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Leading experts in the Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

The School of Biological Sciences is home to many world-renowned experts in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering.

Academic staff

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Dr Nandini Vasudevan Research Division Leader, Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

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

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Simon Andrews Professor

Molecular Bacteriology, Iron regulation and virulence, Functional genomics in E. coli, Impact of iron and zinc on the gut microbiota


Dr Andrew Bicknell

School Director of Teaching and Learning

Endocrinology, Adrenal gland, Pituitary, Stress axis

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Sam Boateng Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Cardiovascular research, Myocyte mechanosensing, Circadian proteins

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr John Bowen Associate Professor Development of technology for medical diagnosis, biomolecular spectroscopy, terahertz imaging & spectroscopy, biophotonics, cultural heritage applications

Biomedical Engineering

Dr Simon Clarke

Head of Division,

Biomedical Sciences & Biomedical Engineering

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


Professor Angela Clerk Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Cardiac myocyte biology, heart failure, intracellular signalling, protein kinases, apoptosis and cell death, hypertrophy

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Philip Dash

Head of School

Cancer biology, metastasis, cell biology

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Evangelos Delivopoulos Lecturer in Systems Engineering and Neuroscience Interfaces

Stem cell neuralization, neural cultures on MEAs, flexible neural implants, regulation of neural activity by astrocytes

Biomedical Engineering

Dr Keith Foster Associate Professor in Translational Medicine

Developing Gene, Cell and Pharmaceutical Medicines

Platform Technologies for Medicine Delivery

Muscular Dystrophies and Metabolic Diseases

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Michael Fry Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences

Cell signalling, PI-3 kinase signalling, Proteomics & kinase signalling, GSK-3 & Wnt signalling in platelets, cancer research

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Jon Gibbins Director of ICMR

Cardiovascular research, Cell Biology, Platelets, Haemostasis, Thrombosis

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Soon Gweon Lecturer in Bioinformatics for Genomics

Bioinformatics / Computational biology, Microbial Ecology and Biodiversity, Antimicrobial Resistance, Next Generation Sequencing, High Performance Computing

Biomedical Engineering

Dr Sillas Hadjiloucas Lecturer Biomedical Engineering
Professor William Harwin Professor of Interactive & Human Systems

The mathematics and engineering of interacting systems.

Haptic interactions, rehabilitation robotics, wearable sensors and dynamic models of animals and cells.

Haptics in skills training and education, design and stability of exoskeletons, wearable sensors for long term analysis of health, reach and grasps in humans, and mechanodynamics in cells.

Biomedical Engineering

Dr Yoshikatsu Hayashi Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering
Professor William Holderbaum Professor in Mathematics and Engineering

Mathematics and Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Dr Craig Hughes Lecturer in Cardiovascular Biology

Cardiovascular research, Cell Biology, Platelets, Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Signal transduction

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Faustina Hwang Director of Postgraduate Researchers

Human computer interaction, accessible computing, digital health, haptics

Biomedical Engineering
Dr Christopher Jones

Co-Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing

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

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Ian Jones Professor of Virology

Molecular Virology, Baculovirus, Vaccine development, expression technology


Dr Eva Kevei

Lecturer in Cell Biology

Director of Internationalisation

The physiological role of ubiquitylation dependent signaling pathways in ageing

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Phil Knight Professor

Reproductive biology, Endocrinology, Ovarian follicular development, Ovulation, Early embryo development

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor David Leake Professor in Biochemistry of Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, Oxidation of low density lipoprotein in lysosomes, Antioxidants and coronary heart disease

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Jian-Mei Li Professor of Cardiovascular Biology

Cardiovascular research

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Sheila MacIntyre Programme advisor for Microbiology

Molecular Bacteriology, Protein secretion, Pili assembly, Fish pathogens


Dr Francoise Mazet Lecturer in Biomedical Science

System Biology of cell signalling, Molecular Evolution and Development, Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor 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 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 Ketan Patel Professor Developmental Biology, Skeletal muscle development.

Adult skeletal muscle function, Embryonic skeletal muscle growth.

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Alice Pollitt

Director of Postdoctoral Researchers

Cell-cell communication between platelets and non-hematopoietic cells.

Spatial and temporal organisation of the cell surface.

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Declan Schroeder

Environmental Microbiology (virology)

Biomedical Sciences
Dr Dyan Sellayah

School Director for Outreach

Obesity research

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Simon Sherratt

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 Lindsey Thompson


Director of Student Experience

Biomedical Sciences
Professor Kim Watson Professor in Structural Biology

Structural & Computational Biology, Chlamydia biology, Infection & Immunity, Diabetes & Obesity, Metabolic Enzymes

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Ying Zheng Professor in Systems Engineering and Neuroscience

Electrophysiology, Balance of neural excitation and inhibition, Mathematical modelling of field potential and EEG, Brain and Diet, the Aging Brain

Biomedical Engineering

Teaching fellows/associates/assistants


Name Responsibilities and interests  Contact
Dr Glyn Barrett Teaching Fellow Biomedical Science
Dr Natasha Barrett Teaching Fellow Biomedical Science
Dr Lizzy Lander Teaching Fellow Biomedical Science
Dr Geraldine (Jay) Mulley Teaching Fellow

Microbiology; Microbe-host interactions; Microbial genetics; Vaccine development

Biomedical Science

Sophie Nock

Graduate Teaching Assistant

(PhD Studentships)
Biomedical Science

Postdoctorate Research Fellows/associates/assistants


Name Position Research interests
Dr Recep Adiyaman Research Associate Bioinformatics, Prediction of protein structures, functions and interactions, Protein folding
Dr Feroz Ahmad Research Associate  
Dr Monica Armengol Research Assistant Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanical modelling, Spinal Cord Injury
Dr Ged Baltulionis Research Associate
Dr Alex Bye Research Associate
Dr Simone Culurgioni Research Assistant Analysis of the bacterial regulatory mechanisms to sense and detoxify nitric oxide (NO)
Dr Joanne Dunster Research Associate Utilising a range of mathematical, computational and statistical techniques to develop and analyse theoretical models that describe problems in the life sciences and medicine
Dr Helen Foster Senior Research Officer Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Dr Stephen Fuller Research Associate
Dr Alejandro Giraldo Research Fellow  
Dr Balazs Janko Research Assistant Passive wireless sensors
Dr Sophie Jegouic Research Associate Virology, molecular biology, cellular biology, microfluidics, diagnostics
Dr Shirley Keeton Research Associate Evolution of Cancer Metastasis, Cell migration, 3D tissue culture 
Dr Rachel King Research Associate Wireless Sensing
Dr Neline Kriek Research Assistant Platelets, Cell Signalling, Systems Biology
Dr Dannielle Kydd-Sinclair Research Associate
Dr Mhairi Laird Research Associate   
Dr Silvia Loureiro Research Associate  Molecular Virology, Vaccine development for infectious diseases, Baculovirus, Infuenza and Foot-and-mouth disease viruses
Dr Merce Miranda Research Assistant  Lipid metabolism in obesity and type 2 diabetes
Dr Jo Mitchell Research Associate  
Dr Leonardo Moraes Research Fellow  
Dr Andrea Monteagudo  Research Associate Impact of Dietary-Iron on Human Gut Microbiota
Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou Research Assistant
Dr Deepa Paliwal Research Associate
Dr Rekha Rana Research Associate
Dr Malarvizhi Ramesh Research Fellow  
Dr Junyuan Ren Research Fellow  
Dr Arvind Salunkhe Research Associate Impact of Dietary-Iron on Human Gut Microbiota
Dr Bajuna Salehe Research Associate Bioinformatics, Prediction of protein structures, functions and interactions, Protein folding
Dr Parvathy Sasikumar Research Associate  
Dr Ozan Tokatli Research Associate
Haptics, Physical Human Robot Interaction, Robotics
Dr Kirk Taylor Research Associate Biochemical, biophysical, cell isolation & culture, functional, imaging, in vivo and molecular assays
Dr Ioannis Dimitrios Zoulias Research Assistant Brain-Computer Interfaces, Control Systems, Virtual Reality
Biomedical Engineering

Emeritus and Visiting Professors

Name Information
Professor Dominic Behan Visiting Professor

Professor Emeritus Philippa Darbre


Biomedical Sciences

Professor Philip Lowry

Professor Alastair D Reith Visiting Professor
Professor Peter Sugden (Emeritus)  

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