Staff within this research area

Staff within the BIFoR and Environmental Sciences research area in the School of Biosciences

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor, Chair of Environmental Genomics

School of Biosciences

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

Professor Mark Viant

Professor Mark Viant

Professor of Metabolomics
Director of Phenome Centre Birmingham and NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Metabolomics Node
Past President of the International Metabolomics Society

School of Biosciences

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

Professor Warwick Dunn

Professor Warwick Dunn

Professor of Analytical and Clinical Metabolomics
Director of the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre
Director of Mass Spectrometry, Phenome Centre Birmingham

School of Biosciences

Professor 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 diseases ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5458
Email
w.dunn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences

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 humans) ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45040
Email
s.k.thorpe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luisa Orsini

Dr Luisa Orsini

Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change
Director of the Environmental Omics Sequencing Facility, University of Birmingham

School of Biosciences

My research aims to identify evolutionary responses of aquatic organisms to climatic and other anthropogenic changes and predict species adaptive potential, hence survival, to future changes. To meet this goal I study the keystone species Daphnia magna, widespread in freshwater ecosystems and sentinel for water quality. One of the most fascinating aspects of D. magnalife cycle is the production ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4145894
Email
l.orsini@bham.ac.uk

Professor Alice Roberts

Professor Alice Roberts

Professor of Public Engagement in Science

School of Biosciences

Alice Roberts is an anatomist, author and broadcaster. Her research interests focus on evolutionary anatomy, osteoarchaeology and palaeopathology. She has considerable experience in science communication: she has presented several landmark series on the BBC and written seven popular science books.

Email
roberamy@bham.ac.uk

Andrew D. W. Tongue

Doctoral Researcher

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) are a group of halogenated organic chemical additives that, for several decades, have been applied to a comprehensive range of potentially-combustible manufactured products worldwide, including plastics, wood, paper, textiles, furnishings, building materials and electrical goods, to meet and comply with fire safety codes, standards and regulations.

BFRs are ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7298
Email
axt571@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nik Hodges

Dr Nik Hodges

Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences

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 Julia P Myatt

Dr Julia P Myatt

Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology and Morphology
First Year Teaching Coordinator
PASS Academic Lead

School of Biosciences

Dr Julia Myatt is a lecturer in Behavioural Ecology and Morphology and teaches on a range of modules, including field courses, across all Undergraduate years.

Julia is also the First Year Teaching Coordinator (Tutor) and overseas all academic matters (inlcuding PASS) during the first year.

Her research interests have focused on the morphology-behaviour-habitat interface in non-human Great Apes ...

Telephone
+ 44 (0)121 414 5598
Email
j.p.myatt@bham.ac.uk

Dr Leda Mirbahai

Dr Leda Mirbahai

Birmingham Fellow in Epigenomics

School of Biosciences

Dr Mirbahai was appointed as a Birmingham Fellow in 2015. Her research focuses on using cutting edge technologies, such as high throughput sequencing to answer questions about the role of epigenetic factors in health and disease and chemical risk assessment. Her research spans from characterising the role of epigenetic factors in accelerating ageing to environmental toxico-epigenomics. 

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 8699
Email
l.mirbahai@bham.ac.uk

Dr Scott Hayward

Dr Scott Hayward

Lecturer - Molecular Ecophysiology

School of Biosciences

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 and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47147
Email
s.a.hayward@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jim Reynolds

Dr Jim Reynolds

Lecturer in Ornithology and Animal Conservation

School of Biosciences

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 employs ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 43639
Email
j.reynolds.2@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jackie Chappell

Dr Jackie Chappell

Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour

School of Biosciences

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

Dr Roland Brandstaetter

Dr Roland Brandstaetter

Senior Lecturer in Animal Biology

School of Biosciences

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 Jeff Bale

Professor Jeff Bale

Professor of Environmental Biology

School of Biosciences

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