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Dr Adrian Watson

Dr Adrian Watson

Technical Operations Manager

 01326 371899

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 0.12b


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday


My role is to manage overall technical support for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the University of Exeter Medical School on the Penryn Campus, along with wider responsibilities for some Technical Services activities across the Campus, such as acting as Biological Safety Officer. As part of that role I have overall responsibility for Technical Services support within the ESI. This includes line management of Technical Services staff, maintenance of building systems, liaison with FX Plus, responsibility for refurbishments and upgrades and for Health and Safety management.


BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (University of East Anglia)

PhD - Fungal Genetics (University of East Anglia / Institute of Food Research, Norwich)

ISTR Biosafety Practitioner Level 1


After completing my PhD, I held post-doctoral positions at IFR working on various aspects of protein secretion in fungi for industrial processes. I then moved to the University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow working on protein secretion as part of the Fungal Genetics group in the School of Biology, where part of my role was to manage the research laboratories and ancillary facilities of the group. At the end of the fellowship I was accepted on to a Midlands Medici Technology Transfer Fellowship and spent a year pursuing knowledge transfer projects on behalf of various departments within the University of Nottingham and, as part of this, acted as part-time Commercial Operations Manager for a University spin-out company.

More recently I have held positions as School Manager for the School of Biology at Newcastle University and as Operations / Technical Manager for a Newcastle University spin-out company that provides microbiological testing and identification services.  My first role at the University of Exeter was as Operations Manager for the ESI.



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