- Professor Scott Armbruster
- Professor of Ecology and Evolution
I did my undergraduate and graduate studies in the University of California system, with PhD research at the University of California Davis focussed on the ecology and evolution of tropical plant-animal interactions. Ironically, my first academic job was at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I continued tropical fieldwork in the winters and added arctic/subarctic ecology to my portfolio (staying in the far north in summers). After 16 years in Alaska, I decided to move to the warmer climes of central Norway, continuing research on tropical plant-animal interactions and arctic ecology. I moved from Norway to the south of England in 2003. My current research activities focus on understanding the function, variation, and evolution of flowers using quantitative genetics and “phenomics”, studying natural selection by on plants in the wild, and assessing the effects of variation in microclimate on biotic responses to climate change. On-going fieldwork includes sites in Africa, Madagascar, the neotropics, Australia, China, and the arctic/subarctic. This work is facilitated a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
- Professor Kim A. Bard
- Professor of Comparative Developmental Psychology
I come from America where I studied developmental psychology in human and nonhuman primates, obtained my PhD, and held numerous grants and post-doctoral positions. I conduct empirical studies of young hominoids with an eye to clarifying universal and species-specific characteristics of great apes and of humans.
My present interests are in the influence of early socio-emotional variables on social cognition of apes and humans across different environmental conditions (i.e. across cultures). I have documented similarities between chimpanzees and humans in the development of primary intersubjectivity (e.g.: neonatal imitation, mutual gaze, socio-emotional communicative expressiveness); of early social cognition (e.g., social referencing, joint attention, cooperation), and of self-recognition. My current Leverhulme Trust grant is to document naturally occurring social cognition in one-year-old human and chimpanzee infants living in diverse eco-cultures.
- Professor Pradeep Bhandari
- Professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
I am a gastroenterologist and I head the early gastrointestinal cancer services at Portsmouth. My initial research was related to the role of cyclooxygenase in upper gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer. In 2004, I went to the National cancer center in Tokyo on a visiting fellowship and trained in the principles of early cancer diagnosis and endoscopic resection of superficial neoplasia.
I was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Portsmouth in 2005. I developed an early cancer service providing advanced endoscopic diagnosis and resection for upper and lower gastrointestinal neoplasia. This service provides the basis of various research projects and advanced training program apart from providing a tertiary referral service for UK.
I was appointed as a Professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2012 and I head the Gastroenterology research at the Solent centre for digestive diseases in Portsmouth. My research focus has been around the use of acetic acid in diagnosis of Barrett’s neoplasia, cost-effectiveness of endoscopic interventions, advanced endoscopic resections and endoscopic outcome predictors. My group is constantly working on evaluating the roles of new techniques and technology in diagnosis and resection of Gatrointestinal tumours.
I have authored and Co-authored several peer reviewed publications, Guidelines, Cochrane reviews and Book chapters. I have lectured at various National and International meetings. I enjoy watching football and playing Cricket and racquet sports.
- Professor Dave Brown
- Professor of Pharmacy Practice
I have recently retired from full-time employment at the University of Portsmouth but still supervise several PhD and Professional Doctorate students researching a range of drug safety and practice-related areas. My research and teaching interests include drug safety and pharmacovigilance and the rational use of pharmacy services in the NHS.
- Professor Arthur Morgan Butt
- Professor of Cellular Neurophysiology
My entire research is concerned with glial cells - the least understood cells in the nervous system. Although they are the most numerous cells in the human cortex - the seat of our intelligence - glia occupy no more than a few pages in most textbooks on Neuroscience. To help address this, I have co-written two textbooks on Glia with my close friend and colleague Professor Alex Verkhratsky of the University of Manchester. Glia are essential for the normal functioning of the nervous system and they are involved in all neurological disease, such as multiple sclerosis, dementia, stroke and spinal cord injury. In all cases, glia are potential therapeutic targets for promoting recovery. To this end, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and International Spinal Research Trust fund my research to identify promising new therapeutic targets in glia. In addition, I am particularly interested in potassium channels in glia, which determine many of their functions, and this work has been supported by the MRC and BBSRC. I have a number of important collaborations in the UK, Europe and the USA, which are central to the success of my research. We use a wide range of techniques in my lab, ranging from basic anatomy, electrophysiology, live cell imaging, and next generation sequencing. Anatomy is key to understanding the body and I have been closely associated with the Anatomical Society for many years - they have consistently funded PhD students in my lab, for which I am very grateful. PhD training has been and continues to be core to the success of my lab, and I have supervised over 25 PhD students, many of which have gone on to have successful research/academic careers, but many others have gone into a wide range of occupations, including banking/finance and biotech.
- Professor Anastasia Callaghan
- Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
With antibiotic resistance on the rise, research into understanding the workings of bacterial organisms is crucially important, as are new approaches to combating the infections they cause. My research addresses this topical and strategically relevant issue by understanding the key molecular interactions responsible for controlling bacterial virulence. Active projects in my group span fundamental basic research, through to practical applications with associated intellectual property and commercialization activities. Successful progress is based on active collaborations with both academic and industrial partners. My research is financially supported by the BBSRC, the Royal Society, Horiba Scientific, Dstl and the University of Portsmouth Higher Education Innovation Fund.
My current research builds on a strong background of academic and industrial biochemistry experience. Following my undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton, I completed a PhD at the University of Warwick and then conducted Wellcome Trust-funded postdoctoral study at the University of Cambridge. Keen to gain an industry perspective, I then joined Pfizer Global Research and Development, contributing to the early research phases of drug development. I returned to academia, joining the University of Portsmouth, to take up a tenured Fellowship and establish an independent research team within the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science.
With a strong interest in supporting and developing researchers, I represent research staff on the University of Portsmouth Research Committee and lead the University’s Research Staff Forum. Externally, I am the South East Representative, and Secretary, for the Vitae-supported UK Research Staff Association (UK-RSA) which supports the UK Research Council’s and Vitae’s mission to enable and encourage research staff development. Building on a strong track record of delivering BBSRC-funded research, I have recently been appointed as a BBSRC Pool of Experts Panel Member to contribute to decisions on the allocation of grant funding.
- Professor Anoop Chauhan
- Honorary Professor of Respiratory Medicine
I am a Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine, Director of Research and Innovation at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and an Executive of the Wessex Comprehensive Research Network. I am the Respiratory Lead for the Wessex Academic Science Network, with a mission to improve quality of respiratory care in the Wessex region through Research & Innovation. My research and clinical interests are in airways diseases particularly severe refractory asthma, COPD epidemiology, abnormalities of coagulation in the airways, and the influence of the environment and infection in airways diseases. My research is funded by the MRC, NIHR, Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation and Industry e.g. http://www.lasertrial.co.uk and http://www.respect-meso.org.
- Professor Alan Costall
- Professor of Theoretical Psychology
My work takes a broadly ecological approach to the human sciences, based on the principle of animal-environment mutuality. We need to understand people in relation to their situations, but also recognize that these situations as themselves shaped - individually and collectively - through human activity. My research and theoretical and historical writings have tried to undermine the dualisms that persist in so-called post-modern thought: mental vs physical, mind vs body, subjective vs objective, biology vs culture, and individual vs society (to name but a few!). The topics of my research have been diverse, ranging from issues in archaeology, philosophy of mind, and the history of biology, to children’s drawings, autism, and cubism.
I have held posts at UCL, the Open University, and the University of Southampton. I have been a senior research fellow at the Universities of Manchester and Georgia (USA), and at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, and a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen. My publications include Doing things with things: The design and use of everyday objects (Ashgate, 2006), Against theory of mind (Macmillan Palgrave, 2009), and Michotte’s experimental phenomenology of perception (Routledge, 2013).
- Professor Simon Cragg
- Professor of Marine Biology
I am an invertebrate zoologist who is fascinated by the diversity of marine animal life. This interest was fired by undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Bangor, North Wales, followed by an eight- year period as a scientific civil servant in Papua New Guinea. My primary research focus is on marine wood-borers - unpromising-looking creatures that provide me with a wide range of stimulating scientific questions and also a number of practical problems to resolve. They are major pests of structures in the intertidal zone and so I seek novel approaches to protecting wood that do not have undesirable effects on other marine organisms. I do this by delving into remarkable ability of these animals to degrade tough woody materials. By developing an understanding this ability, my collaborators and I are revealing novel enzymes and mechanisms with potential for generating liquid biofuels from agricultural wastes and wood. Wood breakdown is not a problem in the natural world. Here the borers play a vital role in breaking down woody detritus and supporting food chains. Wood borers are active and numerous in mangrove forests.
I aim to determine the extent to which they support biodiversity and promote the storage of carbon in these threatened ecosystems. The animals are at the core of this diverse range of investigations, but the diversity requires a multidisciplinary approach which has given me the opportunity to work with specialists in, for example, structural biology, molecular biology, wood science and ecology. Science can be a remarkably social activity!
- Professor Colyn Crane-Robinson
- Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
After reading Chemistry at Oxford and spending two years as a post-doc in Leningrad, I came to the Physics Department of the Portsmouth College of Technology in 1962, where I co-founded the Biophysics Group, a research consortium that moved to the School of Biology in 1979. My research concerns the structure and function of chromatin, i.e. the complex of proteins and DNA that constitutes the chromosomes. Over the years my work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the BBSRC and currently by the Leverhulme Trust. This has allowed the employment of several post-docs and supported the work of numerous PhD students. The structural side of the work makes use of NMR and optical techniques, with a current aim of spreading into X-ray crystallography. Functional studies have concentrated on the role of the histone packaging proteins, in particular variant forms and their role in modifying chromatin structure. This is currently being applied to the process of cellular trans-differentiation, a key to facilitating regenerative medicine.
- Professor Mike Cummings
- Honorary Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology
I have been a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth since 1996 and Honorary Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology since 2008. My main interests lie in diabetes focussed research and education provision.
My original interest centred around diabetic dyslipidaemia examining apolipoprotein metabolism utilising stable isotopes and GCMS. This work has expanded into examining cardiovascular disease as part of the DOVE (Dysglycaemia, Oxidative stress and the Vacular Endothelium) project in collaboration with Dr David Laight, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy incorporating assessment of endothelial dysfunction which has been running for over 10 years. I am Diabetes and Endocrinology Leads for the Comprehensive Local Research Network for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, co-ordinating research in these topics throughout the region. We are involved in many national and international multi-centred trials which are examining novel therapies for treating hyperglycaemia, dyslipidaemia and other aspects of diabetes management, registered with the national Diabetes Research Network.
In collaboration with Portsmouth University hosted at Rees Hall, we run a comprehensive programme of learning for health care professionals who wish to develop their skills in diabetes management (endorsed by our local Clinical Commissioning Groups). I am Programme Director in Wessex for Specialist Registrars training in Diabetes and Endocrinology. I am also Co-Editor for the journal Practical Diabetes and Section-Editor for the journal Diabetes Digest.
- Professor Taraneh Dean
- Visiting Professor of Health Sciences
I am Professor of Health Science. A biochemist by background and born again epidemiologist. My work on the area of allergic disorders focuses on epidemiology of food allergy and risk factors associated with development of food allergy. I also have a keen interest in atopic eczema and non-pharmacological approaches to management of the condition.
My interest in evidence-based healthcare spans a wide range of methodologies utilised in this area including clinical trials, systematic reviews and observational studies. In this area I am usually a collaborator and contribute to research in any clinical speciality as an epidemiologist. I publish, supervise postgraduate researchers and seek research funding in both areas.
- Professor Alex Ford
- Professor of Biology
I currently hold the position of Reader in Biology (since 2012) based at the Institute of Marine Sciences (School of Biological Sciences), having joined the University of Portsmouth in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in Marine Zoology. My research interests span the fields of invertebrate biology and ecology and incorporate both aspects of ecotoxicology and parasitology. I have particular interests in the diversity and evolution of different reproductive systems found within the Crustacea and what happens when sex determination or sexual differentiation ‘goes wrong’ resulting in intersexuality and gymandromorphism. I have a keen interest in marine parasitology and wonderful ways in which parasites and pollution can alter the physiology, morphology, sex and behaviour of marine organisms. Currently my work is supported by the NERC and an EU Interreg programme (PeReNE). I’m currently an associate editor of the journal PeerJ and Frontiers in Marine Sciences, plus I have recently guest edited the journal Aquatic Toxicology.
I originally studied a BSc in Biological Sciences at Plymouth University (1993-1996), followed by an MSc in Environmental Biology at Swansea University (1997). After spells working as a Nature Conservation Officer, Pollution Control Officer and Turtle Biologist, I settled down to a Senior Research Assistant post back in Wales (Swansea University 1991-2001) where I worked on a large European funded project identifying and mapping the epibenthic diversity of the North Sea. A PhD followed at Edinburgh Napier University investigating the effects of pollution on the endocrine systems of crustaceans (2001-2004). On completion of my PhD I spent a few years lecturing at Napier University (2004-2007) followed by a Senior Research Fellowship post at the UHI Millennium Institute (2007-2008) based in Thurso (N. Scotland).
- Professor Andy Gale
- Emeritus Professor of Geology
My interests lie in palaeontology and stratigraphy, and the application of geochemical data to understanding past environmental change, especially during the Cretaceous Period. My current research interests include the use of fossils in reconstructing evolutionary histories of living invertebrate groups, specifically barnacles and starfish, integrating morphological and molecular data. I also work on the conditions of deposition of Cretaceous rocks, especially the Chalk, in an attempt to understand a "Greenhouse World" with no polar ice and high sea levels. This work has taken me to diverse parts of the world including North America, India and Australia.
- Professor Dariusz C. Górecki
- Professor of Molecular Medicine
I come from Poland where I qualified in medicine and obtained a PhD. My research interests span several areas within molecular medicine including gene regulation and expression in dystrophic disorders, the role of receptors in neurological diseases, blood-brain barrier function and drug and gene targeting. Our current research is supported by the EU Interreg grant TC2N, the Foundation for Polish Science and the Duchenne Parents Project (NL). I am the Director of Research (School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences) and have chaired the Science Faculty Research Degrees Committee. I had been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship (2011, Harvard Medical School) and previously held a Welcome European Fellowship, University of Cambridge Medical School and the Wellcome Research Career Development Fellowship at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London.
- Professor Richard Greenwood
- Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science
My background was in the biological sciences, but I spent much of my research career in the area of pesticide and environmental chemistry. I retired from the post of Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Portsmouth in 2011, and was given Emeritus status.
For half of my career I worked on insecticide chemistry and mode of action, and was involved in designing, synthesising and testing novel insecticides. One of my main interests was modelling the underlying physicochemical basis of toxicokinetic activity, using multidimensional techniques. Much of my work was in collaboration with pesticide and pharmaceutical companies. Recently I have sat on a number of US Environment Protection Agency Special Advisory Panels called under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
For the last fifteen years I have worked on monitoring the chemical quality of the aquatic environment and led a number of large EU funded projects in this area. My work involved me in the development of a patented passive sampler for measuring concentrations of pollutants in the aquatic environment. I led a team that developed an ISO/CEN standard for the use of passive samplers in surface waters. Since my retirement I have continued working on a number of projects involving monitoring the chemical quality of aquatic environments.
- Professor Matthew Guille
- Professor of Developmental Genetics
I was born in Guernsey but studied Biochemistry in London for my BSc, PhD and post-docs. My research interest is gene regulation in embryos and I use the frog model to study epigenetic regulation and post-translational modification of gene controlling proteins in early development. I run the European Xenopus Resource Centre, which is the largest frog facility in the world. We collaborate with more than 100 research groups to develop genetically altered embryos that allow us to understand the basic principles of life, which underpin medical advances. My more applied research involves working with medicinal chemists to use the frog model to understand how new therapeutic compounds work and to model human genetic diseases. My research is funded by the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, EU and HEIF. Outside the University I sit on the scientific oversight committee of the National Xenopus Resource, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA and advise a number of public and charitable bodies on frog welfare.
- Professor Paul Hayes
- Professor of Biology
- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience)
I am a microbial ecologist with interests in primary production in both marine and freshwater ecosystems. My initial focus was to generate an understanding of the molecular structure of gas vesicles, the mechanisms that allow their accumulation and the selective forces that have shaped their evolution: these structures provide buoyancy and thus allow access to light in important groups of photosynthetic primary producers that would otherwise sink out into darker, deeper waters. More recently my research focus has switched to the genetic structure of microbial populations and communities. The aim has been to explore and quantify the interaction between the environment and microbial genomes in an attempt to understand succession and evolution in the microbial communities that form the base of the food chain in aquatic ecosystems. Current work focuses on phytoplanktonic microorganisms and the viruses that help shape their population structures. In addition to these studies I have contributed significantly to an improved understanding of the taxonomy of morphologically depauperate species of the red algae and of both green and brown algal endophytes growing within seaweed hosts. Both macro- and microalgae are now under active investigation as a feedstock for the production of biofuels, and so a knowledge and understanding of the biology of these organisms is once more an ‘in demand’ subject area.
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- Professor Richard Healey
- Professor of Geography
After postgraduate study at Cambridge and Princeton, the first half of my career was spent at Edinburgh University, where I co-directed the ESRC Regional Research Laboratory for Scotland and was a member of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre. Since moving to Portsmouth in 1995, I have continued to develop two different, but inter-linked strands of research interest. The first involves the theory and application of Geographical Information Science and related database methodologies, while the second substantive area is concerned with regional industrial development in the 19th century USA (especially the mining, iron and steel, and railroad industries). This work has been funded by the Research Councils, UK and EU Government Agencies and such disparate organisations as the UN Development Programme and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. It has resulted in two books, numerous journal articles and several types of publicly available electronic resources.
Current research in technical areas is focused on databases and high-performance computing, Big Data methodologies, data warehousing and database archiving. This increasingly feeds into large-scale analysis of 19th century US demographic and economic data, both from census and non-census sources. Recent findings show Krugman’s theoretical model of the emergence of the American Manufacturing Belt is not supported by the empirical evidence. They also cast serious doubt on the accuracy and consistency of 19th century US manufacturing census data and on the value of occupational data in the corresponding population censuses for inferring industrial sector participation rates.
When not wrestling with multi-million row data tables, I can usually be found either in the weight-lifting gym or throwing heavy metal objects at the local athletics track.
- Professor Sara Holmes
- Visiting Professor of Dental Education
I am Professor of Dental Education. My work and research interests span the relationship between healthcare policy and practice, training and education of the dental-team and the future healthcare workforce.
In 1997 I approached the University, with the support of the Regional Clincial Director, with a proposal to develop Dental Nursing education based upon my analysis and recognition that improved provision was needed. Having initially trained as a Dental Nurse, I had the sense that the education of Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) was a ‘Cinderella’ professional specialty in dentistry. My large-scale study of DCP education and training needs within the dental workforce, revealed a complex picture across the region, including personnel shortages.
In 2004, building on this work, I founded the University’s School for DCPs - Dental Nurses, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists. The University’s proposal to the NHS was the first successful bid from a UK university to host a clinical DCP training school. In 2006, in recognition of this work, I was made Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen for Services to Dental Education.
Although the School was very successful, a gap remained in relation to how the whole ‘dental team’ was trained, with dentists and DCPs being trained in isolation both at the University and across UK Dental Schools. To address this gap I led a further successful University bid to develop a Dental Academy that would deliver a unique team-based educational model to facilitate a shared learning experience for final year dental undergraduate students from King’s College London Dental Institute and DCP students from the University.
My work has attracted widespread national and international interest and others have adopted the learning infrastructure and team-based model of inter-professional education I have developed and championed.
- Professor Lorraine Hope
- Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology
My research concerns the performance of human cognition in applied contexts and focuses on (i) the effects of external factors such as divided attention, operational stressors, misinformation and other real-world variables on memory performance, and (ii) the development of theoretically-informed techniques and tools to facilitate the recall accounts of victims, witnesses, suspects and operational actors (e.g. firearms officers) in investigative contexts. Cultivating close collaborative relationships with police forces and other agencies has enabled me to extend my research from laboratory settings into applied contexts and, as a consequence, drive forward changes to procedures and policy both in the UK and overseas.
My research on the Self-Administered Interview (SAI©) illustrates this high impact transition of knowledge from laboratory to end-user. The SAI© is an evidence-based investigative tool designed to elicit comprehensive initial statements from witnesses and victims. This research has had an important impact on the operational activities of UK and international police forces and now forms part of investigative training for police and other agencies in the UK, US, Europe and Australia. My on-going research work continues to strive for theory-driven innovation in the development of memory elicitation techniques.
To date, my research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Australian Research Council, Nuffield Foundation, Health & Safety Executive, British Academy, Metropolitan Police and other government agencies. I am currently Associate Editor for the journal, Legal and Criminological Psychology, Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied and elected to the Governing Board of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC). I have published widely on memory performance in applied contexts and regularly speak at international conferences aimed at both academics and practitioners.
- Professor Donald Houston
- Professor of Economic Geography
My research mostly relates to social inequalities within and between urban and regional labour markets. I work across disciplines, including economics, social policy, public health and town planning. The UK is a good place to study economic geography because it is one of the most geographically unequal economies in the developed world. I am continually shocked by government policies, particularly welfare reforms, that are blind to geography. Not only are such policies usually detrimental to the most marginalised people and places, they often misdiagnose the causes of employment problems in weak local labour markets.
- Professor Sherria Hoskins
- Professor of Psychology and Education
Before beginning my degree and PhD in Psychology I qualified as a Basic Adult Education tutor, teaching adults with severe learning disabilities and those leaving school without basic reading, writing and numeracy skills. This was the beginning of my passion for understanding and supporting learning.
My current research (with nursery, school, college and university aged learners) takes a social cognitive psychology approach to understanding how learner’s beliefs (e.g. implicit and self-theories) impact their learning behaviour (e.g. resilience, motivation, approach to learning and decision making) and academic outcomes. I am specifically interested in whether we can influence those beliefs to positively impact learning behaviours and outcomes.
My research and innovation has been conducted with over 250 non-academic partners across Europe via Growing Learners.
I lead numerous applied funded research projects. These include a HEFCE funded project exploring Learning in Gain in British Higher Education, which will inform the debate around and implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Another ongoing project that I lead is the third in a series of large scale randomized control trials testing the impact of implicit theory (Mindset) interventions on the motivation, self-regulation and attainment of UK Primary School pupils.
I am also a passionate teacher and educational innovator. My work in this area has been acknowledged by the Higher Education Academy, who awarded me a National Teaching Fellowship in 2013 and accredited me as a Principal Fellow in 2014.
- Professor Geoff Kneale
- Emeritus Professor of Biomolecular Science
I am Professor of Biomolecular Science in the School of Biological Sciences, where I first started as a senior lecturer in 1985 so I am an ‘old hand’ here! I was also cofounder (and until recently, Director) of the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences, a multi-disciplinary Institute that crosses a number of departmental boundaries, and I led our submission into the last two Research Assessment Exercises. For many years, I was also Associate Dean (Research) in the Science Faculty.
My research is principally concerned with understanding how proteins interact with DNA and the precise mechanisms that determine how genes are regulated. In my research group, we use a wide variety of biophysical techniques (such as X-ray Crystallography and Neutron Scattering, to name but two) in order to delve into the molecular structures at a detailed atomic level and try to deduce how they work. I have receievd research grants from BBSRC, EPSRC, the Wellcome Trust, and the Leverhulme Trust over the last 25 years, totalling around £6m, and have published almost 100 research papers in leading academic journals. In this time I have supervised 20 PhD students and 12 postdoctoral researchers and I am pleased to say that most of them have gone on to have very successful research and/or academic careers.
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- Professor Chris Louca
- Professor of Oral Care Education
My research interests are currently in dental education and prosthodontic/restorative dentistry. I am interested in student assessment and feedback, the role of mental imagery in the learning of practical skills, the development & evaluation of novel teaching techniques (e.g. ‘flipping’), the impact of PG teaching on clinical practice and the training requirements of vocational dental practitioners. I present my work regularly at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) conferences.
- Professor Graham A Mills
- Professor of Environmental Chemistry
I am an analytical chemist and engineer. My research interests are in the use of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques in biomedical and environmental analyses and the development of novel sample preparation methods in analytical chemistry. My more recent research has been directed towards the development of passive sampling devices to monitor water quality and have designed and patented the Chemcatcher sampler. This device is now being used worldwide for the measurement of both organic and inorganic pollutants in the aquatic environment. I am involved in a number of academic, governmental and industrial collaborations across Europe in respect of monitoring water quality. Since 2000, I have been the overall Programme Manager for the Faculty of Science’s Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care. This is one of the largest doctorate programmes of its kind in the UK and has over 50 graduates since the inception of the course.
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- Professor John McGeehan
- Professor of Structural Biology
I am a structural biologist with a particular interest in X-ray crystallography of proteins and DNA. My first degree was at Glasgow University and I completed my PhD at the MRC Virology Unit in 1996. I arrived at the University of Portsmouth in 2000, via York, and spent 5 years working with Prof. Geoff Kneale. Keen to learn the intricacies of structural biology, I moved to France for a fellowship at the EMBL-Grenoble where I worked for 2 years at the ESRF. In 2005 I took up an RCUK fellowship at Portsmouth and set up our own in-house X-ray crystallography facility.
I feel very fortunate since my scientific area has received substantial investment over recent years with the construction of the UK synchrotron at Harwell, the Diamond Light Source. I am very much involved with this fantastic facility and I currently represent the strong macromolecular crystallography community on the Diamond User Committee. I sit on the Council of the British Crystallography Association where I am also secretary of the Biological Structures Group.
Structural biology is a powerful technique and solving the 3D structures of biological molecules down to the atomic level can provide great insight into how they function, and crucially how they malfunction in disease. I am involved in a wide range of projects, from brain tumour research through to the design of new enzymes for the biofuels industry (find out more on my lab page), and have published over 40 research papers that cover detailed 3D crystal structures through to new instrumentation and method developments.
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- Professor Geoffrey J Pilkington
- Professor of Cellular and Molecular Neuro-oncology and Head of Brain Tumour Research Centre
I have spent my entire career in brain tumour research, having started work on chemical neuro-carcinogenesis where I studied brain cancer stem cells and brain tumour development at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in the early 1970s and subsequently spent 23 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, latterly as Professor of Experimental Neuro-oncology. In 2003 I moved to the School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, as Professor of Cellular & Molecular Neuro-oncology & Director of Research. Over the years the research focus of my group has been development of models for the study of intrinsic brain tumours, elucidation of the mechanisms underlying diffuse local invasive behaviour in glioma, delivery systems for passage of agents across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and development of novel strategies for mitochondrial mediation of apoptosis in glioma. I have published numerous papers on the results of my research on human glioma and have developed various “all human” three-dimensional in vitro models to study brain tumour invasion and the BBB. At the University of Portsmouth I have established an excellent suite of laboratories and a host of state-of-the-art equipment in which to accommodate the Brain Tumour Research Centre.
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- Professor Jane Portlock
- Professor of Pharmacy Practice
As a pharmacist, postgraduate tutor for pharmacists and an academic, I have spent a number of years creating and delivering education, initially at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Portsmouth and more recently, at the University College London School of Pharmacy. These education roles have led to the development of research interests and numerous projects in pharmacy education such development of peer mentors, the role of simulation in undergraduate pharmacy, development of placement education using the “Pharmacy Live” concept of immersive education, the place of professional leadership in undergraduate education, development and evaluation of new roles for pharmacy, development and evaluation of psychological approaches to helping people make healthy choices and the evaluation of the concept of Healthy Living Pharmacy. In my role as Professor of Pharmacy Practice, I am developing research programmes to evaluate the place of Healthy Living Pharmacies throughout Europe, investigate the potential role of community pharmacists in early diagnosis of respiratory diseases and expand research into the use of psychological methods by pharmacists to support medicine taking in patients who have had a myocardial infarction.
- Professor Vasudevi Reddy
- Professor of Developmental and Cultural Psychology
- Director, Centre for Situated Action and Communication
I studied Psychology (as well as Political Science and English Literature) in India before completing a PhD in Edinburgh. My primary interest is in the way in which we come to understand (or misunderstand) other people. To address this, I have been, for over twenty years, studying communicative interactions in very early infancy as well as in young children with developmental disorders. In the Centre for Situated Action and Communication we have been focusing on the influence of ecological contexts on the potential for social engagements and on the emergence of understanding. Studying everyday interactions across cultures has enabled me to challenge the claims in dominant theories about infant development and about the underpinnings of knowledge. Our current research is supported by a Marie Curie Initial Training Network focusing on an embodied science of intersubjectivity www.tesis-itn.eu. Previous grant funding has come from the Economic and Social Research Council and EU 6th framework grants. I received a mid-career award (a while ago!) for science from the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, and more recently a book award from the British Psychological Society.
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- Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr
- Professor of Biomechanics
With half the female population experiencing breast pain, up to 72% of exercising females experiencing discomfort and the breast as a barrier to exercise for 17% of women, the biomechanics of the breast has become a key focus of my research career. Having gained my PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Chichester, my research career began investigating human movement. It became apparent that the movement of the breast has many negative consequences which can have a substantial impact on woman’s quality of life. As a result, I established the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth in 2007. Our Group undertake fundamental and applied research in breast health, broadening understanding, raising awareness of this important aspect, and informing product development. We are well known internationally having published almost half of the scientific papers in the area and having worked with many apparel companies world-wide. Our research has received over £5m of PR coverage contributing to the dissemination of our research to the general public. Our Group consists of academic staff with biomechanical and health backgrounds, post-doctoral researchers in breast support and breast biomechanics, postgraduate researchers in areas such as breast pain, breast mechanics and breast education, all driving the global agenda of research in breast biomechanics.
- Professor Martin Severs
- Visiting Professor of Health Care for Older People
I am a practicing Consultant Geriatrician at the local district general hospital [Queen Alexandra Hospital], and also the Associate Dean in Clinical Practice within the Science Faculty at the University of Portsmouth. I am interested in systems of care and in particular the role of the environment as part of the care process, so have recently completed work on flooring that prevents injury when older people fall in hospital.
I have held a number of leadership roles including; Membership of ministerial task forces, National Board membership, Strategic Health Authority Non-Executive Director; Trust Medical Director, Service Clinical Director. I have over 22 years of experience in health informatics and was the original chair of the national medical group and initiator of the national professional information advisory groups for the professions and the NHS.
I am seconded to the Department of Health three days per week where I am the Chairman of the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care which is the single assurance and approval body for the use of Information Standards within the NHS and with its communicating partners in England. I resigned in March 2012 as the Management Board chairman of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation, which is the now 19 country member Danish Association which owns and manages the SNOMED CT terminology. I took up the post of Clinical Lead for the Information Governance Review of the Health and Social Care System in England being led by Dame Fiona Caldicott in April 2012, which was published in May 2013 and have since been asked to be a member of the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel for the health and social care system in England.
- Professor Janis Shute
- Professor of Respiratory Pharmacology
A biochemist by training, I have spent many years working in the fields of respiratory immunology and pharmacology, especially as they relate to understanding the mechanisms and novel therapeutic approaches for asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A particular research focus has been on the multiple pharmacological properties of heparin and their translation into inhaled therapy for inflammatory airways disease, for which I hold three patents. I collaborate with Portsmouth and Southampton University Hospitals Trusts, and other centres in Europe, for both patient and laboratory-based clinical research. I am currently interested in the role of the coagulation cascade in the airways in asthma (funded by Asthma UK), the effect of inhaled heparin in patients with COPD, and the role of endothelial CFTR in the excessive airway inflammation in cystic fibrosis (funded by the Dunhill Trust).
I am Chair of the University of Portsmouth Athena Swan Group which aims to support the advancement and promotion of women in Science, Engineering and Technology, and to address gender inequality in these subjects. Outside of the University I have been a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust Research Advisory Committee for eight years.
- Professor Jim Smith
- Professor of Environmental Science
I am an expert in modelling radioactive pollution in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. I have co-ordinated three multi-national EU-funded projects on the environmental consequences of the Chernobyl accident and regularly work in the Chernobyl 30-km Zone. I am lead author of a major book on the accident: Chernobyl: Catastrophe and Consequences and authored a key Nature opinion piece in the wake of the recent Fukushima accident. I am a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Group on the Chernobyl Cooling Pond, and Chairman of the UK Coordinating Group on Environmental Radioactivity. Formerly at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, I am now Professor of Environmental Science at Portsmouth University.
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- Professor Humphrey Southall
- Professor of Historical Geography
My original research, begun at Cambridge University and developed at the University of London, concerned the origins of Britain’s north-south divide and the development of nineteenth century labour markets, working especially with trade unions records. This led into a broader concern with British regional development, with the various statistical sources which record long-run geographical change including the census, and consequently with making sense of those sources by reconstructing the boundaries of historical reporting units: counties, districts and parishes. I have led the development of the Great Britain Historical GIS (Geographical Information System) for more than twenty years, evolving it from a relatively simple assembly of historical statistics and computerised boundaries into a richer resource also including historical maps and travel writing, organised to enable not just mapping but the tracing of how individual communities have changed over time.
This resource lies behind the very popular web site A Vision of Britain through Time, funded by the UK National Lottery, launched in 2004 and now receiving over a million visitors each year. I am also using the Great Britain Historical GIS in analytic research into long-run population dynamics, land-use change and the relationship between local environments and individual health. The design principles behind our historical GIS are now being incorporated into international projects and I am working on a new historical web site with global scope, PastPlace. I serve on the Office of National Statstics’ Census Academic Advisory Group, and the steering committee of the UK Archives Discovery Network.
- Professor Rob Strachan
- Professor of Geology
Understanding how and why the continents deform is fundamental to understanding Earth’s evolution. My research focuses on understanding mountain building processes and plate tectonic movements in the middle to lower continental crust and how these can be unravelled using modern geochronological techniques. This research has mostly been carried out in the Caledonian orogenic belt of the North Atlantic region (Scotland and NE Greenland) – the most intensively studied ancient mountain belt in the world – and the Cadomian orogen of NW France.
Fieldwork has been funded by collaborative grants from the Greenland Geological Survey and the British Geological Survey/NERC University Collaboration Programme to produce new 1:50,000 scale geological maps of the NW Highlands of Scotland. I have represented the UK on the leadership committees of three UNESCO-funded IGCP projects (IGCP = International Geological Correlation Project). During 2005-2011 I was Chief Editor of the Journal of the Geological Society of London, the pre-eminent UK-based geosciences journal. In June 2012 I was awarded a Coke Medal by the Geological Society.
- Professor Michael John Tipton
- Professor of Human and Applied Physiology
After completing my education at the Universities of Keele and London, I joined the University of Surrey in 1986. After 12 years at the Robens Institute and European Institute of Health and Medical Science I moved to the University of Portsmouth in 1998. In addition to my University positions, I was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Unit of the INM from 1996. I have spent over 25 years researching and advising in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and survival in the sea. I have published over 350 scientific papers, reports, chapters and books in these areas. I am a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force and UKSport; he sits on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Medical & Survival Committee, Surf Lifesaving GB’s medical and research advisory panel and the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society’s medical advisory board. He Chairs UK Sport’s Research Advisory Group which oversees all medical and technological research undertaken with and for Team GB’s athletes. Prof Tipton is Patron of the SARbot charity and section editor of the journal Extreme Physiology and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Prof Tipton provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organisations.
- Professor Liz Twigg
- Professor in Human Geography
My research interests focus on quantitative health geography. I am particularly interested in how place and space influence individual health outcomes and health related behaviours such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Much of this work involves the use of large and complex government sponsored secondary data sources alongside specialist spatial modelling techniques to unpack the relative importance of individual and area characteristics in determining risk of poor health outcomes. These techniques are also used in a predictive framework to provide maps of health behaviours and outcomes across the small areas of countries and regions. Currently these analytical techniques are being used to investigate variations in risk of compulsory admission to mental health hospitals across England and a more localised study is also looking at the co-consumption of tobacco and cannabis amongst adolescents across Hampshire.
I am also interested in perceptions of community well-being and the individual and local drivers that lead to strong levels of community cohesion and trust. This work challenges the assumed detrimental effects of social diversity on such measures of community well-being. Much of my research has been externally funded including grants from ESRC and NHS/NIHR and is often collaborative in nature involving multidisciplinary teams of academics, clinicians and representatives from public health.
- Professor Aldert Vrij
- Professor of Applied Social Psychology
I am Professor of Applied Social Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (UK). My main research interests are (i) nonverbal and verbal correlates of deception and (ii) people’s ability to detect deceit. I have received grants from the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Erasmus Mundus (Joint Doctorate programmes), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Innovation Group, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, and Dutch, British and American Governments, totalling more than £2,500,000. My research has a strongly applied quality, and I work closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers), both in terms of conducting collaborative research and in disseminating the research findings via seminars and workshops. I have published 400 articles and 7 books on the above topics, including my 2008 book Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and opportunities (published by Wiley), a comprehensive overview of research into nonverbal, verbal and physiological deception and lie detection.
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