Enterprise Champions

Linking Cambridge Enterprise to its academic partners

Academics, researchers, facilitators and co-ordinators provide an invaluable link between Cambridge Enterprise and University departments and their networks.

They’re called Enterprise Champions, and they act as a first point of contact for department members who want advice on bringing their ideas and expertise to market. They know the resources available through Cambridge Enterprise and foster a good working relationship with colleagues to encourage commercialisation.

Enterprise Champions hail from a wide range of backgrounds – from those doing collaborative corporate research and starting companies, to fundraising and balancing the demands of academic research and business.

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As well as academics, researchers and research facilitators, this group is comprised of Knowledge Transfer Facilitators (KTFs). KTFs support academics and researchers in knowledge transfer and collaborative activities and develop relationships between the University and external partners, and the University’s multi-disciplinary Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks, which bring together internal cross-disciplinary research collaborations and provide a platform for large-scale funding applications, recruitment and international research partnerships. Together, the Enterprise Champions represent some 50 areas of the University.

Champions meet three times a year to share departmental research priorities and updates and ‘hot’ technologies, critique Cambridge Enterprise’s performance and network with like-minded colleagues from other parts of the University. They are kept abreast of the latest developments in IP and research policy, and are given the opportunity to share their opinions with University policymakers.

To learn more about the programme, contact Jo Tramontin. To enquire about becoming an Enterprise Champion, contact your head of department.

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Michael Ramage – Architecture

+44 (0)1223 760121 mhr29@cam.ac.uk
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Michael is a Senior University Lecturer in the Department of Architecture. His specialities include designing and building structural masonry spans using traditional techniques and new materials.

Dr Daniel Wunderlich – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

+44 (0)1223 761365 daniel.wunderlich@admin.cam.ac.uk
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Daniel is a Research Facilitator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. His role includes discussion of research grant and fellowship funding options and research plans, assistance with funding applications, information on funding bodies and their funding schemes, assistance with building and funding a research network for interdisciplinary research, international projects and assistance with submissions to the University internal peer review.

Dr Andrea Salter – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

+44 (0)1223 764079 andrea.salter@admin.cam.ac.uk
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Andrea is a Research Facilitator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Her role includes assisting academics in planning and preparing research grant and fellowship applications, engaging with funders and publicising appropriate funding opportunities, and developing research networks for interdisciplinary research and international projects. Andrea is a cultural sociologist and has held research positions at Edinburgh, UCL and Cambridge.

Professor Peter Leadlay – Biochemistry

+44 (0)1223 333656 pfl10@cam.ac.uk
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Peter is the Herchel Smith Professor of Biochemistry. His research interests are in the genetics and enzymology of natural product biosynthesis.

Dr Tamsin Sayer – School of the Biological Sciences

+44 (0)1223 764799 tamsin.sayer@admin.cam.ac.uk
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Tamsin is the Translational Research Facilitator for the School of Biological Sciences. Tamsin is based in the Research Operations Office.

Dr Dora Alexopoulou – Cambridge Bilingualism Network

+44 (0)1223 767392 ta259@cam.ac.uk
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Dora Alexopoulou is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, leading the Education First Unit which promotes research in second language learning of English and innovation in language teaching through a systematic cross-fertilisation between linguistic research and teaching techniques. She is a co-founder of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network, a public engagement initiative to promote the linguistic and cognitive advantages of bilingualism.

Dr Katja Kivinen – Cambridge Cardiovascular

+44 (0)1223 331504 kjk28@cam.ac.uk
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Katja is the Co-ordinator of the Cambridge Cardiovascular Strategic Research Initiative. Katja also manages two cardiovascular research centres (BHF Cambridge Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence and BHF Oxbridge Centre of Regenerative Medicine). A key part of Katja’s role is to strengthen existing links between cardiovascular researchers and academic/industrial partners, and to identify new collaborative and funding opportunities.

Dr Tammy Dougan – Cambridge Immunology SRN

+44 (0)1223 330138 td378@medschl.cam.ac.uk
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Tammy is Co-ordinator of Cambridge Immunology, which brings together immunologists working in and around Cambridge, whose work ranges from discovery of the basic molecular mechanisms underpinning the immune response through to applications relevant to the clinic, to industry and to global health.

Dr Allyson Walsh – Cambridge Infectious Diseases

+44 (0)1223 337645 alw83@cam.ac.uk
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Allyson is Co-ordinator of Cambridge Infectious Diseases, which promotes programmes of research collaboration and capacity building to meet the challenges of infectious diseases in both developed and developing countries, with particular emphasis on global health.

Professor David Rubinsztein – Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

+44 (0)1223 762608 dcr1000@cam.ac.uk
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David is Deputy Director of the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, Professor of Molecular Neurogenetics and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow. His research interests are in autophagy and neurodegeneration.

Jane Walsh – Cambridge Language Sciences

+44 (0)1223 767397 jaw75@cam.ac.uk
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Jane is Co-ordinator of Cambridge Language Sciences, a University of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative connecting language researchers and practitioners across the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, computer science and engineering, and spanning University departments and affiliates such as the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and Cambridge Assessment. Jane’s role is to build the network in order to facilitate new cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

Dr Dervila Glynn – Cambridge Neuroscience / Pharmacology

+44 (0)1223 334003 dg248@cam.ac.uk
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Dervila is Co-ordinator of Cambridge Neuroscience, which connects multi-disciplinary neuroscience research and teaching across the University and affiliated institutes to increase fundamental understanding of brain function and enhance quality of life.

Dr Oliver Hadeler – CamBridgeSens

+44 (0)1223 762240 oh209@cam.ac.uk
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Oliver is the Programme Manager for CamBridgeSens, which strengthens the University community in sensor-related research across engineering, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, materials and biotechnology to catalyse sensor innovation and application.

Dr Geoff Moggridge – Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

+44 (0)1223 334763 gdm14@cam.ac.uk
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Geoff is a Reader in Chemical Product Design in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Geoff has a longstanding interest in the design and development of chemical products and his research is focused on the production and control of microstructures in materials for particular functional applications.

Professor Tuomas Knowles – Chemistry

+44 (0)1223 336344 tpjk2@cam.ac.uk
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Tuomas is Professor of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics in the Department of Chemistry. His research group is highly interdisciplinary, focusing on the physiochemical properties and behaviour of biological molecules and soft materials.

Dr Yolande Cordeaux – Chemistry

+44 (0)1223 746896 yc265@cam.ac.uk
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Yolande is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator for the Department of Chemistry.

Dr Maria Adams – Metabolic Research Laboratories / Clinical Biochemistry

+44 (0)1223 769059 ma454@medschl.cam.ac.uk
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Maria is Senior Research Manager at the Wellcome Trust–MRC Institute of Metabolic Science. Maria’s role includes supporting the development of major funding applications, strategic relationships and knowledge transfer activities. Maria also focuses on public engagement and developing activities and events in this area.

Maria is an Enterprise Champion for the Institute of Metabolic Science and the Department of Clinical Biochemistry.

Dr Jana Voigt – School of Clinical Medicine

+44 (0)1223 760684 translation@medschl.cam.ac.uk
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Jana heads the Office for Translational Research, which is responsible for developing and managing key industrial research partnerships as well as developing a programme of translational research projects on behalf of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP). The Office works closely with investigators from the CUHP partner institutions to translate findings from their basic biological, biomedical or clinical research into interventions, therapeutics and diagnostics that will improve human health.

Dr Anthony Davenport – Clinical Pharmacology Unit

+44 (0)1223 336899 apd10@medschl.cam.ac.uk
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Anthony is Reader in Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Director of the Human Receptor Research Group in the Department of Experimental Medicine and Immunotherapeutics. His research concentrates on understanding the role of G-protein coupled receptors, together with their transmitters in the human cardiovascular system and how these are altered with disease.

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Dr Andrea Kells – Computer Laboratory

+44 (0)1223 763667 ark20@cam.ac.uk
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Andrea is Research and Partnerships Facilitator in the Computer Laboratory. She helps academics find funding and develop links with industry, is a first point of contact for potential research sponsors, and takes forward the research strategy for the department.

Alison Harvey – University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

+44 (0)1223 333389 ah786@cam.ac.uk
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Alison is Research and Communications Manager for the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI), which promotes collaborative research on biodiversity conservation and its impacts. Alison’s role is to provide an overarching research and communications framework for the University conservation community.

Dr Ian Farnan – Earth Sciences

+44 (0)1223 333431 if203@cam.ac.uk
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Ian is a Reader in Earth and Nuclear Materials in the Department of Earth Sciences. He is an authority on the effect of nuclear radiation on materials and has developed nuclear magnetic resonance methods to provide an element specific probe of radiation damage and actinide substitution in a range of materials from nuclear fuels and claddings to waste forms.

David Carter – Education

+44 (0)1223 767624 djc64@cam.ac.uk
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David is a Research Administrator in the Faculty of Education.

Dr Isabelle de Wouters – Energy@Cambridge

+44 (0)1223 336052 id205@cam.ac.uk
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Isabelle is the Director of Scientific Development for the Energy@Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative. This aims to tackle grand technical and intellectual challenges in energy by leveraging University expertise across formal departmental and discipline boundaries from technology, physical and life sciences to the humanities and social sciences, business and management.

Helen Francis – Engineering

+44 (0)1223 761429 hjf37@cam.ac.uk
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Helen is a Research Manager and Knowledge Transfer Facilitator in the Department of Engineering.

Chris Rider – Engineering

+44 (0)1223 767880 cbr24@cam.ac.uk
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Chris has been Director of the Cambridge Innovation and Knowledge Centre (CIKC) since 2009 and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics from its inception in 2013.

Dr Chris Pearson – Engineering

+44 (0)1223 332823 cp349@cam.ac.uk
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Chris is a Research Manager and Knowledge Transfer Facilitator within the Department of Engineering.

Philip Guildford – Engineering

+44 (0)1223 332671 pg28@cam.ac.uk
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Philip is the Director of Research and Finance in the Department of Engineering and Deputy Head of Department for Strategy and Operations. He guides the development of research strategies, helps sponsors navigate through the University, helps academics find sponsors and offers advice on commercialisation.

Alexandra Bolton – Engineering

+44 (0)1223 332834 ahb34@cam.ac.uk
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Alexandra is a Research Support Manager in the Department of Engineering.

Professor Arokia Nathan – Electrical Engineering

+44 (0)1223 748302 an299@eng.cam.ac.uk
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Arokia is the Chair of Photonic Systems and Displays in the Department of Engineering and Director of the Hetero-Genesys Laboratory. His research addresses the integration of electronics with emerging materials and augmenting CMOS with sensors and energy elements on flexible substrates for wearable technology in healthcare.

Dr David Summers – Genetics

+44 (0)1223 333991 dks11@cam.ac.uk
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David is a Senior Lecturer, group leader and Deputy Head (Teaching) in the Department of Genetics. His research interests include indole signalling in E. coli, bacterial antibiotic resistance and the development of a quiescent bacterial cell factory.

Dr Eric Miska – Gurdon Institute

+44 (0)1223 334088 eam29@cam.ac.uk
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Eric is Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics and Senior Group Leader at the Gurdon Institute. His research focuses on non-coding RNA, epigenetics and genome stability.

Professor Jim Huntington – Haematology

+44 (0)1223 763230 jah52@cam.ac.uk
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Jim is Professor of Molecular Haemostasis in the Department of Haematology. His research focuses on serpin function and dysfunction, and on the regulation of blood coagulation.

Dr Michaël de Volder – Institute for Manufacturing

+44 (0)1223 338176 mfld2@cam.ac.uk
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Michaël is Reader in NanoManufacturing and Engineering Design and head of the NanoManufacturing group at the Institute of Manufacturing, Department of Engineering.

Dr Maria Adams – Metabolic Research Laboratories / Clinical Biochemistry

+44 (0)1223 769059 ma454@medschl.cam.ac.uk
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Maria is Senior Research Manager at the Wellcome Trust–MRC Institute of Metabolic Science. Maria’s role includes supporting the development of major funding applications, strategic relationships and knowledge transfer activities. Maria also focuses on public engagement and developing activities and events in this area.

Maria is an Enterprise Champion for the Institute of Metabolic Science and the Department of Clinical Biochemistry.

Dr Rachel Hobson – Materials Science and Metallurgy

+44 (0)1223 334328 rjh24@msm.cam.ac.uk
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Rachel is Research and Business Development Manager at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Dr Stephanie North – Mathematics

+44 (0)1223 760414 sn468@cam.ac.uk
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Stephanie is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator for the Faculty of Mathematics, covering both the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS). Stephanie supports knowledge exchange and collaboration activities between Cambridge Mathematics and external partners such as industry.

Professor John Aston – Mathematics

+44 (0)1223 766535 jada2@statslab.cam.ac.uk
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John is Professor of Statistics in the Statistical Laboratory. He specialises in statistical analysis at the interface of methodology and applied statistics, and is interested in all applied statistical areas, particularly statistical neuroimaging and statistical linguistics.

Dr Agnieszka Iwasiewicz-Wabnig – Physics / Maxwell Centre

+44 (0)1223 761669 ai261@cam.ac.uk
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Agnieszka is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator (KTF) for the Department of Physics. She works closely with KTFs based in other departments in Cambridge, researchers within the Cavendish Laboratory and external (primarily industrial) partners.

Agnieszka is also the Programme Manager for the Maxwell Centre, a gateway for academia-industry interaction across physical sciences and technology.

Dr Ben Hall – MRC Cancer Unit

+44 (0)1223 363268 bh418@mrc-cu.cam.ac.uk
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Ben is a Group Leader at the MRC Cancer Unit, on the Addenbrooke’s site. His research group focuses on using advanced computational methods to understand how a series of failures within cells leads to the development of cancers.

Professor Steve Charnock-Jones – Obstetrics and Gynaecology

+44 (0)1223 336875 dscj1@cam.ac.uk
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Steve is Professor of Reproductive Biology at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His research interests include placental development and the identification of biomarkers that predict adverse outcome and mouse models of clear cell ovarian cancer.

Dr Roman Hovorka – Paediatrics

+44 (0)1223 762862 rh347@cam.ac.uk
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Roman is Director of Research at the Institute of Metabolic Science and the Department of Paediatrics. His research aims to support the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic diseases using mathematical modelling techniques with particular focus on diabetes.

Dr Emily Clemente – Pathology

+44 (0)1223 765667 ec294@cam.ac.uk
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Emily is a Research Associate in the Department of Pathology.

Dr Tai-Ping Fan – Pharmacology

+44 (0)1223 334015 tpf1000@cam.ac.uk
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Tai-Ping is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Angiogenesis and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology.

Dr Dervila Glynn – Cambridge Neuroscience / Pharmacology

+44 (0)1223 334003 dg248@cam.ac.uk
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Dervila is Co-ordinator of Cambridge Neuroscience, which connects multi-disciplinary neuroscience research and teaching across the University and affiliated institutes to increase fundamental understanding of brain function and enhance quality of life.

Dr Agnieszka Iwasiewicz-Wabnig – Physics / Maxwell Centre

+44 (0)1223 761669 ai261@cam.ac.uk
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Agnieszka is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator (KTF) for the Department of Physics. She works closely with KTFs based in other departments in Cambridge, researchers within the Cavendish Laboratory and external (primarily industrial) partners.

Agnieszka is also the Programme Manager for the Maxwell Centre, a gateway for academia-industry interaction across physical sciences and technology.

Michael Simmons – Physics

+44 (0)1223 746626 mps48@cam.ac.uk
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Michael is a Collaborative Research Facilitator for the Department of Physics. Michael is a point of contact for companies and organisations interested in possible collaborations with the Laboratory and supports the development of research proposals, finding funding and co-ordinating projects when underway, including interdisciplinary collaborations in cancer such as www.compRT.org, and in environmental, energy and security areas.

Professor Mike Payne – Physics

+44 (0)1223 337381 mcp1@cam.ac.uk
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Mike is Professor of Computational Physics and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Methods for Materials Science. He has worked on first principles total energy calculations since 1985, and is the author of the first principles total energy pseudopotential code CASTEP.

Dr Jennifer Nichols – Physiology, Development & Neuroscience

+44 (0)1223 760229 jn270@cam.ac.uk
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Jenny is a Reader of Embryonic Pluripotency in the Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience. Her research group is based at the Wellcome Trust–Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

Professor Bill Colledge – Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

+44 (0)1223 333881 whc23@cam.ac.uk
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Bill is Professor of Reproductive Physiology in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. His research group uses transgenic mouse models of human disease to understand the mechanisms of disease progression and to develop new treatment strategies.

Dr Mariana Fazenda – Plant Sciences

+44 (0)1223 333956 ml745@cam.ac.uk
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Mariana is the Innovation & Enterprise Project Officer for the Department of Plant Sciences. Her role is to co-ordinate the CambPlants Hub (www.cambplants.group.cam.ac.uk) by facilitating interactions between plant-related research carried out in the University and industry, as well as outreach activities, with a view to encouraging and developing innovative cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

Dr Matthew Davey – Plant Sciences

+44 (0)1223 339943 mpd39@cam.ac.uk
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Matthew is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Plant Sciences. His research focuses on algal and plant physiology and environmental metabolomics.

Professor John Rust – Director, Psychometrics Centre

+44 (0)1223 769483 jnr24@cam.ac.uk
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John is Director of The Psychometrics Centre. The Centre focuses on new applications of psychometric methodology in the internet age, and its ability to predict human characteristics and future behaviour from digital traces that people leave online. It also provides open source software, apps and APIs that enable adaptive testing and human predictive technology to be researched and implemented at low cost.

Dr Charlotte Sausman – Cambridge Public Policy

+44 (0)1223 334572 cs738@cam.ac.uk
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Charlotte is the Co-ordinator of the Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative, which aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines who work on public policy at the University, and generate new areas of public policy research.

Dr Tennie Videler – PublicHealth@Cambridge

+44 (0)1223 330304 hv219@medschl.cam.ac.uk
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Tennie is the Co-ordinator of the PublicHealth@Cambridge strategic research network, which aims to generate fresh insight into the health and wellbeing of populations by establishing a multi-disciplinary community of researchers; supporting development of new research and co-ordinated activities in areas of importance to the health of the public; and facilitating translation of research to benefit current and future populations.

Professor Yrjö Helariutta – Sainsbury Laboratory

+44 (0)1223 761144 yrjo.helariutta@slcu.cam.ac.uk
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Yrjö is a Professor at the Sainsbury Laboratory. His primary research interest is in understanding the patterning processes involved in plant vascular development.

Jenny Molloy – Cambridge Synthetic Biology

jcm80@cam.ac.uk
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Jenny is Co-ordinator of the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative, which foucses on delivering sustainable and socially acceptable new technologies through transformational research, interdisciplinary exchange and open technologies for innovation.

Dr Paula Buttery – Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

+44 (0)1223 767384 pjb48@cam.ac.uk
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Paula is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Her primary interests are in the construction and evaluation of (psycho)-computational models of language acquisition, and also in automated corpus analysis (grammatical and lexical acquisition from corpora).

Dr Raymond Bujdoso – Veterinary Medicine

+44 (0)1223 337655 rb202@cam.ac.uk
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Raymond is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Immunology in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. His research interest is in prion disease pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapeutic strategy.

Dr Anna Davies – Veterinary Medicine

+44 (0)1223 331665 avd26@medschl.cam.ac.uk
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Anna is Research and Engagement Co-ordinator at the Department of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr Joanna Mills – Wellcome Genome Campus

+44 (0)1223 495359 joanna.mills@wellcomegenomecampus.org
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Joanna joined the Wellcome Genome Campus as Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre Manager as part of their vision to establish the Genome Campus as a world-leading innovation ecosystem for Genomes and BioData.

Prior to this Jo spent over 15 years at the Cambridge Judge Business School developing entrepreneurship education. For 10 years she was Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and was the Founding Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship where she worked with almost 200 aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe.

Dr Chibeza Agley – Wellcome Trust/Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

07930 913946 cca27@cam.ac.uk
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Chibeza is a Research Fellow at Homerton College and an interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher at the Wellcome Trust/Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. Chibeza is also founder and CEO of CamBioScience Limited, a Cambridge-based life sciences start-up that provides a range of products and services to academia and industry.

Professor Derek Smith – Zoology

+44 (0)1223 330933 dsmith@zoo.cam.ac.uk
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Derek is Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics and Director of the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology. Derek’s research interests include pathogen surveillance, vaccination, cross-reactive immune response, integration of phenotypic and genetic analyses, and fitness landscapes, comparative evolution and predictability of evolution.

Dr David Aldridge – Zoology

+44 (0)1223 334436 d.aldridge@zoo.cam.ac.uk
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David is a Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology in the Department of Zoology. David’s work focuses on applied freshwater ecology, with a particular emphasis on bivalve molluscs.

Image: Cambridge Enterprise Champions Paul Mantle (Materials Science and Metallurgy) and Alexandra Bolton (Engineering).