Academic staff in the School of Biosciences 

Head of School

Professor Chris Bunce

Professor Chris Bunce

Professor of Translational Cancer Biology
Head of School

School of Biosciences

Professor Chris Bunce Directs a translational research group dedicated to the development of novel therapies for leukaemias and lymphomas. A particular focus is the exploitation of drug redeployment strategies using off- patent drugs to provide affordable therapies that can be exploited by all including the worlds poorer nations.

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

Academic staff

Dr Luke Alderwick

Dr Luke Alderwick

Lecturer
Director of the Birmingham Drug Discovery Facility

School of Biosciences

In 2010 Dr Luke Alderwick was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology and he is one of the youngest members of academic staff in the School of Biosciences. His many research interests revolve around understanding the biochemistry and molecular genetics of cell wall assembly in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is the causative bacterial agent of TB infections. In ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45472
Email
l.alderwick@bham.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth R Ballou

Dr Elizabeth R Ballou

BBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Fellow
Lecturer in Cellular Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Dr Liz Ballou is a cell biologist and fungal geneticist researching how human fungal pathogens survive and cause disease in the host. Her lab addresses the basic biological processes that allow proliferation and pathogenesis of the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, which causes meningitis and affects 1 million people worldwide.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5572
Email
e.r.ballou@bham.ac.uk

Professor George W. Bassel

Professor George W. Bassel

Professor of Plant Computational Biology

School of Biosciences

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoGeorge Bassel was appointed as a Birmingham Fellow in 2012 and appointed to professor in 2016. His group focuses on understanding biological complexity across scales using plants as a model system. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 42502
Email
g.w.bassel@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gurdyal Besra

Professor Gurdyal Besra

Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry

School of Biosciences

Professor Besra heads a world-leading multidisciplinary team investigating key aspects of the microbial physiology of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell wall and the potential role of iNKT/CD1d therapeutics. He has been awarded and successfully managed over 35 research grants valued at over £11 million from The Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 58125
Email
g.besra@bham.ac.uk

Dr Apoorva Bhatt

Dr Apoorva Bhatt

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
Program Leader- MSc Microbiology and Infection

School of Biosciences

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr. Bhatt is a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biosciences. A prestigious Fellowship- a Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council-enabled him to set up his research group at the University of Birmingham in 2006. Dr.Bhatt’s research interests include studying pathogenic mycobacteria and how they cause disease, with a particular focus on Mycobacterium ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45893
Email
a.bhatt@bham.ac.uk

Dr Roland Brandstaetter

Dr Roland Brandstaetter

Senior Lecturer in Animal Biology

School of Biosciences

Dr Roland Brandstaetter is a Zoologist with specialisations in developmental biology, physiology, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, and circadian biology. His research approach is holistic and considers mechanistic investigations at various levels of organismal organisation to study complex natural traits. He worked at several European Universities and Max-Planck-Institutes before taking a ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45041
Email
r.brandstaetter@bham.ac.uk

Dr Saverio Brogna

Dr Saverio Brogna

Senior Lecturer in RNA biology
Group Leader

School of Biosciences

I am a Lecturer in RNA biology. My group's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that connect pre-mRNA processing with translation and Nonsense Mediated mRNA Decay (NMD). A second interest of the laboratory is understanding the functions of ribosomes and ribosomal preoteins within the nucleus.

Lab page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brognalab/646045552079820

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

Professor James Bentley Brown

Professor James Bentley Brown

Chair of Environmental Bioinformatics

School of Biosciences

Ben Brown’s lab works to link genome dynamics to ecosystem functions – to understand how the information encoded in genomes gives rise to complex, and profoundly responsive systems. Enormous progress has been made linking genes to cellular, tissue, organ, and organismal systems. The grand challenge before us is to understand the impact of genes beyond the organism; to understand gene ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 4209
Email
j.b.brown@bham.ac.uk

Dr Douglas F. Browning

Dr Douglas F. Browning

Senior Research Fellow

School of Biosciences

Dr Doug Browning is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Biosciences and the Institute of Microbiology and Infection. His research focuses on two main areas: how pathogenic bacteria regulate gene expression in response to multiple environmental and metabolic signals, and how the outer membranes of Gram-negative bacteria are assembled and how they can be disrupted.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5435
Email
d.f.browning@bham.ac.uk

Professor Steve Busby

Professor Steve Busby

Professor of Biochemistry

School of Biosciences

Research in Steve Busby’s lab is concerned with understanding the molecular mechanisms that control gene expression in bacteria, with particular attention to studying the regulation of transcription initiation in Escherichia coli. Much of the recent work has focussed on the expression of virulence determinants in pathogenic strains.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5439
Email
s.j.w.busby@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jackie Chappell

Dr Jackie Chappell

Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour

School of Biosciences

Dr Chappell is an expert in the field of animal cognition, and is involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching between the fields of biology, psychology and computer science.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3257
Email
j.m.chappell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics

School of Biosciences

Dr Coates's research interest is in understanding plant development and evolution. Her team uses Arabidopsis, moss and seaweeds as model organisms to address fundamental questions about how plants made the transition to land. Recent "research highlights" include uncovering new molecular mechanisms that enabled early-diverging land plants to disperse and colonise the earth, and identifying new ...

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

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor, Chair of Environmental Genomics

School of Biosciences

John Colbourne’s investigations encompass the fields of evolutionary ecology, high-throughput biology, environmental and functional genomics. From this blend of disciplines emerges a research program that centers on connecting gene expression and genome structure with individual fitness and population-level responses to environmental challenges.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5423
Email
j.k.colbourne@bham.ac.uk

Professor Helen J. Cooper

Professor Helen J. Cooper

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

School of Biosciences

Professor Helen J. Cooper is an expert in the gas-phase ion chemistry of peptides and proteins. She is a world-leader in the field of electron capture dissociation mass spectrometry and is responsible for establishing the University of Birmingham as a centre of excellence in mass spectrometry research. Professor Cooper has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and serves on a number of ...

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

Dr Eleanor Cull

Dr Eleanor Cull

Lecturer in Human Biology

School of Biosciences

Dr Eleanor Cull is an experienced parasitologist and has worked on gene regulation and metabolism in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and host cell invasion in Toxoplasma gondii

Her main academic interests are in molecular biology and its application in investigating human health and disease.

One of her other interests is innovative teaching techniques. With a unique ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5574
Email
e.cull@bham.ac.uk

Dr Debbie Cunningham

Dr Debbie Cunningham

Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology and Signalling

School of Biosciences

Dr Cunningham is an expert in the use of quantitative proteomics techniques to characterise regulatory phosphorylation events and protein-protein interactions that occur during cell signalling.

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

Professor Tim Dafforn

Professor Tim Dafforn

Professor of Biotechnology

School of Biosciences

60 second video icon  Professor Tim Dafforn has established himself as an expert in biophysical spectroscopy with a keen interest in synthetic biology. Professor Dafforn has developed a number of projects from inception through to commercial realization and is currently the director of knowledge transfer for the college of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Telephone
0121 414 5881
Email
t.r.dafforn@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

School of Biosciences

Dr Warwick (Rick) Dunn’s research group focuses on developing innovative chromatography, mass spectrometry, sample collection and computational resources and their application in the study of the complex role of metabolites in human ageing and diseases. Areas of biomedical study include endocrinology, inflammation and immunology including musculoskeletal health, cardio-renal diseases 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

School of Biosciences

Dr Yun Fan’s research interest centres on understanding how cell death, cell proliferation and cell differentiation are coordinated to maintain tissue homeostasis.  This has important implications for cancer development and tissue regeneration. 

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

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor of Plant Molecular Biology

School of Biosciences

Chris Franklin is a leading expert on meiosis in plants. Work in his laboratory has made a major contribution to the understanding of how meiotic recombination is controlled in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. This knowledge is currently being transferred to crop species where the ability to modify genetic recombination will help plant breeders develop the new varieties that will be needed ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2500
Email
f.c.h.franklin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Klaus Fütterer

Dr Klaus Fütterer

Reader in Structural Biology
Deputy Head of School of Biosciences

School of Biosciences

Dr Klaus Fütterer is a structural biologist whose research focuses on cell wall synthesis in the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Telephone
0121 414 5895
Email
k.futterer@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Senior Research Fellow

School of Biosciences

Dr Gibbs' group studies how plants use targeted protein degradation as a mechanism for sensing and transducing signals, with a particular focus on the N-end rule pathway of the ubiquitin proteasome system.  The group uses a range of genetic, cell biology and biochemical approaches to uncover new functions for this pathway in the control of growth, development and stress responsiveness.  ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 5309
Email
d.gibbs@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Grainger

Professor David Grainger

Professor of Molecular Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Professor Grainger is an expert in the field of bacterial chromosome biology. He relocated his laboratory to the University of Birmingham in March 2011 having previously established a successful research group at the University of Warwick. He is a life-long supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and attributes his capacity to cope with the frequent disappointments that befall a research ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5437
Email
d.grainger@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jonathan Green

Professor Jonathan Green

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education
Director of the Teaching Academy

School of Biosciences

Professor Jonathan Green is the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education   as well as being a member of the academic staff in the School of Biosciences. As DPVC (Education) he chairs University Quality Assurance Committee (UQAC), Collaborative Provision Committee (CPC), the Degree Apprenticeships Steering Group, and  Progress & Awards Board (PAB). He also oversees the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7451
Email
j.r.green@bham.ac.uk

Dr Pawel Grzechnik

Dr Pawel Grzechnik

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Group leader

School of Biosciences

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

Dr Rebecca A Hall

Dr Rebecca A Hall

MRC CDA Fellow

School of Biosciences

Rebecca joined the University of Birmingham as a fellow in March 2014, and is supported by an independent MRC Career Development Award. With expertise in fungal molecular biology, host-pathogen interactions and environmental sensing, Rebecca is interested in researching what she terms fungal neighbourhood watch. Rebecca has worked on a variety of organisms, investigating how they orchestrate ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47417
Email
r.a.hall@bham.ac.uk

Dr Scott Hayward

Dr Scott Hayward

Lecturer - Molecular Ecophysiology

School of Biosciences

Dr Hayward’s research group seeks to understand how organisms cope with variable and stressful environments. Temperate, polar and tropical terrestrial invertebrates (insects, mites and nematodes) are the primary focus of this endeavour. His lab uses state-of-the-art tools, and a systems biology approach, to investigate how these organisms detect, repair and stabilize the cellular and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47147
Email
s.a.hayward@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alicia Hidalgo

Dr Alicia Hidalgo

Reader in Developmental Neurobiology

School of Biosciences

Alicia Hidalgo - Research in 60 seconds video

Our lab aims to understand structural plasticity of the nervous system: in development, regeneration and repair. That is, what is the link between structure and function in the brain? How does the brain change as we grow, learn and age? What happens in nervous system injury and disease, and how can we promote regeneration and repair?

Find out more from our website

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45416
Email
a.hidalgo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nik Hodges

Dr Nik Hodges

Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences

Dr Nik Hodges is interested in the mechanisms of genetic toxicology, cellular oxidative stress and repair of oxidative DNA damage and his lab was the first to identify that the variant form of the repair protein OGG1 is repair deficient under conditions of oxidative stress which could have important consequences for individual susceptibilty to cancer.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45906
Email
n.hodges@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

School of Biosciences

Dr Hotchin is a molecular cell biologist with an interest in how cells interact with their immediate environment and how those interactions regulate functions such as cell proliferation, migration and differentiation. He has published a number of high impact papers on the role of small GTP-binding proteins in control of cell function and, more recently, on the role of membrane tyrosine ...

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

Dr Damon Huber

Dr Damon Huber

Birmingham Fellow

School of Biosciences

Damon Huber is interested in using a combination of biochemistry and molecular genetics to address complex biological problems in bacteria. The research in his lab is focused on the transport of proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec machinery in bacteria, protein folding, and the connection between folding and transport. Damon is a Birmingham Fellow who joined the Institute of ...

Email
d.huber@bham.ac.uk

Dr Eva Hyde

Dr Eva Hyde

Senior lecturer

School of Biosciences

Eva Hyde's research interests are how proteins recognise their appropriate ligands; this includes the recognition of substrates by enzymes and the binding of proteins to their cognate operator DNA and to other proteins. She has extensive experience in NMR spectroscopy and complementary biophysical techniques, such as fluorescence and circular dichroism, and, more recently, in small angle X-ray ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45393
Email
e.i.hyde@bham.ac.uk

Dr Iain G. Johnston

Dr Iain G. Johnston

Birmingham Fellow

School of Biosciences

Iain's research uses mathematical modelling, simulation, and tools from statistics and data science to build quantitative and predictive descriptions of the biological world, harnessing expanding volumes of (often noisy and heterogeneous) experimental data. He is particularly interested in biological systems where stochastic effects are important, including mitochondrial genetics, bioenergetics, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3702
Email
i.johnston.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Aditi Kanhere

Dr Aditi Kanhere

Group Leader

School of Biosciences

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

Dr Farhat Khanim

Dr Farhat Khanim

Research Fellow/Group Leader

School of Biosciences

Dr Farhat Khanim is a molecular/cellular biologist working in the field of haemato-oncology. The main goal of her research is to deliver patient benefit from laboratory studies in the form of novel effective therapies.

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

Dr Tim Knowles

Dr Tim Knowles

Lecturer in Biophysics

School of Biosciences

Tim Knowles joined the School of Biology at the University of Birmingham in November 2015 as a lecturer. Dr Knowles is a structural biologist with a strong track record in membrane protein research using techniques including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Neutron Scattering, and is currently setting up an independent research group at Birmingham.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 45881/+44 (0)121 414 44333
Email
t.j.knowles@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft

Lecturer in Computational Biology

School of Biosciences

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft is a microbiologist turned mathematical modeller.

 

Lab website address: www.biosciences-labs.bham.ac.uk/kreftlab/index.html

For an up-to-date publication list see my Google Scholar page

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 48851
Email
j.kreft@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Birmingham Fellow

School of Biosciences

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Leach joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2012 and is based in the Plant Genetics and Cell Biology group in the School of Biosciences. Her work involves using statistical genetics and bioinformatic approaches to dissecting the genetic architecture of quantitative trait variation.

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

Dr Julia Lodge

Dr Julia Lodge

Senior lecturer

School of Biosciences

As Head of the Education for the School of Biosciences I am responsible for the overall shape and management of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes.

My main academic interests are in Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology. I teach microbiology, focusing on bacteria and their role in human health and disease.

One of my other interests is in innovative teaching methods designed ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45482
Email
j.m.lodge@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nick Loman

Professor Nick Loman

Professor of Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics

School of Biosciences

Nick works as Professor of Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics in the Institute for Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham. His research explores the use of cutting-edge genomics and metagenomics approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of infectious disease. Nick has so far used high-throughput sequencing to investigate outbreaks of important ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4145564
Email
n.j.loman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Lovering

Dr Andrew Lovering

Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences

I am a recently appointed lecturer and my research interests involve utilising structural biology (and related techniques) to investigate protein function – many of these projects involve the unusual predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio; see “Research” below and be enthused!

Here is a link to a presentation at an EMBO meeting discussing our general research area: www.youtube.com/wat ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45419
Email
a.lovering@bham.ac.uk

Dr Pete Lund

Dr Pete Lund

Reader in Molecular Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Research in our group focusses on stress responses, using prokaryotes as model systems, and using a range of appropriate methods to understand both the mechanistic details and the adaptive significance of different aspects of organismal responses to stress.  We have specific interests in molecular chaperones and in acid stress responses, and also a more general interest in methods that can ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45583/+44 (0)121 41 45925
Email
p.a.lund@bham.ac.uk

Professor Lynne Macaskie

Professor Lynne Macaskie

Professor of Applied Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Lynne Macaskie has been working for more than 25 years on applications of microorganisms in various areas of Biotechnology for the Environment. Her interests range from bioremediation of xenobiotics and heavy metals through to nuclear waste treatment and biomineral encapsulation and barrier agents for this.

Over the last 15 years she has moved into hydrogen biotechnology fuel cells for clean ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45889
Email
l.e.macaskie@bham.ac.uk

Dr Roisin Madigan

Dr Roisin Madigan

Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences

Programme Director for Natural Sciences.

Dr Roisin Madigan teaches on a variety of courses in Biosciences and the Medical and Dental School, and has particular interest in problem-based learning.  

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47034
Email
r.madigan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Steve Minchin

Dr Steve Minchin

Senior Lecturer
Academic Director - Birmingham International Academy

School of Biosciences

Dr Steve Minchin has an interest in transcriptional control at both the molecular and genomic level. He has a strong interest in research-led teaching, innovation and quality management. In 2009 he was awarded the Head of Schools’ Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45438/+44 (0)121 41 51102
Email
s.d.minchin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Leda Mirbahai

Dr Leda Mirbahai

Birmingham Fellow in Epigenomics

School of Biosciences

Dr Mirbahai was appointed as a Birmingham Fellow in 2015. Her research focuses on using cutting edge technologies, such as high throughput sequencing to answer questions about the role of epigenetic factors in health and disease and chemical risk assessment. Her research spans from characterising the role of epigenetic factors in accelerating ageing to environmental toxico-epigenomics. 

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 8699
Email
l.mirbahai@bham.ac.uk

Dr Carol Murphy

Dr Carol Murphy

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Biological Imaging

School of Biosciences

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-β/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 ...

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

Dr Julia P Myatt

Dr Julia P Myatt

Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology and Morphology
First Year Teaching Coordinator
PASS Academic Lead

School of Biosciences

Dr Julia Myatt is a lecturer in Behavioural Ecology and Morphology and teaches on a range of modules, including field courses, across all Undergraduate years.

Julia is also the First Year Teaching Coordinator (Tutor) and overseas all academic matters (inlcuding PASS) during the first year.

Her research interests have focused on the morphology-behaviour-habitat interface in non-human Great Apes ...

Telephone
+ 44 (0)121 414 5598
Email
j.p.myatt@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luisa Orsini

Dr Luisa Orsini

Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change
Director of the Environmental Omics Sequencing Facility, University of Birmingham

School of Biosciences

My research aims to identify evolutionary responses of aquatic organisms to climatic and other anthropogenic changes and predict species adaptive potential, hence survival, to future changes. To meet this goal I study the keystone species Daphnia magna, widespread in freshwater ecosystems and sentinel for water quality. One of the most fascinating aspects of D. magnalife cycle is the production ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4145894
Email
l.orsini@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor of Life Sciences Education
Director of Education, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham University Teaching Fellow (BUTF)

School of Biosciences

I am Professor of Life Sciences Education at the University of Birmingham. My research career started with roots in Wales and currently focuses on aphids in Birmingham with stops in the USA, New Zealand and Europe in between. My teaching spans field ecology through to plant functional genomics.

As a card-carrying Darwinist I am involved in teaching evolution at all levels from ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45570
Email
j.pritchard@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jim Reynolds

Dr Jim Reynolds

Lecturer in Ornithology and Animal Conservation

School of Biosciences

Dr Jim Reynolds has worked on the reproductive biology and the nutritional ecology of birds from many different and diverse orders including passerines, geese, grouse, kingfishers and terns. He has worked in North America and in mainland Europe in investigating how human activity influences food availability and the resulting changes in avian reproductive investment and life histories. He employs ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 43639
Email
j.reynolds.2@bham.ac.uk

Professor Alice Roberts

Professor Alice Roberts

Professor of Public Engagement in Science

School of Biosciences

Alice Roberts is an anatomist, author and broadcaster. Her research interests focus on evolutionary anatomy, osteoarchaeology and palaeopathology. She has considerable experience in science communication: she has presented several landmark series on the BBC and written seven popular science books.

Email
roberamy@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthias Soller

Dr Matthias Soller

Lecturer

School of Biosciences

My prime research interest is how the information encoded in chromosomes instructs building of the most complex organ, the brain, and allows an organism to perform elaborate tasks.

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

Dr Sabine Tausz-Posch

Dr Sabine Tausz-Posch

Lecturer – Plant Responses to Environmental Change

School of Biosciences

Sabine's research focuses on plant responses to a changing climate. Working predominantly with wheat, she applies physiological, biochemical and molecular tools to understand the mechanisms underpinning decreased grain quality in response to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. Her research enhances understanding how to have nutritious grains in future climates.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 6485
Email
s.tausz-posch@bham.ac.uk

Dr Leanne Taylor-Smith

Dr Leanne Taylor-Smith

Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology
ERC Post-Doctoral Researcher

School of Biosciences

Dr Taylor-Smith is a lecturer and post-doctoral researcher in the school of Biosciences. She teaches on Eukaryotic microbiology and researches the host-pathogen interaction between human macrophage cells and the yeast Cryptococcus neoformans. Dr Taylor-Smith works in Professor Robin May’s group and is funded by the European Research Council.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5572
Email
l.m.taylorsmith@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Thomas

Professor Chris Thomas

Professor of Molecular Genetics

School of Biosciences

Chris Thomas - Research in 60 seconds videoProfessor Thomas joined the University of Birmingham in 1980 as a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics and has been Professor of Molecular Genetics since 1991. He is an internationally recognised authority on bacterial plasmid and mobile DNA and within the university has championed Biotechnology. He was also a founder of the successful Medici Programme that encourages development of ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45903
Email
c.m.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences

Dr Thorpe's expertise lies in the field of ecmorphology. Her research is about understanding how organisms get to be built the way they are built, and the consequences of their design for patterns of resource use, interactions with other species, and for patterns of evolution. Specific themes in her lab at present are the evolution of human bipedalism; how animals (including humans) ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45040
Email
s.k.thorpe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Dr Michael Tomlinson

Senior Lecturer
MSci programme co-ordinator

School of Biosciences

Dr Mike Tomlinson has an international reputation in the two fields of platelets and cell surface biology, and has published in numerous edited books and scientific journals in these areas. He has been invited to speak at major international conferences, including Gordon Research and FASEB Summer Conferences in the United States, and organised the 4thEuropean Conference on Tetraspanins in ...

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

Professor Mark Viant

Professor Mark Viant

Professor of Metabolomics
Director of Phenome Centre Birmingham and NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Metabolomics Node
Past President of the International Metabolomics Society

School of Biosciences

60 second video iconProfessor Mark Viant’s expertise lies in the field of metabolomics. His research spans from method development in analytical chemistry and bioinformatics through to the application of metabolomics to environmental toxicology.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 42219
Email
m.viant@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kerstin Voelz

Dr Kerstin Voelz

Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Dr Voelz is a lecturer in eukaryotic microbiology with a research interest in host-pathogen interactions. She investigates how fungal pathogens circumvent and hijack innate immune responses to establish disease using a zebrafish larval model. In particular she aims to decode how fungi initiate spore germination, why the immune system sometimes fails to inhibit this process and how this can be ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5572
Email
k.voelz@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Wheatley

Professor Mark Wheatley

Chair of Biochemical Pharmacology

Professor Mark Wheatley has an international reputation for his research into the structure and function of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). He has national and international collaborations with both academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

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

Dr Scott White

Dr Scott White

Reader in Structural Biology

School of Biosciences

Dr Scott White is an experienced structural biologist speciallising in the application of x-ray crystallography to the structure and function of enzymes and their substrate, inhibitor or drug-bound complexes. He is also a Welfare Tutor and the Mitigations Officer for the School of Biosciences. He is the coordinator of the UK Midland's Block Allocation Group (BAG) for the European Synchrotron ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47534
Email
s.a.white@bham.ac.uk

Dr Peter Winn

Dr Peter Winn

Lecturer

School of Biosciences

Dr Winn specialises in molecular modelling of biomolecules, including structural bioinformatics and anlysis of protein amino-acid sequences. His interest is at the interface of protein evolution and function, and how these are related to biological organisation. As well as trying to gain general insight into the rules that govern bio-molecules,  of particular interest at this time are the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 48852
Email
p.j.winn@bham.ac.uk