People within MCSH 

Collectively, MCSH researchers are expert molecular cell biologists, bioinformaticians, chemists, biochemists, cell biologists, developmental biologists, geneticists, and neurobiologists. 

Dr Saverio Brogna

Dr Saverio Brogna

Senior Lecturer in RNA biology
Group Leader

Saverio is Senior Lecturer in RNA biology. He is interested in understanding the fundamental process of gene expression, specifically, the mechanisms that link transcription, pre-mRNA processing and translation in eukaryotes. His group studies these mechanisms in Drosophila and yeast, using cell molecular biology combined with cutting edge high-throughput technologies such as ChIP-seq and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45569
Email
s.brogna@bham.ac.uk

Dr Pawel Grzechnik

Dr Pawel Grzechnik

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Group leader

Dr Grzechnik joined the School of Biosciences in October 2016. His lab is supported by a Sir Henry Dale Career Development Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. Pawel is interested in various aspects of nuclear RNA biology with a special focus on transcriptional processes. His aim is to understand the role of RNA metabolism in regulation of gene expression in normal and diseased eukaryotic ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3669
Email
p.l.grzechnik@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Bunce

Professor Chris Bunce

Professor of Translational Cancer Biology
Head of School

Chris is Professor of Translational Cancer Biology, and previously Research Director for the charity Bloodwise (formally called Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research). His research focuses on blood cancers, with a particular interest in biologically targeted cancer therapy approaches. These kinds of approaches combined with better understanding of the biologicial heterogeneity of cancers both between ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5402
Email
c.m.bunce@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics

Dr Coates aims to understand plant development and evolution. Her team uses Arabidopsis, moss and seaweeds to address the fundamental question of how plants made the transition to land. Research highlights include uncovering molecular mechanisms enabling early-diverging land plants to disperse and colonise the earth, and identifying new genes allowing plants to regulate their root architecture

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45478
Email
j.c.coates@bham.ac.uk

Professor Helen J. Cooper

Professor Helen J. Cooper

Professor of Mass Spectrometry
Deputy Head of School
EPSRC Established Career Fellow

Helen is Professor of Mass Spectrometry and EPSRC Established Career Fellow. Her research focuses on the development and application of advanced mass spectrometry for the analysis of biomolecules, particularly peptides and proteins. Current areas of research include liquid extraction surface analysis of biological substrates such as dried blood spots, thin tissue sections and bacterial colonies; ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47527
Email
h.j.cooper@bham.ac.uk

Dr Debbie Cunningham

Dr Debbie Cunningham

Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology and Signalling

Debbie is a Lecturer in Cancer Biology, Cell Signalling and Proteomics. A major focus of her research is the use of quantitative mass spectrometry based proteomic techniques to identify global or targeted phosphorylation events, and protein-protein interactions that occur during cell signalling. Debbie is particularly interested in understanding the impact of unregulated phosphorylation on ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2652
Email
d.cunningham@bham.ac.uk

Dr Warwick Dunn

Dr Warwick Dunn

Senior Lecturer in Metabolomics
Director of Mass Spectrometry, Phenome Centre Birmingham
Co-Director, Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre

Warwick (Rick) is a Senior Lecturer in Metabolomics, Director of Mass Spectrometry in the Phenome Centre-Birmingham, Director of the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, and theme leader in the MRC Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing. His research focuses on the development of new analytical chemistry and computational tools for studying metabolism at the holistic and ...

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

Dr Yun Fan

Dr Yun Fan

Senior Lecturer in Cell and Developmental Genetics

Yun is a Birmingham Fellow. By combining high-resolution microscopy with molecular and genetic approaches, his group aims to dissect signalling events and molecular mechanisms that coordinate cell death and cell proliferation, two fundamental processes relevant to regeneration and tumourigenesis. Yun’s research is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 48513
Email
y.fan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alicia Hidalgo

Dr Alicia Hidalgo

Reader in Developmental Neurobiology

Alicia is Reader in Developmental Neurobiology and aims to understand fundamental principles underlying the link between brain structure and function, focusing on structural plasticity, i.e. how cells regulate survival, death, proliferation, size and shape, to ensure appropriate brain size, connectivity, synaptic structure, function, and behaviour, in development, and upon injury. The fruit-fly ...

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

Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology and his research focuses on understanding how cellular interaction with the extracellular matrix regulates cell function. In particular he is interested in the role played by small GTP-binding proteins of the Rho family in integrating signals within the cell and how this relates to disease processes such as cancer. Neil’s lab has published ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45412
Email
n.a.hotchin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Aditi Kanhere

Dr Aditi Kanhere

Group Leader

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 Carol Murphy

Dr Carol Murphy

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Biological Imaging

Carol is a Senior Lecturer in Advanced Biological Imaging in the School of Biosciences. Her main interest focuses on the role of the endocytic pathway in TGF-b/Activin receptor signalling due to their involvement in angiogenesis, carcinogenesis and development. She is especially interested in understanding the role of endocytic trafficking during pluripotency and differentiation and therefore ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 9019
Email
c.e.murphy@bham.ac.uk

Dr Farhat Khanim

Dr Farhat Khanim

Research Fellow/Group Leader

Farhat is a Research Fellow. Her research focuses on the development of novel therapies for haematological malignancies. A particular area of interest is the exploitation of drug redeployment strategies using off-patent drugs to provide affordable therapies that can be exploited by all including the world’s poorer nations. Working on leukaemia and Burkitts Lymphoma which is the most common ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3770
Email
f.l.khanim@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Birmingham Fellow

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Lindsey Leach is a quantitative geneticist and develops novel theory and experimental methods to dissect the genetic basis of complex quantitative traits in plant, animal or human populations. Her work contributes to food security by enabling complex traits to be mapped in polyploid crop species, which include autotetraploid potato, the world’s third most important food crop. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5883
Email
l.j.leach@bham.ac.uk

Dr Steve Publicover

Dr Steve Publicover

Reader

Steve is Reader in Reproductive Physiology. His group studies cell signalling and regulation of motility in human sperm. He is particularly interested in the roles of membrane ion channels and Ca2+stores in generation of the signals, which regulate the sperm’s behavior, enabling it to respond appropriately to external cues, navigate the female tract and penetrate the barriers that surround ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45455
Email
s.j.publicover@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthias Soller

Dr Matthias Soller

Lecturer

Matthias is Senior Lecturer and his laboratory is interested in the regulatory mechanisms that generate molecular and cellular diversity through alternative splicing of mRNAs in the brain. A major focus of our research is to elaborate the function of the ELAV/Hu family of RNA binding proteins; in particular how each of these very similar proteins acquires gene-specific functions and how they ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45905
Email
m.soller@bham.ac.uk

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Senior Lecturer
MSci programme co-ordinator

Mike is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biosciences and is affiliated with the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences in the Medical School.  His research focuses on signalling and adhesion proteins on the surface of platelets and endothelial cells, and in particular their regulation by tetraspanin ‘organisers’ and the ‘molecular scissor’ ADAM10.  The ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 42507
Email
m.g.tomlinson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Wheatley

Professor Mark Wheatley

Chair of Biochemical Pharmacology

Mark is Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology. His research addresses the structure and function of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) which are the therapeutic target of 40-50 % of clinically prescribed drugs. Using a multi-disciplinary approach combining pharmacology, molecular biology and peptide chemistry he has identified key residues and domains in peptide-GPCRs required for agonist ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 43981
Email
m.wheatley@bham.ac.uk