Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Biophysical Chemistry, Faculty of Science
In 1982 I gained a BSc (First Class Honours) in Pharmacy at the University of Manchester and in 1986 was awarded a PhD from the University of Aston. From 1986-1988 I was a Medical Research Council Training Fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research, in the laboratory of Dr J Feeney. In 1988 I was appointed to a Lectureship at the School of Pharmacy. I was promoted to Reader in 1995 and Professor of Biophysical Chemistry in 1998. From 1999-2003 I was Dean of the University of Nottingham's Graduate School. From 2003-2009 I was the Head of the School of Pharmacy. Since 2009 I have been Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
From 1993-1998, I was the editor of the journal Nanobiology. I am a member of a number of journal editorial boards including Current Opinion in Chemical Biology. I was the chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Biological Methods Committee from 1993-1995. I have significant experience of technology transfer and translational research; I was a founding director of Molecular Profiles Ltd, a highly successful spin-out company that emerged from the research group in 1998. I am currently a Director of Nottingham University Industrial and Commercial Enterprise Ltd, the University's IP holding company. I am also the University's Director of BioCity Ltd Europe's largest bio-incubator for spin-out companies.
I was a member of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering Nanotechnology Working Group. I have served on many Research Council boards and committees, including the BBSRC/EPSRC Biomolecular Sciences Committee from 1994-1997, the BBSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Committee from 1995-1997 and the BBSRC Engineering and Biological Systems Committee from 1998-2001. I am currently the Chair of the MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC Discipline Hopping Panel (2006-). I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2000.
My research interests are directed towards biomolecular aspects of nanotechnology. Working at the interface between the biological, chemical and the physical sciences, my studies investigate the… read more
My research interests are directed towards biomolecular aspects of nanotechnology. Working at the interface between the biological, chemical and the physical sciences, my studies investigate the fabrication, structure and recognition properties of higher-order biomolecular architectures. Such investigations have included the assembly of Alzheimer's disease associated fibrils, the forces of interaction between drug molecules and their biomolecular targets, and the patterning of surfaces with 3-dimensional protein arrays for application in sensors. These studies have resulted in more than 180 peer reviewed publications.
I am the co-founder of the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis. These studies have been recognized through a number of international prizes including the 1998 Pfizer Prize. I was the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood 2003 Lectureship and the laboratory was awarded the 2003 GlaxoSmithKline International Achievement Award by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. In 2007 I was awarded my DSc by the University of Nottingham.
Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies
· Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
· Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
· Member, EPSRC Peer Review College
. Chair MRC/EPSRC/BBSRC Discipline Hopping Panel
. Member HEFCE/UUK Quality in Higher Education Group