Our Staff

Head of Centre

Professor Ann Logan

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Professor of Molecular Neuroscience

Professor Logan is the Regenerative and Reconstructive Medicine Theme Lead for the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre; the Regenerative Medicine Theme Lead for the NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative in Trauma Management and also leads the Neuroscience and Ophthalmology Research Group based in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

Key members

Professor Tony Belli


Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Professor of Trauma Neurosurgery

Mr Belli graduated from Tor Vergata University in Rome with a degree in Medicine and Surgery. He completed a doctoral degree (MD) on neurobiochemistry of brain ischaemia and reperfusion at Tor Vergata University and then moved to the UK in 1994. He trained as a neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital. Between 2001 and 2003 he carried out a research fellowship in neuromonitoring at the Institute of Neurology in London.

Professor Nick Barnes

School of Pharmacy
Professor of Neuropharmacology

Professor Nicholas Barnes is Professor of Neuropharmacology within the Institute of Clinical Sciences, and has been at the University of Birmingham Medical School since 1991. He is a World renowned translational pharmacologist with a h-index of 46 and current grant income as PI over £2m. His research group investigate from cellular and molecular mechanisms to clinical trials. Professor Barnes is also the Principal Founder of Celentyx Ltd, a venture capital funded pharmaceutical research and development company focusing on diseases of the immune system and immuno-oncology.

Lt Col Richard Blanch

Richard Blanch is a Consultant Ophthalmologist in the British Army and an Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He has a particular interest in ocular trauma and works closely with the National Institute for Health Research Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (NIHR SRMRC) – a national centre for trauma research – where he leads the clinical research aiming to understand the causes of poor eyesight after injury and to improve the visual outcomes after retinal injury.

Professor Deborah Falla

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy

Professor Falla is an expert in rehabilitation science and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Her research utilises state of the art electrophysiological measures to evaluate the control of human movement and how it is affected or adapted in response to various states including pain, injury, fatigue and training. Her research interests also include optimising the management of musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in neck pain, low back pain, whiplash and headache.

Professor Liam Grover

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School of Chemical Engineering
Professor in Biomaterials Science

Professor Grover has been at the University of Birmingham since 2006. Prior to this time he was a Skeletal Health Scholar at McGill University, Montreal. His group (www.TRAILab.net) focuses on the application of materials science and chemical engineering to the design of novel technologies for the regeneration of tissues. He is also interested in the fundamental science behind the mechanical performance of both ceramics and soft solids and how they may be influenced by physiological conditions.

Professor Janet Lord

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Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Director of the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research

Janet Lord is Director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, a multidisciplinary research institute which brings together fundamental scientists and clinicians to translate understanding of the process of inflammation in to new treatments for chronic age-related inflammatory disease and the consequences of major trauma.

Her own research focusses on the dysregulation of immunity in old age, in particular the decline in neutrophil function and how this compromises the response to infection and tissue injury. She aims to understand the mechanism involved and to develop novel therapies to improve immunity in older adults.

Professor Tony Metcalfe

School of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Wound Healing

Tony Metcalfe is a Professor of Wound Healing and has published over 60 research papers in scientific journals and numerous abstracts, reviews and book chapters in different research and therapeutic areas including tissue repair, regenerative medicine and scar free healing, dermatology, ophthalmology, inflammation and oncology. He has received major grants from the MRCWellcome TrustWolfson FoundationFreemason’s Grand Charity.

Centre Members

Dr Zubair Ahmed

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience

Zubair Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience in the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing. His current focus for research is aligned with University identified priority areas of Immunology, Infection and Inflammation related to Trauma and in particular Neurotrauma. Some of his research projects are aimed at identifying the immune/inflammatory, metabolic and repair systems that determine the outcome of neurotrauma. He has developed an independent programme of research based on understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling repair and regeneration in the central nervous system

Dr Andy Bagshaw


School of Psychology
Director of the Birmingham University Imaging Centre

Dr Bagshaw's main interest is in developing and applying non-invasive neuroimaging methods to questions in clinical and behavioural neuroscience. Current work in the Multimodal Integration Group (MIG) focuses on using EEG-fMRI to understand the influence of ongoing brain activity on evoked and behavioural responses, and to examine the localisation and functional significance of electrophysiological discharges in epilepsy and sleep. The group is also working on methods to combine structural and functional brain networks in order to shed light on how sleep and epilepsy affect the brain.

Dr Alex Conner

Alex Conner

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences

Alex Conner has a degree and PhD in Molecular and Biological Sciences. He is the Director of Post-Graduate Taught Education for the College and has more than 18 years’ experience in research-intensive higher education. Alex is an educational leader and teacher for medicine and medical-related biosciences.


Dr Tom Clutton-Brock


Institute of Clinical SciencesSenior Lecturer

Research in clinical and laboratory based research into point-of-care testing, monitoring during cardiopulmonary bypass, respiratory control mechanisms, management of severe respiratory failure.

Professor Melanie Calvert

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Institute of Applied Health ResearchProfessor of Outcomes Methodology

Melanie Calvert, PhD, Professor of Outcomes Methodology at the University of Birmingham UK, has extensive experience in the design and analysis of clinical trials, trials methodology, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, economic evaluation and epidemiology. Her primary research interests are outcomes research, including the use of composite outcomes and best practice for patient reported outcome assessment in clinical trials and routine practice.

David Davies

Mr David Davies is a Clinical Lecturer in neurosurgery and at the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

Birmingham working in the field of traumatic brain injury with the NIHR SRMRC.

Dr Daniel Fulton

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Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Birmingham Fellow

Daniel Fulton is a Birmingham Fellow in the Neuroscience and Ophthalmology group of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing. Dr Fulton also holds an honorary appointment at the School of Life Science at the University of Warwick through his role as a Senior Research Fellow in the Science Cities Research Alliance.


Professor Georgios Gkoutos

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Chair of Clinical Bioinformatics

George Gkoutos is a Professor of Clinical Bioinformatics with interests in the general areas of clinical and biomedical informatics, computational biology, and integrative and translational research aiming at the discovery of molecular origins of human disease and the development of novel diagnostic and intervention strategies.

Dr Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Senior Lecturer

Paul Harrison is the Healing Foundation Senior Lecturer within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is a Past- President of the British Society of Haemostasis & Thrombosis (BSHT) and a Past-chairman of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Platelet Physiology Scientific and standardization committee. He has published over 130 papers and book chapters/reviews in his field. In 2010 Paul was featured as one of the top 100 healthcare scientists in the UK by the Department of Health.

Dr Lisa Hill


Institute of Clinical Sciences
Lecturer - Teaching & Research

Lisa Hill is a lecturer who specialises in developing and translating new treatments for ocular fibroproliferative disorders. Lisa is based within the Neuroscience & Ophthalmology group and her research interests are on the role of cytokines and growth factors in ocular scarring and ocular drug delivery.


Thomas JacksonThomas Jackson

Instiute of Inflammation and Ageing
Clinician Scientist in Geriatric Medicine

Dr Jackson is a geriatrician and clinician scientist.  He investigates cognitive disorders in general hospital settings (delirium and dementia) and how these affect both long term cognitive outcomes and the link with the ageing immune system.  He works in the Immunity and Ageing (Immunesenescence) research group within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing.


Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy


Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Senior Lecturer

Zsuzsanna Nagy is a Senior Lecturer in the Neurotrauma Research Group. Zsuzsanna has published over 50 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative diseases. Her grant income is partly from charitable organisations partly from industry. 



Professor Will PalinDSCN0213

School of Dentistry
Professor in Biomedical Materials Science

Will Palin is a Professor and Chair in Biomedical Materials Science at the School of Dentistry in the Institute of Clinical Sciences. His main area of research into photocurable materials used for both dental and wider biomaterial applications, has attracted grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Health Research and industry.

Dr Valentina Di Pietro

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing


Birmingham-Illinois BRIDGE fellow (Brain Trauma)

Dr Valentina Di Pietro is a Molecular Neuroscientist with experience in Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

During her PhD at the Catholic University of Rome, she specialised in the identification of biomarkers for the diagnosis of mild, repeated and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of trauma.



Dr Alison Rushton rushton-a-Cropped-230x230 (1)

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Reader in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences,

Alison is Deputy Director and Research Co-Lead of the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine). CPR Spine was established at the University of Birmingham in 2016 following a ~£1M investment awarded to Professor Falla and Dr Rushton. The aim of the Centre is to identify personalised management approaches for spinal pain taking into consideration the multidimensional nature of spinal pain.

Professor Rachel Upthegrove


School of Psychology
Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health

Rachel is Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health at the University of Birmingham, and Consultant Psychiatrist in the Birmingham Early Intervention Services. Her research Interest is within the field of major mental illness; particularly schizophrenia and co-morbid depression in early phases of illness. Recent projects have developed the investigation of inflammatory models of psychosis and machine learning in prognostic indicators in early phases of developing mental ill health.

Dr Graham Wallace

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Senior Lecturer in Immunity and Infection

Graham Wallace is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing. Graham has published over 75 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews in the fields of ocular immunology, Behcet’s Disease and immunogenetics. He has received grants from Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Fight for Sight, and the Wellcome Trust. 


Members outside the University of Birmingham

Lt Col Mark Foster (SRMRSC)

Lt Col. Mark Foster is a clinical research fellow for the Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma and the NIHR SRMRC. He is in his third year working full-time towards his PhD but also does clinical work on hand trauma.

Professor Naiem Moieman (SRMRC) 

Professor Naiem Moiemen joined the Birmingham Burns Unit in 2000. As Clinical Service Lead for Burns at QEHB, he oversees one of the country’s leading burns treatment facilities, which has developed particular expertise in treating military patients.

Professor Roslyn Bill

50th Anniversary Professor of Biotechnology
Associate Dean (Research)
Aston University
School of Life and Health Sciences