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    Our academic staff is recognised around the world for contributions to biological science

Our team

The School of Biological Sciences is home to some of the world's finest minds in the field, both in the biomedical and ecological areas.

If you would like to get in touch, please take a look through the relevant pages below. Key contacts within the department are listed below.

Key Staff

     
Professor Rob Jackson Head of School

Molecular Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Pseudomonas biology, Insect Microbiology and Evolutionary biology

Microbiology 

Dr Philip Dash Deputy Head of School
Director of Teaching & Learning 

Cell signalling, Cell Migration, Nitric oxide, Apoptosis

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Jon Gibbins   Director of ICMR 

Cardiovascular research, Cell Biology, Platelets, Haemostasis, Thrombosis

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Simon Andrews

Research Division Leader, Biomedical Sciences & Biomedical Engineering

Molecular Bacteriology, Iron regulation and virulence, Functional genomics in E.Coli

Microbiology 

Professor Simon Sherratt

Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing

Director of Staff Teaching Development

Wearable smart technology for use in the management of falls in the home from people with Parkinson's disease, and for use in human emotion prediction

Biomedical Engineering

Dr Tom Oliver Research Division Leader, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 

Biodiversity: interactions between land use & climate change, spatiotemporal indicators & ecosystem services, the resilience of ecosystem functions

Ecology

Dr Louise Johnson   Director of Admissions

Evolution, genetics, intragenomic conflict, genomics, levels of selection, genome defence

Evolution 

Dr Christopher Jones Director of Postdoctoral Researchers

Cardiovascular research,  inter-individual variation in platelet signalling, activation, and impact on haemostasis and thrombosis

Molecular & Cellular Medicine 

Professor Slawomir Nasuto Deputy Research Division Leader, Biomedical Sciences & Biomedical Engineering

Neuroengineering, Neurorehabilitation, Brain-computer interfaces, Biomedical Signal Processing, Cell cultures, Closed-loop neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience

Complex Systems, Networks Science, Nonlinear dynamics

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Rachel McCrindle Director of Student Experience

Computer & Human Interaction

Biomedical Engineering

Dr Liam McGuffin   Director of Impact and Enterprise 

Bioinformatics, Prediction of protein structures, functions and interactions, protein folding, mutations and disease, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Julie Hawkins

Head of Division,

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Plant Evolution, Plant Conservation, Plant DNA certification, Taxonomy, Wildlife trade and conservation, Molecular phylogenetics

Evolution

Dr Simon Clarke

Head of Division,

Biomedical Sciences & Biomedical Engineering,

Director of Internationalisation

Molecular Bacteriology, Host-pathogen interactions, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes

Microbiology

Dr Nandini Vasudevan Director of Outreach

Neuroendocrinology, Molecular Endocrinology, hormone signalling, social behaviours in rodents, regulation of anxiety and memory, animal behaviour

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Paul Hatcher Director of Postgraduate Studies

Biological Control, insect conservation, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, IPM, weeds, Rumex, grasslands

Ecology

Dr Faustina Hwang Director of Postgraduate Researchers

Human computer interaction, accessible computing, digital health, haptics
Biomedical Engineering

Dr Andrew Bicknell

Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Senior Tutor

Endocrinology, Adrenal gland, Pituitary, Stress axis Molecular & Cellular Medicine

 Dr Graham Luke Health and Life Sciences Lead  

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