Supervisors and module leaders

Please note this is not as exhaustive list as we regularly embark on new collaborations on both mini-projects and PhDs.

We have over 60 academics from across the university involved in our multi-disciplinary program. Names of some of these members are shown here. Expand each entry to see keywords illustrative of their research at the life sciences interface; and details of projects they supervise. Only full PhD projects are listed here; many of these academics also supervise first year mini-projects. 

Physical Scientists

Professor Liam Grover

Materials science; Chemical engineering; Bioresponsives; Orthopaedic applications

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Dr Rob Neely

Chemistry; Fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy

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Dr Anita Ghag

Development of novel, functional materials which have the potential to be used in bone tissue engineering applications.

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Dr Pola Goldberg-Oppenheimer

Chemical Engineering; Novel Lithographic Techniques, Structural Nanotechnology, Structured Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene-Based Devices.

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Professor Francisco Fernandez-Trillo

Chemistry; Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology 

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Professor Michael Hannon

Bioinorganic chemistry; supramolecular chemistry; metal-based drugs; DNA recognition; biological chemistry and chemical biology 

Professor Zoe Pikramenou

Chemistry; New molecular and nano sized  markers and probes: Development of functional metal and silica nano particles with targeting vectors

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Dr Anna Peacock

Bioinorganic chemistry and de novo peptide design. In particular, the development of novel metallopeptides with potential therapeutic applications. 

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Professor Helen Cooper

Development and application of mass spectrometry techniques for the characterisation of bio molecular and non-biomolecular structures 

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Professor Roy Johnston

Chemistry; simulation of solids, surfaces and clusters; modelling cluster growth and dynamics; nanoalloy clusters; electronic structures of inorganic and organic solids

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Professor Paula Mendes

Chemistry; nanoscience and nanotechnology; biomimetic materials for studies of cell behaviour; applications in medical imaging and catalysis 

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Professor Jon Preece

Supramolecular chemistry; nanoscale materials science for (i) electron beam resists; (ii) assembly of inorganic/ organic hybrid nanoparticles with novel electro-optic, structural and medicinal properties (gene delivery); (iii) liquid crystals; (iv) surfaces used in technological applications 


Professor Jim Tucker

Supramolecular chemistry; ferrocene chemistry; photochromic systems; hydrogen-bonding receptors 

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Dr Alex Robinson

Development of new materials and techniques for nanofabrication, novel devices and nanopatterned surfaces 

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Dr Carl Anthony

Microsystems engineering, Micro-Sensor arrays, Energy Harvesting, Focused Ion Beam microfabrication techniques. 

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Dr Daniel Espino

Bio-medical Engineering, computational modelling and mechanical testing of connective tissues

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Computational Scientists

Professor Hamid Dehghani

Computer science; physiological measurements; optical imaging; image reconstruction; molecular imaging

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Dr Iain Styles

Computer science; Image Analysis, Mass Spectrometry Imaging, and Intelligent data analysis & optimisation

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Professor Ales Leonardis

Computer Science; Computational vision 

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Professor Ela Claridge

Computer science; multi spectral imaging, physics of image formation, quantitative fluorescence microscopy, biomedical image analysis, modelling

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Dr Ata Kaban

Computer science; statistical machine learning; data mining; high dimensional data spaces; probabilistic modelling of data; Bayesian inference 

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Dr Peter Tino

Artificial intelligence; machine learning; neural networks; evolutionary computation; bioinformatics; computational biology; intelligent methods for pattern recognition; molecular biology, computational models of dynamical systems

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Biomedical Scientists

Dr Steve Thomas

Cardiorespiratory science; actin dynamics; megakaryocytes; visualising the dynamics of proteins in live platelets for study of the cytoskeleton; actin nodules

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Professor Janet Lord

Medicine; immune senescence, chronic inflammation, leukaemia

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Professor Ann Logan

Medicine; Neurodegeneration and repair of the damaged and diseased central nervous system

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Professor Gerard Nash

Medicine; haemodynamics, vascular biology, blood rheology

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Professor Damien Walmsley 

Dentistry; ultrasonics, bio-effects; imaging of vibration characteristics; biological effects of low-frequency (kHz) ultrasonic instruments 

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Professor Steve Watson

Cardiovascular sciences and cellular pharmacology; physiological and pathological features and roles of platelets in activation by glycoprotein receptors; actin polymerisation; angiogenesis; cancer metastasis; major organ dysfunction; stem cell recruitment

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Dr Nigel Davies

Child health; functional Imaging and metabolomics of childhood cancer; magnetic resonance spectroscopy metabolite profiles for characterising childhood tumours  

Professor Jon Frampton

Stem cell biology; processes causing failures of stem cell regulation 

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Professor Kevin Chipman

Mechanistic cellular and genetic toxicology, toxic genomics and nanotoxicology in relation to both human health and the health of organisms in the aquatic environment. 

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Dr Andrew Filer

Inflammation and inflammatory disease; predictive and therapeutic approaches to the treatment of inflammatory arthritis including roles of stromal fibroblast cells in regulating the switch to persistence 

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Professor Paulus Kirchhof

Cardiovascular sciences; novel molecular mechanisms of heart disease; controlled clinical trials to translate pathophysiological insights into new therapies for heart disease; the evaluation and improvement of clinical management of patients with heart disease, especially cardiomyopathies, heart failure, and arrhythmias 

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Professor Gabriel Landini

Dentistry; applied fractal principles to study morphological complexity; image segmentation; quantitative measurement and focusing

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Professor Ferenc Mueller

Reproduction, genes and development; molecular mechanisms of transcription regulation in the vertebrate embryo; comparative and functional genomic tools to address the interaction specificity of transcription factors

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Dr Rachel Sammons

Surface interactions between mammalian cells and bacteria and biomaterials – especially titanium and hydroxyapatite, for bone repair and the prevention of infection

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Professor Owen Addison

Biomedical materials science with a particular interest in the behaviour of materials in physiological environments

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Dr Simon Wyn Jones

Inflammatory and metabolic mechanisms, skeletal muscle dysfunction and atrophy in chronic disease and understanding the functional role of non-coding RNAs in mediating inflammatory responses. 

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Professor Antonio Belli

Neurobiochemistry and neuromonitoring of acute brain injury, early markers of tissue damage for the prevention of secondary injury after trauma and subarachnoid haemorrhage, patient stratification and drug discovery. 

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Dr Ben Scheven

Dental pulp and bone cell biology, mesenchymal stem cells in tissue repair and regeneration, nerve repair and neuronal stem cell differentiation, therapeutic ultrasound and oral cancer.

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Professor David Adams

Tumour Immunology and Immune/Gene Therapy

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Dr Larissa Fabritz

Novel mechanisms of heart disease and performs translational research towards mechanism-based therapies of cardiovascular diseases. 

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Dr Davor Pavlovic

Molecular mechanisms of ion transport in the heart; heart failure, arrhythmias and cardiorenal syndrome.

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