Meet the Team

Professor Michael John Hannon MA (Cantab.), PhD

Professor Michael John Hannon

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.

Sue GilliganSue Gilligan

Deputy Director and Manager
For further information on workshops, IAS development and facilities contact Sue: / +44 (0)121 414 5997


LaurenLauren Rawlins

Institute Administrator
+44 (0)121 414 5908


Advisory Group

Professor Éva Valsami-JonesProfessor Éva Valsami-Jones
College of Life and Environmental Sciences



Professor Kiran TrehanProfessor Kiran Trehan 
College of Social Sciences



Professor Damien WalmsleyProfessor Damien Walmsley 
College of Medical and Dental Sciences



IAS Postal Address:

The Institute of Advanced Studies
Room 132, Aston Webb Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

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