Lucy Clunes, PhD
Dean of Students
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Dr. Lucy Clunes was appointed dean of students at St. George’s University in April 2021. In her role, she provides support and guidance in academic and non-academic areas to all students in the University. Dr. Clunes works in close collaboration with the academic units and with the non-academic SGU units that serve our diverse student population, such as the University Health Services, the Department of Educational Services, Examination Services, Housing, Judicial Affairs, and the Department of Public Safety. She is also a professor of pharmacology in the School of Medicine.
Dr. Clunes also oversees the Office of Academic Advising Development and Support (AADS), responsible for advising students in their basic sciences and clinical years, as well as the Office of Career Guidance (OCG).
Originally from the UK, Dr. Clunes first joined SGU in August 2008 as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology. In January 2014, she was appointed an assistant dean of students, concentrating on assisting medical students in Terms 4 and 5 as they prepare for the USMLE Step 1 exam and transition into their clinical years. She was then named assistant dean of basic sciences in 2018.
Dr. Clunes completed a degree in pharmacology before obtaining her PhD in 2004 at the University of Dundee. She then moved to the United States and spent four years in a postdoctoral position in the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her research centered on ion transport defects in the airways, with particular attention to the regulation of airway hydration and how this can be disturbed by cigarette smoke.
Dr. Clunes has three children, all born in Grenada.