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Professor Geoffrey Nash, Director of Natural Sciences

Geoff 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.

Modules: Frontiers in Science

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Dr Nicola King, Director of Studies

Nicky 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 include 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.

Modules: Foundations in Natural Science

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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: year 1

Aileen MacGregor, Lecturer in Engineering

Aileen studied Mathematics at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and was employed by the Meteorological Office as a scientific programmer before joining the University of Exeter. At the Met Office she initially developed software for the very first Supercomputer and trained other research scientists and programmers to use the supercomputer, then became a systems developer, designing the specification for a new computer system to retrieve and process data from meteorological satellites. She also investigated the feasibility of providing forecasters with real-time computer systems for the visualisation of weather information.

Modules: Mathematics and Computing: Integrative tools for Natural Sciences.

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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.

Modules: Foundations in Natural Sciences 

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Dr Jennifer Hatchell, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics

Jenny's research focuses 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.

Modules: Foundations in Natural Science

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Professor Gino Hrkac, Professor in Functional Materials

Gino Hrkac joined the University in August 2012 from the University of Sheffield and is 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.

Modules: Foundations in Natural Science

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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.

Modules: Foundations in Natural Science 

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Dr 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. 

His research takes a multi-disciplinary approach, combining cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and image 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.

Modules: Foundations in Natural Science

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Professor Beth Wingate, Professor in 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, Asymptotic Parallel-in-Time methods for climate modeling and High Performance Computing, and the fluid mechanics of the slow/fast manifolds.

Modules: Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Science

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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.

Modules: Foundations in Natural Science

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Core teaching team: year 2

Dr Mike Deeks, Lecturer in Plant Biology

Mike Deeks joined the Department of 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.

Modules: Frontiers in Science II

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Dr Eric Hébrard, Lecturer in Astrophysics

Eric Hébrard specialises in (exo)planetary atmospheric chemistry. He has developed a new and original strategy for evaluating and insuring both the accuracy and precision of models of different planetary atmospheres, from our outer solar system to the most recently discovered hot Jupiters

Modules: Frontiers in Science

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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.

Modules: Frontiers in Science

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Dr Francesca Palombo, Senior 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.

Modules: Physical Chemistry

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Dr Steven Porter, Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry

Steven Porter joined the Department of 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.

Modules: Frontiers in Science II

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Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Professor of Mathematics for Healthcare

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.

Modules: Frontiers in Science II

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Core teaching team: year 3

Dr Marc Goodfellow, Associate Professor

Marc is a lecturer in Mathematics. His research is focused 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 interdisciplinary work is made possible by ongoing collaborations across multiple disciplines including experimental biology and clinical neuroscience.

Marc coordinates the third year research projects.

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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.

Sharon coordinates the third year group projects.

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Professor Nadine Unger, Associate Professor

Nadine Unger joined the University of Exeter in September 2016 having previously worked for 15 years in the USA at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Yale University.

Prof Unger’s research interests focus on understanding the interactions between atmospheric chemical composition and the climate system. She applies numerical Earth system models in combination with space-based, aircraft and ground observations to quantify the impacts of chemically reactive emissions from human activities and the land biosphere on climate and air quality. She is interested in ozone, methane and aerosol particles.

Current research areas include: plant volatile organic carbon emissions, human land use land cover change impacts on chemistry-climate interactions, air pollution effects on the land carbon and water cycles, atmospheric chemistry in paleoclimates, and climate policy metrics. Prof. Unger has won grant funding from NASA, USA EPA, and the UK Newton Fund.

Modules: Atmospheric Chemistry

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Core teaching team: year 4

Professor Nick Stone, Professor of Biomedical Imaging and Biosensing

Nick leads the Biomedical Spectroscopy team exploring the 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.

Nick coordinates the fourth year research projects.

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