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Dr Adrian Watson

Dr Adrian Watson

Technical Strategy & Operations Partner, Cornwall

 01326 371899

 Stella Turk Building L07


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


My role is to manage technical support for the Penryn Campus, along with wider responsibilities for some activities across the Campus, such as fulfilling the role of Biological Safety Officer. As part of this role I have responsibility for technical support within the ESI. This includes line management of technical 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 previous roles at the University have been as Operations Manager for the ESI and Technical Operations Manager for College of Life and Environmental Sciences activities on the Penryn Campus.

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Office Hours:

8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

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