Assistant, RRU, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (1993-1996)
  • Research Assistant, RRU, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (1988-1993)
  • PhD – RRU, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (1993)
  • Research Assistant, Wellcome Laboratories, Beckenham, Kent (1987)
  • Research Assistant, Leukaemia Research Fund Laboratories, London (1984-1986)
  • Research Assistant, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France (1982-1984)
  • BSc - Biochemistry, University of Bristol (1981)





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