Michael Curtis graduated from the University of London in 1979 (BSc in Pharmacology) and obtained his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia in 1986. Following a Postdoctoral fellowship at St Thomas' Hospital Medical School (1986-1989), he was appointed Lecturer in Pharmacology at King's College London in 1989. He was promoted to Reader in 1996.
Dr Curtis is a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching (2002) and a registered practitioner of the Higher Education Academy (2004). He is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods (2001-), Executive Editor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (1999-), Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology (1993-), and an Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Pharmacology (1998-) and Current Cardiology Reviews (2004-).
He has served as treasurer of the British Society for Cardiovascular Research since 1998. He is a recipient of the Sandoz prize for research of the British Pharmacological Society (1992), a Learned Society Fellowship of the British Pharmacological Society (2004-) and runner up in the Richard Bing prize of the International Society for Heart Research (1992).