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Visiting Staff

  • Dr Andrew Beard, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr John Cunningham, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Joel Davis,  Honorary Research Fellow
  • Jane De Rennes, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Christopher Dulson, Associate Research Fellow
  • Dr Mohamed Ramy El-Maarry, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Jerome Gouge, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Robert William Janes, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Susan Little, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Professor Elena Orlova, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Philip Robinson, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Renos Savva, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Hank Sombroek, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Professor Maya Topf, Honorary Research Fellow, Visiting Professor
  • Dr Andrew Turnball, Honorary Research Fellow
  • David Wilson, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Debbie Woods, Associate Research Fellow


  • Professor Paul Barnes: Professor of Applied Crystallography. Visit Professor Paul Barnes' fellows page or .
  • Professor Charlie Bristow: Professor of Sedimentology.
  • Professor Andrew Carter: Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences. Professor Carter is a specialist in thermochronology and geochronology, methods used to define rock formation ages, sediment provenance and rock uplift history. He was awarded the International Dodson prize in 2018. His research covers understanding Asian tectonics in relation to the formation of the Himalayas and Tibet, the glaciation history of Antarctica, and opening of the Scotia Sea. This research sheds light on the key changes in the Earth's climate over the last 50 million years. .
  • Dr Geoff Coast: Emeritus Reader in Comparative Endocrinology. Dr Coast's research focuses on insect neuroendocrinology, particularly the endocrine control of excretory processes. Investigations study the effect of diuretic hormones at the cellular level (receptor binding, second messenger and ion transport studies), on the secretion of primary urine by isolated Malpighian tubules, and on fluid excretion in the intact insect. His research also covers the release of peptide hormones from neurohaemal organs and their degradation in the circulation. .
  • Professor Graham Goldsworthy: Professor of Biology. In 1986 Graham Goldwsorthy was appointed Professor of Biology and head of the department at Birkbeck. While at Birkbeck, his interests in insect neuropeptides have included structure/activity relationships; molecular modelling; structure prediction including CD analysis; the synthesis and design of novel analogues; studies of their actions in the insect; and characterisation and identification of their second messenger systems and receptors. .
  • Professor Elizabeth Hounsell: Professor of Biological Chemistry. Professor Hounsell's research covers projects looking at macromolecular interactions involved in growth control, immune surveillance and neuropathology. These areas lead on to cancer studies, autoimmunity, allergy, AIDS and infection. A major aim of her lab's research is to understand the role of protein glycosylation in cell regulation and to learn how to manipulate protein and oligosaccharide structure in rational drug design. .
  • Professor Nicholas Keep: Professor of Biomolecular Science. View Professor Nicholas Keep's Fellowship page.
  • Professor Alan Mackay, FRS
  • Dr Andrew Milner: Emeritus Reader in Vertebrate Palaeontology. Dr Milner's principal research programmes are concerned with the structure, biogeography and evolution of amphibians, ancient and modern. Research on early amphibians, especially those of the order temnospondyli, includes investigations on their morphology, evolution, biogeography, palaeobiology and circumstances of their death and preservation. Research on modern amphibian groups looks at their origin and early diversification, historically a problem area for biologists because of an apparently poor fossil record. .
  • Professor David Moss: Emeritus Professor of Biomolecular Structure. Visit Professor David Moss' fellows page. Visit Professor David Moss' research website. .
  • Dr Rex Palmer: Emeritus Reader in Structural Crystallography. Dr Palmer's research interests focus on the structure and function of biologically active molecules in general with particular reference to: ribonuclease structure and function; mistletoe lectin, sambucus niger lectin, RIP toxins and other lectin protein structures; drug design and small molecule crystallography; cyclosporin structures; sodium channel binding drugs; and molecular modelling and dynamics. .
  • Professor Christine Slingsby: Emerita Professor of Structural Biology. Professor Slingsby's research interests include: the origin of the vertebrate eye lens; interactions of crystallins, refractive index and transparency; the structure of alpha-crystallin and related small heat shock proteins; changes to eye lens crystallins in cataract; the role of small heat shock proteins in neuromuscular systems; and small heat shock proteins in aging and disease. .
  • Professor Michael Thompson: Emeritus Professor of Analytical Chemistry. Professor Thompson's research interests include statistical aspects of calibration and data quality in analytical chemistry, food safety, chemometrics, metrology, sampling quality, and geochemistry and environmental chemistry. He is the recipient of several awards including Honorary Life Membership of the International Association of Geoanalysts, the Harvey Wiley Award, the L S Theobald Lectureship and the SAC Gold Medal. .

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