The Management Board of the Norwich Research Park Biosciences DTP includes senior faculty members from each of the partners within the programme. The team is led by Professor Dave Evans.
Professor Dave Evans
Director of the NRPDTP
Professor Dave Evans was a project leader with the AFRC/BBSRC for 26 years, initially at the Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory in Sussex and then at JIC. His research interests span from bioinorganic chemistry to bionanoscience and he has played a major part in developing the use of plant viruses as nanobuilding blocks, scaffolds or templates for applications in materials science and medicine. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Biological Chemistry at the University of Hull and soon after became Head of the Department of Chemistry and, most recently, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. He returned to the NRP in the spring of 2017.
Professor Tracey Chapman
Professor of Evolutionary Genetics - UEA School of Biological Sciences
Tracey Chapman is an evolutionary geneticist interested in understanding how reproductive traits evolve and how they function and are regulated at a mechanistic level. Her core interest is in evaluating the potential of sexual selection and sexual conflict for driving evolutionary change, and in understanding the underlying mechanisms involved.
Professor Neil Hall
Director of the Earlham Institute
Neil is the Director of EI and has been working in genomics for over 15 years. He has previously led research groups at the Sanger Institute, The Institute for Genomic Research, and The University of Liverpool. His research focusses on comparative and evolutionary genomics in pathogens (particularly parasitic protists) to understand the molecular basis of important phenotypes such as virulence and host specificity. His group also apply genomics to the analysis of microbial communities in order to understand how they may influence health or respond to changing environments. Neil serves on the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Resources Committee and the BBSRC Exploring New Ways of Working Strategy Panel.
Professor Jonathan Jones
Senior Scientist - The Sainsbury Laboratory
Jonathan Jones is a Senior Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory. His group uses molecular and genetic approaches to study disease resistance in plants. He has made numerous and sustained contributions to the science of plant pathology. His group was among the first to isolate and characterize a plant disease resistance gene and he was the first to demonstrate that resistance induced in plants towards pathogens is based on specific classes of innate immune receptors.
Professor Richard Mithen
Programme Leader - Quadram Institute Bioscience
Richard Mithen leads the Food and Health programme at the QIB. His own research interests are in how diets rich in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, can reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. This work extends from the development of new varieties of broccoli with added health benefits to their use in human dietary intervention studies in collaboration with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Professor Sarah O'Connor
Project leader - Biological Chemistry
Sarah O'Connor is a Project Leader at the John Innes Centre in the Department of Biochemistry. She performed her graduate work at both Caltech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was an Irving Sigal post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. After her post-doctoral work, she became assistant and then associate professor of Chemistry at MIT. Her work has been recognized by several awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, the American Chemical Society Pfizer Award and the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Ms Julie Schofield
Professional Internship Programme
Julie Schofield is the Joint Head of Careers and Business Engagement at the University of East Anglia and leads the administrative team responsible for the development and management of Student Enterprise, Internship and Mentoring programmes and employer focussed career development. Prior to joining the University of East Anglia, Julie was Business Development Director at Business Link Norfolk.
Dr Sarah Yeates
Training Co-ordinator - UEA Faculty of Science
Sarah Yeates is the training co-ordinator of the Personnel and Professional Development Programme for PhD students in the Faculty of Science at UEA. Sarah was previously a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at UEA teaching a range of subjects across evolution, ecology and environmental science. She gained her PhD from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia and developed her career through post-doctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Ecology in Germany and then at the University of East Anglia where she investigated the evolution of gamete compatibilities.
Dr Kate Conway
NBI Graduate School Manager
Kate Conway is a Senior Manager for Postgraduate Research at the University of East Anglia and leads the administrative team responsible for PGR students at the Norwich Bioscience Institutes. Kate gained her PhD at the John Innes Centre and after post-doctoral research at JIC and Cambridge University she has worked for several years in the management and development of postgraduate research programmes.
Dr Sarah Eglington
Sarah Eglington is the Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) Coordinator for our NRPDTP students. Sarah gained her PhD from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia and subsequently worked as a research ornithologist for a conservation charity and an environmental consultancy.
Michelle Eastman is the NRPDTP Administrator. Prior to joining the Graduate School Office, Michelle worked as Research Administrator at Norwich University of the Arts.
Learning & Development (L&D) Manager
Vanda is the Learning & Development (L&D) Manager for the Norwich Biosciences Institutes – responsible for the strategy, policies and delivery of learning across the institutes and partnership. With a background in psychology, Vanda began her career in corporate development and has worked internationally as a learning consultant – designing and delivering programmes for private, public and not for profit sector organisations across a broad range of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, engineering, international government and education. She is passionate about enabling others’ learning, is a qualified leadership coach, supervisor and licensed psychometric practitioner with the BPS.
Sarah Bennion is the Financial Controller at the Norwich Bioscience Institutes. She is responsible for providing financial analysis and support for the DTP programmes. She has over 15 years experience in various financial roles across a range of companies. She obtained her accountancy qualification in 2008 and has a BA in Finance from Sheffield University.