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    Our academic staff are 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 Philip Dash Head of School

Cancer biology, metastasis, cell biology

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 Simon Clarke Head of Division,

Biomedical Sciences & Biomedical Engineering

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


Dr Alastair Culham

Associate Professor of Botany

School Director of Academic Tutoring

Evolutionary responses to climate change, Plant Phylogeny, Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, DNA barcoding & molecular markers.


Professor Jon Gibbins Director of ICMR

Cardiovascular research, Cell Biology, Platelets, Haemostasis, Thrombosis

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Professor Julie Hawkins

Deputy Head of School

Head of Division,Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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


Professor Tom Oliver

Professor of Applied Ecology

Research Division Leader, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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


Dr Andrew Bicknell

School Director of Teaching and Learning

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

Professor Faustina Hwang

Director of Postgraduate Researchers

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

Dr Eva Kevei Director of Internationalisation

The physiological role of ubiquitylation dependent signaling pathways in ageing

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Louise Johnson Director of Admissions

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


Dr Alice Pollitt Director of Postdoctoral Researchers

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

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

Dr Graham Luke Health and Life Science Building Lead
Dr Lindsey Thompson Director of Student Experience

Biomedical Sciences

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

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

Dr Dyan Sellayah

Director of Outreach

Co-Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing

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 Nandini Vasudevan Research Division Leader, Biomedical Sciences & Biomedical Engineering

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

Molecular & Cellular Medicine

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