Meet the Team

Professor Michael John Hannon MA (Cantab.), PhD

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Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies
Director of the EPSRC Research and Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Health
Chair of Chemical Biology


About the Director
Mike is Professor of Chemical Biology at Birmingham.  His prize-winning research lies at the interface between chemistry and the life sciences, focused on metal complexes in biology and medicine as both imaging agents and therapeutics. He is President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, an international learned society with over one thousand members, and will co-chair the European Biological Inorganic Chemistry conference in Birmingham in 2018.Mike was appointed IAS Director in April 2015, after seven years experience in creating and supporting interdisciplinary research as founding Director of two award-winning, interdisciplinary research training Centres at the interface between physical sciences and biomedicine.   He has a particular interest in the ways people from different countries, cultures, and disciplines create stimulating intellectual environments that promote paradigm-shifting research. 


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Sue Gilligan

Deputy Director and Manager
For further information on workshops, IAS development and facilities contact Sue:, (0121) 414 5997.



Advisory Group

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Professor John Bridgeman 

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Professor Éva Valsami-Jones 

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

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Professor Matthew Hilton 

College of Arts and Law

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Professor Damien Walmsley 

College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Kiran Trehan


Professor Kiran Trehan 

College of Social Sciences


IAS Postal Address:

The Institute of Advanced Studies
Room 111, A Block
Aston Webb Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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