Staff profiles

Professor Geoffrey Nash, Programme Director

Geoff Nash joined the University in March 2011, having previously worked in a company (QinetiQ) for eleven years. He is joint Programme Director, and also the Admissions Tutor, for Natural Sciences.

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.

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Geoff teaches on the Frontiers in Science module.

Professor Geoffrey Nash, Programme Director

Dr James Wakefield, Programme Director

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. He is joint Programme Director for Natural Sciences.

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

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James teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science modules.

Dr James Wakefield, Programme Director

Core team leading teaching in Year 1

Dr Stephen Green, 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

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Stephen teaches on the Foundations in Natural Sciences modules.

Dr Stephen Green, Lecturer in Chemistry

Dr Jennifer Hatchell, Lecturer in Astrophysics

Jenny Hatchell joined the Exeter Astrophysics group in 2004 after holding positions in Cambridge, Manchester and Bonn. 

Her 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

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Jennny teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science modules.

Dr Jennifer Hatchell, Lecturer in Astrophysics

Professor Gino Hrkac, Associate Professor in Functional Materials

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

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Gino teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.

Professor Gino Hrkac, Associate Professor in Functional Materials

Dr Nicola King, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Nicky King 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 focus on 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.

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Nicky teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science modules.

Dr Nicola King, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

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.

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Eduarda teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.

Dr Eduarda Santos, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology

Professor Nick Talbot, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer

Nick 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.

Nick’s research is focused on investigating the biology of plant diseases and, in particular, determining how fungi cause some of the most significant crop diseases. He utilizes a range of cell biology, genetics and genomics approaches in his research on rice blast disease, which has been supported by the BBSRC continuously since 1994.

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Nick teaches on the Frontiers in Science module.

Professor Nick Talbot, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer

Professor Beth Wingate, Professor of 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.

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Beth teaches on the Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Science module.

Professor Beth Wingate, Professor of Mathematics

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.

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Mark teaches on the Foundations in Natural Science module.

Dr Mark Wood, Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

Core teaching team for Year 2 Natural Science modules

Dr Mike Deeks, Lecturer in Plant Biology

Mike Deeks joined the Department if 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.

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Mike teaches on the Frontiers in Science II module.

Dr Mike Deeks, Lecturer in Plant Biology

Dr David Horsell, 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.

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David teaches on the Frontiers in Science module.

Dr David Horsell, Lecturer in Physics

Dr Francesca Palombo, 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.

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Francesca teaches on the Physical Chemistry module.

Dr Francesca Palombo, Lecturer in Biomedical Spectroscopy

Dr Steven Porter, Lecturer in Biochemistry

Steven Porter joined the Department if 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.

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Steven teaches on the Frontiers in Science II module

Dr Steven Porter, Lecturer in Biochemistry

Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Associate Professor

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.

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Krasimira teaches on the Frontiers in Science II module.

Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Associate Professor

Extended teaching team

Professor Stephen Eichhorn, Professor of Materials Science

Stephen Eichhorn joined the University of Exeter in 2011 and is Chair in Materials Science within the College of Engineering, Maths & Physical Sciences.

His research focuses on the mechanical properties and interfaces in natural and sustainable materials, particularly cellulosics, but he has also worked on seashells and fingernails. He is particularly interested in applying principles from biological structures in engineering applications - or biomimetics - for a variety of applications including composites, smart packaging, energy storage and biofunctional materials.

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Professor Stephen Eichhorn, Professor of Materials Science

Professor John Terry, Professor in Biomedical Modelling

John Terry joined the University in January 2012, having previously worked at the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol and Loughborough.

His research interests focus upon the development and application of mathematical and computational methods for understanding biomedical problems, especially in neuroscience and endocrinology. He is currently supported by research funding from Epilepsy Research UK, the BBSRC and the MRC, where he is the theory lead on two long-term Programme Grants, one in the area of epilepsy and the other in the area of stress responsive hormones. John is a visiting scientist at both the University of Bristol and King's College London.

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John teaches on the Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Science module.

Professor John Terry, Professor in Biomedical Modelling

Dr Zena Wood, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Zena Wood has been working at the University since September 2011. She has helped in the development of the first year modules, in particular the Maths and Computer Science components. 

Her research focuses on collective analysis: the identification and reasoning about the existence of groups in large spatiotemporal datasets. She is currently working on a number of interdisciplinary projects with Geography and Psychology

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Zena teaches on the Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Science module.

Dr Zena Wood, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

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