Following the award of a BSc in Chemistry at University College Dublin and a PhD in Biological Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, I joined the Inflammation Research Group at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry for 10 years. Two years in the School of Postgraduate Medicine at Bath University followed by five years as a Senior Lecturer in Analytical Sciences in the University of Brighton, preceded my current academic appointment as Professor of Biomolecular Sciences in 2005. I have been Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing since June 2016.
My professional roles have included Chairman of the External Review Working Group (2009-2015) which was established to enhance the effectiveness of the European Food Safety Authority and I am a member of the UK Government Chemist Programme Evaluation Group (2009-2021). I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Associate Dean Research & Enterprise
I am passionate about education - seeing it as a continuum from pre-university study through all levels to completion of a higher degree in research or professional practice. My experiences include academic roles in several departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Medical Schools. I particularly embrace lifelong education and have acted as supervisor to over 30 PhD/MScR candidates and, more recently, as advisor to candidates completing a PhD by Publication in later life.
I have acted as external and internal examiner for numerous PhD and MSc theses and I was examiner for the SGUL MSci in Biomedical Sciences. I was an invited panel Member for the College Review of the Dublin Institute of Technology Faculty of Health Sciences and was a member of the Academic Board for the establishment of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
The research interests of my group are wide-ranging with a focus on health and disease mechanisms and prevention.
> MRC/National Prevention Research Initiative Phase 4; (www.mrc.ac.uk/index.htm)
> World Anti-Doping Agency; (www.wada-ama.org/)
> The Foods Standards Agency; (http://www.food.gov.uk/)
> The British Academy; (www.britac.ac.uk)
> The Department for Business Innovation & Skills; ( http://www.bis.gov.uk/)
> The Laboratory of the Government Chemist; (www.lgc.co.uk/)
> The National Measurement Office (http://www.bis.gov.uk/nmo)
> The London Development Agency; (http://www.lda.gov.uk/)
> Neal's Yard Remedies
> The Biological and Biotechnological Sciences Research Council (www.bbsrc.ac.uk)
> Hampshire County Council Forensic and Scientific Services
CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS
Dr Bamdad Padidar; Gilbert Ampem; Mathew Hookham; Aimira Gussain; Hira Razzak; Jake Shelley; Neha Ainsworth; Kelly Jane Robertson; Ezra Rashid; Simone Benedetti; Hassan Salhab; Angela Wann; Alaa Al-Sarraf.
Knowledge transfer activities are mainly through collaboration with external organisations to provide impact from research experience. This involves long-standing interactions with industry which includes GSK Weybridge & LGC Teddington, with Government and local government agencies (UK Government Chemist, Food Standards Agency, and Public Analysts), and with international bodies such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Some of this activity is captured in an impact case study as part of the University Research Excellence Framework submission in 2014. See.. https://impact.ref.ac.uk/casestudies2/refservice.svc/GetCaseStudyPDF/42512 for further details.
As Associate Dean for Research, Business and Innovation, my main role is to provide leadership for these areas within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Conference presentation - Vitamin D: Mediterranean Experts Meeting 2018