Local Ambassadors

Help deliver our mission

The Biochemical Society relies on its membership to help deliver its mission of supporting and promoting the molecular biosciences.

Local Ambassadors, Student Ambassadors and Industry Ambassadors are a key group of Members who help us to achieve this goal. They are the first point of contact for the Society at their institution or organization. Biochemical Society Ambassadors encourage new membership, serve as a conduit for the transfer of ideas between local members and the Council of Trustees, and also help to organize local events such as student receptions, a presence at Freshers Fayres and sponsored seminars.  Local Ambassadors and Student Ambassadors based at the same institution are encouraged to make contact with each other and to work in partnership.  It is also suggested that Biochemical Society Ambassadors located near to each other, could collaborate on events and initiatives e.g. an Industry and Local Ambassador could work together on a career-focused event for student members.

Local Ambassadors, Student Ambassadors and Industry Ambassadors are asked to:

  • Organize one Biochemical Society-sponsored seminar or member recruitment event e.g. presence at a Freshers Fayre each year. The Society would provide up to £200 to support the cost of speaker travel, venue hire and/or refreshments. We request that these events are used as an opportunity to promote membership of the Society
  • Help recruit new members at their institution
  • Promote the Society’s activities, grants and journals

In return for this we:

  • Offer Biochemical Society Ambassadors free membership of the Biochemical Society
  • Email you an Ambassador Engagement pack
  • Will send you Society literature to distribute at your recruitment event
  • Will send you a pack of Society materials twice a year for you for display at your institution or on a departmental notice.
  • Email you a bi-monthly Local Ambassadors bulletin with information and requests to support the Society’s activities
  • Will invite you to attend the annual Local Ambassador Day (UK based Local Ambassadors, Student Ambassadors and Industry Ambassadors only)
  • Offer discounted group membership for your undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Minimum group size of 8 x undergraduates or 8 x postgraduates.  Group memberships cannot be comprised of a mix of undergraduates and postgraduates in order to meet the minimum number of 8 members. 

Biochemical Society Ambassadors are listed below. If your institution or organization is not represented on this list and you would like to become a Biochemical Society Ambassador or if you have any questions, please contact the Membership Department for further information.

UK and Republic of Ireland – Local Ambassadors

Institution Ambassador

Aberystwyth University

Dr David Whitworth
Anglia Ruskin University Dr Richard Jones
Aston University Professor Roslyn Bill
Aston University  Dr Alan Goddard
Babraham Institute Dr Jennifer Mitchell
Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London Dr John Foster
Birmingham Medical School Dr Alex Conner
Brunel University London Dr Ruth Mackay
Cardiff Metropolitan University  Dr Rachel Adams
Coventry University Dr Sharon Williams
De Montfort University, Leicester Professor Parvez Haris
Dublin City University Assistant Professor Konstantinos Grintzalis
Green Biologics Ltd  Dr Amanda Harding 
Herriott-Watt University Dr Stephen Yarwood
Imperial College London Dr Stuart Haslam
Institute of Child Health, University College London Dr Mona Bajaj-Elliott
John Innes Centre, Norwich Dr Abbas Maqbool
Keele University Dr Sheila Hope
King’s College London, Women and Children’s Health Dr Kim Jonas
King’s College London Dr Maddy Parsons
Kingston University Dr Nigel Page
Leeds Beckett University Carine De Marcos Lousa
Liverpool John Moores University Dr Andrew Powell
London Metropolitan University Sheelagh Heugh
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Dr Nick Furnham
Loughborough University  Dr Martin Lindley
Manchester Metropolitan University Dr Chris Murgatroyd
National University of Ireland Galway Dr Andrew Flaus 
National University of Ireland Maynooth Dr Sinead Miggin
Nottingham Trent University Dr Aldo Gutierrez
Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Dr Sara Falcone
Queen’s University Belfast Dr Edel Hyland
Royal Holloway, University of London Dr Chris Wilkinson
Royal Veterinary College, University College London Dr Michelangelo Campanella
Sheffield Hallam University Dr Susan Campbell
Solent University Dr Robert Baldock
The Institute of Cancer Research Dr George Poulogiannis
Trinity College Dublin Professor Seamus Martin
Trinity College Dublin Dr Derek Nolan
University of Bradford  Dr Talat Nasim
University College Cork Dr Eoin Fleming
University College Dublin Dr Jana Haase
University of Bath Dr Julien Licchesi
University of Bedfordshire Dr Lindsay McDermott
University of Birmingham Dr Steve Minchin
University of Brighton Dr Nigel Brissett
University of Bristol Dr Paul Race
University of Bristol Dr Kelly Moule
University of Cambridge Dr Sue Ozanne
University of Cambridge Dr Himansha Singh
University of Cardiff Dr Debbie Mason
University of Central Lancashire Dr Vicky Jones
University College Dublin School of
Biomolecular & Biomedical Science 
Dr Margaret McGee
University of Dundee Dr Gopal Sapkota
University of Dundee Dr Graham Rena
University of East Anglia Dr Maria Vardakou
University of Edinburgh Dr Matthew Brook
University of Essex Dr Jonathan Worrall
University of Glasgow Dr Sharon Kelly
University of Glasgow Dr Tom Van Agtmael
University of Hertfordshire Dr Pryank Patel
University of Huddersfield Dr Shamus Burns
University of Hull Dr Isabel Pires
University of Kent Dr Mark Shepherd
University of Lancaster Dr Alexandre Benedetto
University of Leeds Dr Stephen Muench
University of Leeds Professor John Colyer
University of Leicester Dr Pietro Roversi
University of Limerick  Dr Kieran McGourty
University of Lincoln  Dr Stefan Millson
University of Liverpool Professor Jerry Turnbull
University of Manchester Dr Martin Pool
University of Newcastle Dr Zofia Chrzanowska-Lightowlers
University of Nottingham Dr Sally Wheatley
University of Portsmouth Dr Alessandro Siani
University of Reading Dr Mike Fry
University of Sheffield Dr John Rafferty
University of Southampton Dr Mark Coldwell
University of St Andrews Dr Jacqueline Nairn
University of Strathclyde Professor Susan Pyne
University of Sunderland Dr Mark Carlile 
University of Surrey Dr Rachel Simmonds
University of Sussex Professor Simon Morley
University of Swansea Dr Paula Row
University of Ulster, Coleraine Dr Paul Thompson
University of Warwick  Dr Elizabeth Fullam
University of Westminster Dr Sarah Coleman
University of Wolverhampton Dr Terry Bartlett 
University of York Dr Gareth Evans
Weatherall Institute, University of Oxford Dr Robert Beagrie
Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford Dr Thomas Nicol

International Local Ambassadors

The Society also has International Local Ambassadors that promote the Biochemical Society and it’s activities, grants and journals in the country they are based in.

Student Ambassadors

Find out how to become a Student Ambassador for your institution here.