Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact)

Professor Nicholas J Talbot FRS

Professor Nick Talbot is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at the University of Exeter. Professor Talbot graduated in Microbiology from the University of Wales, Swansea and received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of East Anglia. After a period of postdoctoral research at Purdue University in the USA he moved to the University of Exeter, becoming Professor of Molecular Genetics in 1999, Head of the School of Biosciences in 2005, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2010.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact, Professor Talbot oversees a total research portfolio of £220 million and is responsible for the University’s Research Excellence Framework submission and development and implementation of a research strategy for the University. He also chairs the University Ethics Committee and the Research and Impact Strategy Management Group. Professor Talbot Chairs the GW4 Board, our regional alliance of the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter.  Professor Talbot’s research is focused on the biology of plant diseases. He utilises a range of cell biology, genetics and genomics approaches in his research which has been supported by the BBSRC continuously since 1994. Professor Talbot has authored more than 120 scientific papers and reviews and received research fellowships from EMBO and the Nuffield Foundation. Professor Talbot is currently an ERC Advanced Investigator and also holds grants from BBSRC, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Halpin Trust. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB) in 2010, a member of EMBO in 2013, a member of the Academia Europaea in 2014 and a Fellow of The Royal Society (FRS) in 2014. Professor Talbot served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Rothamsted Research (2009 – 14) and is currently Chair of the Council of the Sainsbury Laboratory. He is also a Gatsby Plant Science Advisor and has served on numerous editorial boards, grant panels and advisory boards. 

Find out more on Nick Talbot's Research Group website. Nick also contributes to the Senior Management Blog.