Staff profiles

Professor Geoffrey Nash, Director of Natural Sciences

Geoff Nash joined the University in March 2011, having previously worked in a company (QinetiQ) for eleven years.

His research interests include varied aspects of device physics, particularly the study of new materials such as a graphene, and he is currently receiving research funding from the EU and EPSRC, including an EPSRC Fellowship. Geoff is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a visiting Professor at the University of Bristol.

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Geoff teaches on the Frontiers in Science module.

Dr Nicola King, Director of Studies

Nicky King has been teaching at the University since 2005 and is now senior lecturer in Biosciences, teaching inorganic chemistry at all levels and also teaching science communication to final year students.

As a member of the Education and Scholarship job family her interests focus on the development of innovative teaching methods and materials, focussing on student support, e-learning and widening participation. Nicky is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Nicky teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science modules.

Dr F Hugo Lambert, Admissions Tutor

Hugo joined the University in 2010 and is now senior lecturer in Mathematics.

His research interests are in atmospheric physics and climatology, climate change and human behaviour and ocean biogeochemisty.

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Core teaching team for Year 1 Natural Science modules


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Professor James Wakefield, Associate Professor of Integrative Cellular Biology

James Wakefield joined the University in January 2010, from the University of Oxford, where he was Director of the Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre and a Lecturer in Cell Biology. He is joint Programme Director for Natural Sciences.

His research takes a multi-disciplinary approach, combining cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and mage analysis, to understand the biology underpinning cell division, primarily using the fruit fly, Drosophila Melanogaster, as a model organism. He currently receives research funding from Cancer Research UK and BBSRC. James is a committee member of the British Society for Cell Biology, and a visiting Lecturer at Schumacher College, where he teaches on the MSc in Holistic Science.

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James teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.

Dr Stephen Green, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Stephen Green first joined the University in 1997 as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry.

His research interests are in the broad area of electrochemistry, with emphasis on the development of electrochemical sensors for medical applications.  Current research projects include the development of sensor electrodes for the biomarkers for sepsis and for blood nitrate levels

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Stephen teaches on the Foundations in Natural Sciences module.

Dr Jennifer Hatchell, Lecturer in Astrophysics

Jenny Hatchell joined the Exeter Astrophysics group in 2004 after holding positions in Cambridge, Manchester and Bonn. 

Her research focusses on studies of star formation and molecular clouds using telescopes at infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, including the Spitzer Space Telescope and the 15-metre James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.  She coordinates the JCMT Gould Belt Survey of local star-forming regions and is funded by STFC

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Jennny teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.

Professor Gino Hrkac, Associate Professor in Functional Materials

Gino Hrkac joined the University in August 2012, from the University of Sheffield and is holding a Royal Society University Research Fellow.

His main research area is computational and theoretical magnetism with applications in spin electronic devices such as magnetic nano pillars and Magnetic Tunnel Junctions. His latest research includes ab initio simulations of atomic structures and solid state molecular dynamics for the transition of amorphous to crystalline grain boundaries for high performance magnets used in electric and hybrid cars.

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Gino teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.

Dr Eduarda Santos, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology

Eduarda Santos joined the University of Exeter in 2014.

She is an environmental biologist investigating reproductive development and function and the susceptibility of these processes to disruption by environmental stressors. Her research focuses on fish and has ranged from investigating the endocrine control of reproduction to addressing the population level effects of chemical exposure for wild fish, using systems biology strategies.

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Eduarda teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.

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Professor Beth Wingate, Professor of Mathematics

Beth Wingate joined the University of Exeter in 2013 after studying at the University of Michigan and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, USA.

Her research interests are mainly in fluid mechanics, mathematics, and numerics for high performance computing. Her recent research is focused on physics of the Arctic Ocean, Aymptotic Parallel-in-Time methods for climate modeling and High Performance Computing, and the fluid mechanics of the slow/fast manifolds.

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Beth teaches on the Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Science module.

Dr Mark Wood, Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

Mark Wood joined the University in 2005 as a lecturer within the department of Biosciences.

He is an organic chemist with research interests that cover a wide range of aspects of synthesis. Recent studies have focused on asymmetric synthesis of structurally complex amino acids and also the use of structurally unusual heterocycles for masking the reactivity of synthetically valuable functional groups. His teaching activities cover all aspects of organic chemistry from basic structure and bonding in organic molecules, to complex organic synthesis.

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Mark teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.


Core teaching team for Year 2 Natural Science modules


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Dr Mike Deeks, Lecturer in Plant Biology

Mike Deeks joined the Department if Biosciences at the University of Exeter in July 2013.

He is a cell biologist with an interest in cell polarity; specifically the way plant cells respond to spatial information to guide their immune responses. The cells of complex plants have an acute awareness of the events occurring immediately beyond their walls and make spatially precise responses to any perceived threat. His research aims to understand how multiple cell processes are co-ordinated as a system to achieve this important response that underpins the plant immune system.

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Mike teaches on the Frontiers in Science II module.

Dr David Horsell, Senior Lecturer in Physics

David Horsell became a Lecturer at the University in 2009.

His experimental research focuses on conduction mechanisms in nanostructures. This includes both fundamental and applied studies in a wide range of physical environments. He combines electrical measurements at temperatures down to 10 mK and magnetic fields up to 18 T with optical, scanning probe and electron microscopy studies to understand how conduction occurs. Currently, he is working on graphene-based devices and is developing sensors and other applications based on them.

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David teaches on the Frontiers in Science II module.

Dr Francesca Palombo, Lecturer in Biomedical Spectroscopy

Francesca Palombo joined the University of Exeter as a lecturer in 2013.

Her current research is focused on the development of novel applications of optical spectroscopy to biomedical sciences. She is particularly interested in chemical and physical aspects of biomaterials at a molecular level, as well their implications in health-related problems.

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Francesca teaches on the Physical Chemistry module.

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Dr Steven Porter, Lecturer in Biochemistry

Steven Porter joined the Department if Biosciences at the University of Exeter in 2009.

He researches on bacterial signal transduction with a primary focus on two-component systems and their roles in virulence. He is interested in mechanisms of signal integration and amplification and particularly on how complex behaviour can be controlled by sensory circuits built from simple components. He is also a member of the Microbes and Disease research group.

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Steven teaches on the Frontiers in Science II module.

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Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Associate professor

Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova  joined the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter in July 2013.

Her main research interests fall within the area of biomathematics. She has developed and analysed various mathematical models in order to study certain aspects of signal transduction such as calcium dynamics, (neuro)hormone signalling and frequency response relationships. Krasimira has also recently engaged in collaborative projects in the area of movement science, experimental psychology and healthcare technologies. She has a long-standing interest in applied dynamical systems theory, numerical continuation, scientific computing and finite element methods.

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Krasimira teaches on the Frontiers in Science II module.


Core teaching team for Year 3 Natural Sciences modules


Dr Marc Goodfellow, Associate professor

Marc is a lecturer in Mathematics.

Marc's research is focussed on the use of mathematical models to better understand complex biological systems. Two particular areas of interest for him at present are epilepsy and the role of microRNA/transcription factor networks in the developing nervous system. This inter-disciplinary work is made possible by ongoing collaborations across multiple disciplines including experimental biology and clinical neuroscience.

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Marc coordinates the third year research projects.

Professor Ken Haynes, Professor of Fungal Biology

Ken joined the University of Exeter in 2010 with a Chair in Systems Biology in Biosciences. He is a member of the Microbes & Disease theme.

His research is in understanding the molecular basis of fungal virulence, utilising a functional genomics approach. Also he utilises model fungi in particular Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate basic processes (e.g. cell separation, stress adaptation and pH sensing) that can inform our virulence analyses. Collaboration with computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers to address problems in fungal pathogenicity is at the forefront of the cross-discipline research undertaken.

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Ken coordinates the third year research projects.

Dr Sharon Strawbridge, Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy

Sharon's research interests are in graphene and related 2D materials, looking at both the fundamental properties of graphene and the application of these properties in real devices.


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Sharon coordinates the third year group projects.


Core teaching team for Year 4 Natural Sciences modules


Professor Nick Stone, Professor of Biomedical Imaging and Biosensing

Nick leads the Biomedical Spectroscopy team exploring the novel use of novel vibrational spectroscopic techniques for point of care testing, advanced spectral histopathology and rapid in vivo diagnostics. Here we explore the power of light to measure the changes in the molecular constituents of cells and tissues as disease develops.

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Nick coordinates the fourth year research projects.