School of Biosciences staff by research theme - School of Biosciences

Staff in the School of Biosciences divided into the three school research themes:

BioSystems and Environmental Change

Professor Jeff Bale

Professor Jeff Bale

Professor of Environmental Biology
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

Professor Jeff Bale is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of invertebrate thermal biology. His work covers both fundamental aspects such as strategies for survival in polar environments as well as the applications of thermal tolerance including the establishment potential of non-native biological control agents. Jeff has over 200 publications and supervised 50 doctoral ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5940

Email j.s.bale@bham.ac.uk

Dr Roland Brandstaetter

Dr Roland Brandstaetter

Senior Lecturer in Animal Biology

Dr Roland Brandstaetter is a Zoologist with specialisations in developmental biology, physiology, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, and circadian biology. His research approach is holistic and considers mechanistic investigations at various levels of organismal organisation to study complex natural traits. He worked at several European Universities and Max-Planck-Institutes before taking a ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45041

Email r.brandstaetter@bham.ac.uk

Professor Pat Butler

Professor Pat Butler

Emeritus Professor of Zoology

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45470

Email p.j.butler@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jackie Chappell

Dr Jackie Chappell

Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour

Dr Chappell is an expert in the field of animal cognition, and is involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching between the fields of biology, psychology and computer science.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3257

Email j.m.chappell@bham.ac.uk

Professor James Kevin Chipman

Professor James Kevin Chipman

Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Head of College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Cell Toxicology

My main commitment at the University of Birmingham is as Head of College of Life and Environmental Sciences, working with committed colleagues towards excellence with impact. We are moving ahead with new research initiatives expanding on our research strengths within the four schools of Psychology, Biosciences, Sport and Exercise Sciences and Geography, Earth and Environmental ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45422

Email j.k.chipman@bham.ac.uk

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor, Chair of Environmental Genomics

John Colbourne’s investigations encompass the fields of evolutionary ecology, high-throughput biology, environmental and functional genomics. From this blend of disciplines emerges a research program that centers on connecting gene expression and genome structure with individual fitness and population-level responses to environmental challenges.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5423

Email j.k.colbourne@bham.ac.uk

Dr Warwick Dunn

Dr Warwick Dunn

Lecturer in Metabolomics

Dr Warwick (Rick) Dunn’s research group focuses on developing innovative chromatography, mass spectrometry, sample collection and computational resources and their application in the study of the complex role of metabolites in human ageing and diseases. Areas of biomedical study include endocrinology, inflammation and immunology including musculoskeletal health, cardio-renal ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5923

Email w.dunn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Scott Hayward

Dr Scott Hayward

Lecturer - Molecular Ecophysiology

Dr Hayward’s research group seeks to understand how organisms cope with variable and stressful environments. Temperate, polar and tropical terrestrial invertebrates (insects, mites and nematodes) are the primary focus of this endeavour. His lab uses state-of-the-art tools, and a systems biology approach, to investigate how these organisms detect, repair and stabilize the cellular ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 47147

Email s.a.hayward@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nik Hodges

Dr Nik Hodges

Lecturer

Dr Nik Hodges is interested in the mechanisms of genetic toxicology, cellular oxidative stress and repair of oxidative DNA damage and his lab was the first to identify that the variant form of the repair protein OGG1 is repair deficient under conditions of oxidative stress which could have important consequences for individual susceptibilty to cancer.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45906

Email n.hodges@bham.ac.uk

Dr Francesco Michelangeli

Dr Francesco Michelangeli

Senior Lecturer

I am the current head of Biochemistry degree programmes.

I am in the molecular and cellular biology research theme.

My research field is in calcium signalling.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45398

Email f.michelangeli@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luisa Orsini

Dr Luisa Orsini

Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change

I am a Lecturer in Biosystems and Environmental Change at the University of Birmingham and building my research group. I have always been at the forefront of multidisciplinary research and work with world class researchers. My research interest is understanding how natural populations adapt and evolve in response to environmental changes. The main objective of my current research is to identify ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 4145894

Email l.orsini@bham.ac.uk

Professor Malcolm Press

Professor Malcolm Press

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 48853

Email m.c.press@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jim Reynolds

Dr Jim Reynolds

Lecturer in Ornithology and Animal Conservation

Dr Jim Reynolds has worked on the reproductive biology and the nutritional ecology of birds from many different and diverse orders including passerines, geese, grouse, kingfishers and terns. He has worked in North America and in mainland Europe in investigating how human activity influences food availability and the resulting changes in avian reproductive investment and life histories. He ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 43639

Email j.reynolds.2@bham.ac.uk

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Senior Lecturer

Dr Thorpe's expertise lies in the field of ecmorphology. Her research is about understanding how organisms get to be built the way they are built, and the consequences of their design for patterns of resource use, interactions with other species, and for patterns of evolution. Specific themes in her lab at present are the evolution of human bipedalism; how animals (including ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45040

Email s.k.thorpe@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Viant

Professor Mark Viant

Professor of Metabolomics
Director of NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Metabolomics Node
President of the international Metabolomics Society

60 second video iconProfessor Mark Viant’s expertise lies in the field of metabolomics. His research spans from method development in analytical chemistry and bioinformatics through to the application of metabolomics to environmental toxicology.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 42219

Email m.viant@bham.ac.uk

Microbiology and Infection

Dr Luke Alderwick

Dr Luke Alderwick

Lecturer
Director of the Birmingham Drug Discovery Facility

In 2010 Dr Luke Alderwick was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology and he is one of the youngest members of academic staff in the School of Biosciences. His many research interests revolve around understanding the biochemistry and molecular genetics of cell wall assembly in Mycobacterium tuberculosis,which is the causative bacterial agent of TB infections. ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45472

Email l.alderwick@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gurdyal Besra

Professor Gurdyal Besra

Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry

Professor Besra heads a world-leading multidisciplinary team investigating key aspects of the microbial physiology of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell wall and the potential role of iNKT/CD1d therapeutics. He has been awarded and successfully managed over 35 research grants valued at over £11 million from The Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 58125

Email g.besra@bham.ac.uk

Dr Apoorva Bhatt

Dr Apoorva Bhatt

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
Program Leader- MSc Microbiology and Infection

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr. Bhatt is a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biosciences. A prestigious Fellowship- a Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council-enabled him to set up his research group at the University of Birmingham in 2006. Dr.Bhatt’s research interests include studying pathogenic mycobacteria and how they cause disease, with a particular focus on Mycobacteri ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45893

Email a.bhatt@bham.ac.uk

Professor Steve Busby

Professor Steve Busby

Professor of Biochemistry
Head of School

Research in Steve Busby’s lab is concerned with understanding the molecular mechanisms that control gene expression in bacteria, with particular attention to studying the regulation of transcription initiation in Escherichia coli. Much of the recent work has focussed on the expression of virulence determinants in pathogenic strains.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45402

Email s.j.w.busby@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jeff Cole

Professor Jeff Cole

Emeritus Professor of Microbiology

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45440

Email j.a.cole@bham.ac.uk

Professor Adam Cunningham

Professor Adam Cunningham

Professor of Functional Immunity

Adam Cunningham is a researcher based in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ School of Immunity and Infection. In addition he is part of the vaccinology and immunomodulation theme in the newly formed cross-College Institute of Microbiology and Infection and a member of the well established MRC Centre for Immune Regulation.

Adam’s research primarily focuses on the ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4068

Email a.f.cunningham@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Grainger

Dr David Grainger

Reader in Molecular Microbiology

Dr Grainger is an expert in the field of bacterial chromosome biology. He relocated his laboratory to the University of Birmingham in March 2011 having previously established a successful research group at the University of Warwick. He is a life-long supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and attributes his capacity to cope with the frequent disappointments that befall a research scientist to ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45437

Email d.grainger@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca A Hall

Dr Rebecca A Hall

MRC CDA Fellow

Rebecca joined the University of Birmingham as a fellow in March 2014, and is supported by an independent MRC Career Development Award. With expertise in fungal molecular biology, host-pathogen interactions and environmental sensing, Rebecca is interested in researching what she terms fungal neighbourhood watch. Rebecca has worked on a variety of organisms, investigating how they orchestrate ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45581

Email r.a.hall@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ian Henderson

Professor of Microbial Biology

Ian Henderson is Professor of Microbial Biology in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. 

Ian has published over 70 articles in the fields of bacteriology, biochemistry and infection immunology. He has received major grants from the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnolofy and Biological Sciences Research Council. 

Ian is ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4368

Email i.r.henderson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Damon Huber

Dr Damon Huber

Birmingham Fellow

Damon Huber is interested in using a combination of biochemistry and molecular genetics to address complex biological problems in bacteria. The research in his lab is focused on the transport of proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec machinery in bacteria, protein folding, and the connection between folding and transport. Damon is a Birmingham Fellow who joined the Institute of ...

Email d.huber@bham.ac.uk

Dr Eva Hyde

Dr Eva Hyde

Senior lecturer, MSci programme co-ordinator, Module organiser for

Eva Hyde's research interests are how proteins recognise their appropriate ligands; this includes the recognition of substrates by enzymes and the binding of proteins to their cognate operator DNA and to other proteins. She has extensive experience in NMR spectroscopy and complementary biophysical techniques, such as fluorescence and circular dichroism, and, more recently, in small angle ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45393

Email e.i.hyde@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anne Marie Krachler

Dr Anne Marie Krachler

Birmingham Fellow and EMBO Fellow

Anne Marie Krachler - Research in 60 seconds videoAnne-Marie Krachler joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow and EMBO Fellow in 2012 and is based at the Institute of Microbiology and Infection within the School of Biosciences. Her lab studies interactions between bacterial pathogens and their host and how this knowledge can be used to fight bacterial infections and gain novel insight into eukaryotic signaling ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 7417

Email a.krachler@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft

Lecturer in Computational Biology

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft is a microbiologist turned mathematical modeller.

 

Lab website address: www.biosciences-labs.bham.ac.uk/kreftlab/index.html

For an up-to-date publication list see my Google Scholar page

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 48851

Email j.kreft@bham.ac.uk

David Lee

David Lee

Teaching and Research Fellow

Dr Lee’s research focuses on the regulation of gene expression in bacteria, with particular interest in understanding how the organized bacterial chromosome impacts on, and is impacted by, transcription events. In addition, he is interested in how horizontally acquired genes, particularly transcription factors, impact upon gene expression.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5439

Email d.lee@bham.ac.uk

Dr Julia Lodge

Dr Julia Lodge

Senior lecturer

As Head of the Biological Sciences Programmes I am responsible for the overall shape of the degree programme. I am also the Masters Programmes coordinator for the School of Biosciences.

My main academic interests are in Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology. I teach microbiology, focusing on bacteria and their role in human health and disease.

One of my other ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45482

Email j.m.lodge@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Lovering

Dr Andrew Lovering

Lecturer

I am a recently appointed lecturer and my research interests involve utilising structural biology (and related techniques) to investigate protein function – many of these projects involve the unusual predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio; see “Research” below and be enthused!

I have been awarded EMBO Young Investigator status for 2014-2017; prospective PhD ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45419

Email a.lovering@bham.ac.uk

Dr Pete Lund

Dr Pete Lund

Reader in Molecular Microbiology

Research in our group focusses on stress responses, using prokaryotes as model systems, and using a range of appropriate methods to understand both the mechanistic details and the adaptive significance of different aspects of organismal responses to stress.  We have specific interests in molecular chaperones and in acid stress responses, and also a more general interest in methods ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45583/+44 (0)121 41 45925

Email p.a.lund@bham.ac.uk

Professor Lynne Macaskie

Professor Lynne Macaskie

Professor of Applied Microbiology

Lynne Macaskie has been working for more than 25 years on applications of microorganisms in various areas of Biotechnology for the Environment. Her interests range from bioremediation of xenobiotics and heavy metals through to nuclear waste treatment and biomineral encapsulation and barrier agents for this.

Over the last 15 years she has moved into hydrogen ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45889

Email l.e.macaskie@bham.ac.uk

Professor Robin May

Professor Robin May

Lister Fellow & Professor of Infectious Disease

I am Professor of Infectious Disease and Lister Fellow in the School of Biosciences. My research centres on human infectious diseases, with a particular focus on the molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45418

Email r.c.may@bham.ac.uk

Dr Steve Minchin

Dr Steve Minchin

Senior Lecturer
Academic Director - Birmingham Foundation Academy

Dr Steve Minchin has an interest in transcriptional control at both the molecular and genomic level. He has a strong interest in research-led teaching, innovation and quality management. In 2009 he was awarded the Head of Schools’ Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45438/+44 (0)121 41 51102

Email s.d.minchin@bham.ac.uk

Professor David E Minnikin

Professor David E Minnikin

Emeritus Professor of Microbial Chemistry


Professor David Minnikin is an expert on the chemistry of the lipids of mycobacteria, particularly those of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. He was the originator of the definitive model of the mycobacterial cell envelope and showed that constituent long-chain mycolic acids fold specifically to form the basis of a characteristic outer membrane. He has shown that it is ...

Telephone 0121 415 8126

Email d.e.minnikin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tim Overton

Dr Tim Overton

Lecturer

Dr Tim Overton is a biochemist and molecular microbiologist who is interested in applying molecular biology and single-cell techniques to understand and develop bioprocesses. He is active in microbial flow cytometry research and collaborates widely with bioprocess engineers, molecular microbiologists, cell biologists and environmental microbiologists to develop new methods of answering ...

Telephone (+44) (0) 121 414 5306

Email t.w.overton@bham.ac.uk

Professor Laura Piddock

Professor Laura Piddock

Professor of Microbiology
Deputy Director, Institute of Microbiology and Infection
BSAC Chair in Public Engagement

Laura Piddock is Professor of Microbiology. Since she started her PhD in 1982, she has been at the forefront of antimicrobial research. Laura started her career in a clinical environment and has successfuly integrated this background with academic research. She has published 151 original articles in international peer reviewed journals, 36 invited review articles, 41 research ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6966

Email l.j.v.piddock@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Thomas

Professor Chris Thomas

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Chris Thomas - Research in 60 seconds videoProfessor Thomas joined the University of Birmingham in 1980 as a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics and has been Professor of Molecular Genetics since 1991. He is an internationally recognised authority on bacterial plasmid and mobile DNA and within the university has championed Biotechnology. He was also a founder of the successful Medici Programme that encourages development of ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45903

Email c.m.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kerstin Voelz

Dr Kerstin Voelz

Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology

Dr Voelz is a lecturer in eukaryotic microbiology with a research interest in host-pathogen interactions. She investigates how fungal pathogens circumvent and hijack innate immune responses to establish disease using a zebrafish larval model. In particular she aims to decode how fungi initiate spore germination, why the immune system sometimes fails to inhibit this process and how this ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5561

Email k.voelz@bham.ac.uk

Dr Mark Webber

Dr Mark Webber

Senior Research Fellow

Marks research is focused on antimicrobial action and resistance with specific interests in bacterial evolution in response to stress, mechanisms of biofilm formation and transferrable resistance as well as numerous other smaller areas of study. Mark co-heads the Antimicrobials Research Group with Professor Laura Piddock.

www.antimicrobialagentsresearchgroup.com

...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 2859

Email m.a.webber@bham.ac.uk

Molecular Cell Biology and Signalling

Professor John Heath

Professor John Heath

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Estates and Infrastructure)
Director of the Centre for Systems Biology

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 47533

Email j.k.heath@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Bunce

Professor Chris Bunce

Professor of Experimental Haematological Oncology

Professor Chris Bunce Directs a translational research group dedicated to the development of novel therapies for leukaemias and lymphomas. A particular focus is the exploitation of drug redeployment strategies using off- patent drugs to provide affordable therapies that can be exploited by all including the worlds poorer nations.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 43770

Email c.m.bunce@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow 2013-14

My research interest is in understanding development and evolution, particularly in plants. I run a small research group who work primarily with moss and Arabidopsis; we also grow liverworts, spikemoss, grasses, green seaweeds and microalgae. We use molecular genetics, cell biology, developmental biology and ‘omics approaches to understand gene and protein function in these ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45478

Email j.c.coates@bham.ac.uk

Dr Saverio Brogna

Dr Saverio Brogna

Lecturer in RNA biology
Group Leader

I am a Lecturer in RNA biology. My group's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that connect pre-mRNA processing with translation and Nonsense Mediated mRNA Decay (NMD). A second interest of the laboratory is understanding the functions of ribosomes and ribosomal preoteins within the nucleus.

Lab page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brognalab/6460455520 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45569

Email s.brogna@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Birmingham Fellow

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Leach joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2012 and is based in the Plant Genetics and Cell Biology group in the School of Biosciences. Her work involves using statistical genetics and bioinformatic approaches to dissecting the genetic architecture of quantitative trait variation.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5883

Email l.j.leach@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alicia Hidalgo

Dr Alicia Hidalgo

Reader in Developmental Neurobiology

Alicia Hidalgo - Research in 60 seconds videoOur lab aims to understand how the nervous system – including the brain – is formed and works.




Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45416

Email a.hidalgo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Neil Hotchin

Dr Neil Hotchin

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology
Director of Graduate Research, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dr Hotchin is a cell biologist with an interest in normal epithelial cell function and in understanding the processes that contribute to diseases such as cancer. He has published a number of high impact papers on the role of small GTP-binding proteins in control of epithelial cell function. In addition to his research and teaching activities, Dr Hotchin is also currently Director of ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45412

Email n.a.hotchin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Aditi Kanhere

Dr Aditi Kanhere

Dr Aditi Kanhere’s research focuses on understanding how non-coding RNA, transcription factors and epigenetic modifications regulate gene expression changes in normal and diseased conditions. Her laboratory integrates cutting-edge genomics technologies with computational methods to understand mechanisms of transcription regulation in cancer.

Kanhere lab website: ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45896

Email a.kanhere@bham.ac.uk

Professor R.H. (Bob) Michell

Professor R.H. (Bob) Michell

Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
formerly Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Birmingham

Since the 1960s Bob Michell has been one of the pioneers in revealing the diverse biological functions of inositol lipids in eukaryote cells.  He had major roles in establishing that receptor-controlled phospholipase C hydrolysis of PtdIns(4,5)P2 is a signaling reaction and that PtdIns(3,5)P2 is a regulator of intracellular trafficking processes. 

Telephone +44 (0)741 1792640 /+44 (0)121 4721356

Email r.h.michell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Francesco Michelangeli

Dr Francesco Michelangeli

Senior Lecturer

I am the current head of Biochemistry degree programmes.

I am in the molecular and cellular biology research theme.

My research field is in calcium signalling.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45398

Email f.michelangeli@bham.ac.uk

Dr Steve Publicover

Dr Steve Publicover

Reader

Dr Steve Publicover is an internationally-recognised expert on sperm physiology and signalling events in sperm initiated by sperm-egg interaction.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45455

Email s.j.publicover@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joshua Rappoport

Dr Joshua Rappoport

60 second video iconFor over fifteen years Dr Rappoport's research has focused upon the mechanisms by which biologically relevant molecules traffic into and out of cells.  In particular Dr Rappoport's lab develops and applies innovative microscopy techniques to visualise the internalisation into cells of cargo relevant to human health.  Along with collaborators at The University of ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 49019

Email j.rappoport@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthias Soller

Dr Matthias Soller

Senior Lecturer

My prime research interest is how the information encoded in chromosomes instructs building of the most complex organ, the brain, and allows an organism to perform elaborate tasks.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45905

Email m.soller@bham.ac.uk

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Mike Tomlinson has an international reputation in the two fields of platelets and cell surface biology, and has published in numerous edited books and scientific journals in these areas. He has been invited to speak at major international conferences, including Gordon Research and FASEB Summer Conferences in the United States, and organised the 4thEuropean Conference on ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 42507

Email m.g.tomlinson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Wheatley

Professor Mark Wheatley

Chair of Biochemical Pharmacology

Professor Mark Wheatley has an international reputation for his research into the structure and function of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). He has national and international collaborations with both academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 43981

Email m.wheatley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Yun Fan

Dr Yun Fan

Birmingham Fellow
Principal Investigator

Dr Yun Fan’s research interest centers on understanding how cell death, cell proliferation, and cell differentiation are coordinated to maintain tissue homeostasis.  This has important implications for cancer development and tissue regeneration.  As one of our Birmingham Fellows recruited worldwide, he joined us and established his laboratory at Birmingham in November ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 48513

Email y.fan@bham.ac.uk

Plant Genetics and Cell Biology

Dr Sue Armstrong

Dr Sue Armstrong

Senior Lecturer

My interests are focused on genome evolution and meiosis in both model plants and crops. In 1995 I setup a molecular cytogenetics laboratory with my colleague Paul Fransz (now at University of Amsterdam) and with advice from our colleague Gareth Jones. In the last 15 years we have trained many European colleagues and last year we were awarded a European collaborative project to investigate ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 46485

Email s.j.armstrong@bham.ac.uk

Dr George W. Bassel

Dr George W. Bassel

Birmingham Fellow

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoGeorge Bassel was appointed as a Birmingham Fellow in 2012. His group focuses on understanding how genes change the shape of plant cells. Using seed germination as a model system, Dr. Bassel is uncovering gene regulatory networks that control cell shape changes, and how these networks are influenced be the environment.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 42502

Email g.w.bassel@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jim Callow

Professor Jim Callow

Emeritus Professor of Botany

Professor Callow is a leading international authority on the study of marine algae, with a focus on bioadhesion (how algal cells interact with and adhere to surfaces). In recent years the emphasis has been on interdisciplinary, collaborative investigations into the interactions between algal cells and micro/nanostructured materials, including those with 'biomimetic' implications, an area ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45559

Email j.a.callow@bham.ac.uk

Dr Maureen Callow

Dr Maureen Callow

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Maureen Callow is a leading expert in the area of biofouling (deterioration of artificial surfaces through the attachment of organisms), in particular fouling of ships’ hulls by algae. In recent years, research has focussed on understanding the processes of settlement and adhesion of algal cells to environmentally benign antifouling coatings, through collaborations with chemists and surface ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45579

Email m.e.callow@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow 2013-14

My research interest is in understanding development and evolution, particularly in plants. I run a small research group who work primarily with moss and Arabidopsis; we also grow liverworts, spikemoss, grasses, green seaweeds and microalgae. We use molecular genetics, cell biology, developmental biology and ‘omics approaches to understand gene and protein function in these ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45478

Email j.c.coates@bham.ac.uk

Professor Brian Ford-Lloyd

Professor Brian Ford-Lloyd

Emeritus Professor

His chosen research area includes the study of the natural genetic variation in plant populations and agricultural plant genetic resources and their conservation.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45565

Email b.ford-lloyd@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor of Plant Molecular Biology
Deputy Head of School of Biosciences

Chris Franklin is a leading expert on meiosis in plants. Work in his laboratory has made a major contribution to the understanding of how meiotic recombination is controlled in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. This knowledge is currently being transferred to crop species where the ability to modify genetic recombination will help plant breeders develop the new varieties that will be needed ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45910

Email f.c.h.franklin@bham.ac.uk

Professor Noni Franklin-Tong

Professor Noni Franklin-Tong

Emeritus Professor of Plant Cell Biology
Research Fellow

Noni Franklin-Tong’s research focuses on the cellular mechanisms involved in the model cell-cell recognition system of self-incompatibility (SI) in Papaver rhoeas(the Field Poppy). She is recognized at an international level for her work in the field of plant cell biology. Specifically she has made major contributions to the field of self-incompatibility, a field that has high ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 43702

Email v.e.franklin-tong@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Birmingham Fellow

Daniel joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 as a Birmingham Fellow. His research centres on investigating how plants sense and respond to their environment, with a particular focus on the role that targeted protein degradation plays during plant growth, development and stress response.

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 5309

Email d.gibbs@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Birmingham Fellow

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Leach joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2012 and is based in the Plant Genetics and Cell Biology group in the School of Biosciences. Her work involves using statistical genetics and bioinformatic approaches to dissecting the genetic architecture of quantitative trait variation.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5883

Email l.j.leach@bham.ac.uk

Professor Zewei Luo

Professor Zewei Luo

Professor of Statistical Genetics and International Student Tutor

Professor Zewei Luo is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of Statistical Genetics. Research of his team has been focused on genetics of quantitative traits through theoretical and empirical approaches.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45404 (Office)/+44 (0)121 414 5460 (Lab)

Email z.luo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nigel Maxted

Dr Nigel Maxted

Senior Lecturer in Genetic Conservation

Nigel Maxted is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Genetic Conservation, with specific expertise in in situ and ex situ conservation techniques.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45571

Email n.maxted@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jeremy Pritchard

Dr Jeremy Pritchard

Senior Lecturer
Head of Education, School of Biosciences
Birmingham University Teaching Fellow (BUTF)

I am a senior lecturer in Biology at the University of Birmingham. My research career started with roots in Wales and currently focuses on aphids in Birmingham with stops in the USA, New Zealand and Europe in between. My teaching spans field ecology through to plant functional genomics.

As a card-carrying Darwinist I am involved in teaching evolution at ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45570

Email j.pritchard@bham.ac.uk