Liam is from Dublin and graduated with a degree in Botany at University College Dublin. He carried out PhD research on plant developmental genetics at the University of Pennsylvania with Scott Poethig. After 13 years running his own research group at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, he moved to the University of Oxford as the Sherardian Professor of Botany in 2009 and is now Head of the Department of Plant Sciences. His research identifies developmental mechanisms controlling cellular development in plants and investigates how these mechanisms evolved in the course of green plant evolution.
Rick's research interests are parasites which live in mammalian hosts for long periods and have evolved an array of mechanisms for diverting and manipulating the host immune response. He studies the interaction between nematode parasites and the immune system in order to understand parasite survival, to devise new means of shifting the balance towards protective immunity, and to isolate novel molecules from nematode parasites which modify immune responses.
Jane started her research career as a tropical entomologist commuting between the UK and the rainforests of Costa Rica. She then discovered the delights of a life of constant summer and spent the winters working with the weed biological control team in New Zealand. The arrival of two children led to field sites somewhat closer to home. She currently runs a research group at Bristol that uses ecological networks as a tool for asking about the impact of environmental change. She works in a variety of research fields including the impact of alien species on natural communities, the impact of farming on biodiversity, urban ecology and restoration ecology. Field sites range from English meadows to Hawaiian swamps and from Scottish islands to Cornish heaths.
Malcolm has BSc in Pharmacology/Biochemistry and a PhD in Neuropharmacology. He has gained a wide breadth of experience in the management of research activities and has more than 60 publications including articles on the interface between industry and academia. For more than a decade he has managed Academic Liaison at GSK managing staff in the UK and US. His role involves close liaison with several groups outside the Company e.g. Government Departments, Research and Funding Councils, Small Biotechnology Companies and other science-driven organisations. He sits on many external bodies including the PraxisUnico Board and several UK University Department advisory groups. He also chairs several groups including the Diamond (Synchotron) Industrial Advisory Board, the Science Industry Partnership for Life Sciences skills and the ABPI group working on academic liaison. Malcolm was awarded a CBE in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his contribution to the pharmaceutical industry as well as an Honorary Professorship from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, an honorary degree from Dundee University and an honorary DSc from the University of Hertfordshire.