Staff A-Z

All staff members based in the School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Jean Assender

Dr Jean Assender

Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

Jean Assender is a Lecturer in Institute of Clinical Sciences with an interest in breast cancer.

As Programme Lead for the MSc in Clinical Oncology she has increased the scope of the programme introducing new modules, an FRCR route and now a full time programme with clinical observership. The programme offers students from a variety of oncology related disciplines a high quality learning ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8808
Email
j.w.assender@bham.ac.uk

Dr Keith Brain

Dr Keith Brain

Senior Lecturer
Head of Intercalation, MDS

Dr Brain is the Head of Intercalation for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and the deputy lead for Years 1 and 2 of the MBChB programme. His research focusses on Autonomic physiology and pharmacology, both within the cardiovascular system and the urogenitral tract. His teaching focusses on the fields of Pharmacology and Renal physiology.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7346
Email
k.l.brain@bham.ac.uk

Dr Geoffrey Brown

Dr Geoffrey Brown

Reader in Cellular Immunology
Associate Member Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Geoffrey Brown is Lead for Postgraduate Taught, College of Medical Sciences and Director of Graduate Studies, Institute of Clinical Sciences. He is also Director of the EU-funded Marie Curie FP7 Initial Training Network and consortium DECIDE (Decision-making within cells and differentiation entity therapies) which is based in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy.

Geoffrey has published ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4082
Email
g.brown@bham.ac.uk

Dr Martyn Chidgey

Dr Martyn Chidgey

Senior Lecturer

Martyn Chidgey is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Clinical Sciences.  His main research interest is in the biology of desmosomes, intercellular junctions of epithelial tissues and cardiac muscle.  He has published numerous research papers, reviews, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries on the topic.  Martyn is heavily involved in teaching and lectures to medical, dental, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6068
Email
m.a.chidgey@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Coney

Dr Andrew Coney

Senior Lecturer in Physiology
Affiliated: Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Andrew Coney is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and is the Admissions Tutor for the Biomedical Science programme. Andrew specialises in cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and has teaching responsibilities on many of the undergraduate programmes in the College of Medical & Dental Sciences.

Andrew combines his teaching with his research interests on cardiorespiratory function throughout ...

Telephone
0121 414 7628
Email
a.m.coney@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alex Conner

Dr Alex Conner

College Academic Lead for Post-Graduate Taught Education
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.

Alex is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an elected Fellow of the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8809
Email
a.c.conner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah J Conner

Dr Sarah J Conner

Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Biology

Sarah Conner is a Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Biology and an Honorary Research Scientist at the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre.

In addition to her research interests, Sarah is an enthusiastic contributor to and coordinator of Reproduction teaching across a number of undergraduate programmes in the University.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5867
Email
s.j.conner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alison Cooper

Dr Alison Cooper

Deputy Programme Director MBChB
Senior Lecturer

Alison Cooper’s current role has a significant teaching focus; this includes everything from face to face student contact through to approval of new programmes delivered by the college. Alison’s main strategic roles centre on the BMedSc undergraduate science programme and relate to issues concerned with student recruitment and development through the course. This is coupled to a ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 4510
Email
a.j.cooper@bham.ac.uk

Dr Vivek Dhir

Dr Vivek Dhir

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Endocrinology
MPharm Admissions Tutor - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Vivek Dhir is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Endocrinology and has published a number of high impact research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews in the fields of endocrinology, metabolism and genetics. He has received major grants from the Welcome trust and The MRC.

Vivek is keen to talk about his science and gives frequent seminars to various groups at the local, national and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8777
Email
v.dhir@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rowan Hardy

Dr Rowan Hardy

Lecturer in Steroid Metabolism and Signalling
School of Biomedical Sciences Research Themes Lead
Verus Arthritis Career Development Fellow

I am a Versus Arthritis Fellow with extensive experience in steroid metabolism and in vivo models of chronic inflammation. Patients with chronic inflammatory diseases develop systemic complications such as muscle wasting and bone loss, which contribute to disability and reduced life expectancy. My research group is examining the roles of myeloid and mesenchymal steroid metabolism and signalling ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3776
Email
r.hardy@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lisa J Hill

Dr Lisa J Hill

Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Ocular Disease and Therapeutics
ICS Cross-cutting Research Theme Lead

Lisa is a biological scientist by training and completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2015. She has since undertaken research placements at Queen’s University Belfast (UK), University California Irvine (USA) and the University of Melbourne (Australia). She is now conducting pioneering research in the fields of extracellular matrix biology, ocular disease and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6620
Email
l.j.hill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew P Holmes

Dr Andrew P Holmes

Lecturer in Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology
Next Generation Biotechnology Theme Lead

Andrew Holmes is a Lecturer in Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology in the Institute of Clinical Sciences.

His research interests are in the field of cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and pathology, with an emphasis on identifying novel mechanisms underlying hypertension and cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr Holmes has a key research focus on evaluating how cardiorespiratory reflex dysfunction ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8161
Email
a.p.holmes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Richard D Horniblow

Dr Richard D Horniblow

Lecturer – Teaching and Research

Richard is an early career researcher within the School of Biomedical Science in the Institute of Clinical Sciences. His research focusses on how different dietary components are implicated in the development and progression of intestinal diseases (particularly inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer). The majority of his work has focussed on dietary iron and how this key nutrient ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 1991
Email
r.horniblow@bham.ac.uk

Dr Linda Lefièvre

Dr Linda Lefièvre

Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology

Linda Lefievre is a Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology.  She is Deputy Director of Education for Digital and Distance Learning for the College of Medical and Dental Science.

Linda's research expertise is in reproduction, particularly focusing on sperm maturation in the female tract prior fertilisation, a process known as sperm capacitation. Linda has a wide teaching portfolio and teaches ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6848
Email
l.lefievre@bham.ac.uk

Professor Janice Marshall

Professor Janice Marshall

Professor of Cardiovascular Science

Janice Marshall was an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham and studied for her PhD in the Medical School.  She was appointed to a Lectureship in Physiology and then to Senior Lectureship, Readership and in 1995, to a Personal Chair in Cardiovascular Science. 

In 2002, Janice became Head of the Division of Medical Sciences in the School of Medicine and held this post ...

Email
j.m.marshall@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jennifer Marshall

Dr Jennifer Marshall

Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences
Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Jennifer is a lecturer based in the Institute of Clinical Sciences and Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences with a background in immunology.

 In the Medical School Jennifer teaches on modules in all years of the Biomedical Sciences BSc and is the Academic Support Tutor for the programme. She also teaches on the MBChB and MPharm programmes.

In Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences Jennifer is ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8175
Email
j.l.marshall.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Karl Nightingale

Senior Lecturer

Karl Nightingale is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Institute of Biomedical Research

Dr Nightingale has published over 20+ research papers, as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of epigenetic gene regulation. He has received research funding from the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, and the BBSRC.

Dr Nightingale is the International Foundation Year Lead for the Medical ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6833
Email
k.p.nightingale@bham.ac.uk

Dr Clare Ray

Dr Clare Ray

Reader in Widening Participation in Biomedical Education

Clare Ray is a Reader in Widening Participation in Biomedical Education and is the College of Medical and Dental Sciences lead for Outreach and Widening Participation . She leads a range of successful schemes and activities that promote the participation, success and progression of underrepresented groups in Higher Education and in recognition of this work was the first recipient ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 6930
Email
c.j.ray@bham.ac.uk

Dr Robert Stephenson

Dr Robert Stephenson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Birmingham’s Medical School. His principal research interests lie in the field of functional cardiac anatomy. Exploiting national and international collaborations, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, he uses multi-scale imaging techniques to investigate the detailed ...

Email
r.s.stephenson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Chloe Thomas

Dr Chloe Thomas

Post Doctoral Fellow

Chloe Thomas is a Post-Doctoral Researcher within the School of Biomedical Science, Institute of Clinical Sciences and her research interests are in ocular injury and disease and the development of novel therapeutics. She completed her PhD research on cell death mechanisms in the retina and optic nerve after blunt impact and explosive blast ocular trauma. She is currently researching ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8859
Email
c.thomas.4@bham.ac.uk

Dr Teresa Thomas

Dr Teresa Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

Teresa Thomas is a senior lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, based in the Institute of Clinical Sciences.

Her research interests are now in educational research with an emphasis on academic integrity and widening participation. She is the College of Medical and Dental Sciences Lead for Academic Integrity. She works closely with other academics to support students in understanding good academic ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8122
Email
t.j.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Tselepis

Professor Chris Tselepis

Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor of Biomedical Science
Affiliated to Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Chris Tselepis is currently the Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Biomedical Science and up to quite recently was programme director for the highly successful undergraduate Biomedical Science programme. Chris is heavily involved in teaching and education whilst also conducting pioneering research in the field of gastrointestinal cancer. Over the last 20 years his ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8665
Email
c.tselepis@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kevin Whitehead

Dr Kevin Whitehead

Lecturer in Neuropharmacology

Kevin Whitehead is a lecturer in the Neuropharmacology team, Institute of Clinical Sciences and principal investigator of the Pain Signalling Group.

Kevin has extensive experience of in vivomonitoring of neurochemistry and his current research is aimed towards an understanding the role of central neuroinflammatory processes in chronic pain. This is approached through whole animal ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4521
Email
k.j.whitehead@bham.ac.uk