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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Research

The School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences at Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s elite research centres, according to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK-wide assessment of university research.

92% of our School’s research is rated as either world-leading (4-star) or internationally excellent (3-star), and we are ranked 13th in the UK for research impact.

We are home to an active and multi-disciplinary research programme. Our research staff are engaged in a wide range of projects across the broad sweep of biological and psychological sciences. Much of this work is made possible by our in-house analytical services and core facilities, supported by our skilled technical staff.

Our research activity is organised under three departments.

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Within our three departments there are groups of researchers focused on more specific themes. We also work across Queen Mary’s three faculties through collaborative research centres.

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Use the table below to search for our academic staff by name, department, research group, or interest. View academic profiles for details of publications, research interests and areas of research supervision.







Name Position hide Department Department hide Research group Research group Interests
Agnew-Blais, Dr Jessica  Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology

Resilience, Health and Well-being

Resilience, Health and Well-being

ADHD, psychiatric epidemiology
Apergis-Schoute, Dr John Senior Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology  
Argyriou, Dr Evi Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Language and communication
Bada, Dr Maria Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Cybersecurity and human and computer interaction
Barros, Dr Mario Dos Reis Senior Lecturer, Nanchang Joint Programme Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Computational biology, Evolution, Molecular evolution, Phylogenetics, Population genetics
Bessant, Prof. Conrad Professor of Bioinformatics Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Software Development, Data Integration
Beyer, Dr Frederike Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology

Cognitive neuroscience, Social cognition, Sense of agency, Emotional reactivity 

Bor, Dr Daniel Senior Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

 
Brekelmans, Dr Gwen Lecturer in Psychology, Advanced Research Methods Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Language learning 
Brennan, Prof Caroline Professor of Molecular Genetics, Director of Research Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Genetics and Psychiatric Disease, Biology and Motivated Behaviours, Cognition, Attention
Buggs, Prof Richard Professor of Evolutionary Genomics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Tree, Genomics, Ash Dieback, Evolution, Ecology, Genetics
Busch-Nentwich, Dr Elisabeth Senior Lecturer in Organismal Biology         Embryonic development, TB susceptibility, genes involved in addiction-related behaviours
Chen, Dr Guifen Lecturer in Neurobiology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Navigation, spatial cognition, memory, mice
Chittka, Prof Lars Professor of Sensory and Behavioural Ecology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Sensory Systems, Comparative Cognition, Insect Learning and Memory, Animal Navigation
Cioffi, Dr Cristina Senior Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology

Resilience, Health and Well-being

Resilience, Health and Well-being

 
Clyne, Dr Rosemary Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences Biochemistry Biochemistry (no group)   Biomedical Science, Cell Division, Cell Cycle, Genetics, Enzymes
de Mendoza, Dr Alex Senior Lecturer In Bioinformatics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Genomics, Eukaryotic species, DNA methylation, Transcription, bioinformatics, molecular biology, epigenetics, comparative genomics 
Darbari, Dr Vidya Lecturer in Structural Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology  X-ray, Crystallography, Electron microscopy, Protein-protein interaction, Ribonucleoprotein complex, Gene regulation
De Falco, Dr Giulia Reader in Pathology and Molecular Clinical Microbiology, Nanchang Joint Programme Biochemistry Biochemistry (no group)   Viruses, microRNAs, Cancer, Gene Expression
Dennis, Dr Jayne Reader in Biomedical Education, Director of Education for Biomedical Sciences Biochemistry Biochemistry (no group)   Genomics, Cancer, Precision Medicine, Biomedical Science, Gene Expression
Di Bernardi Luft, Dr Caroline Senior Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Advanced EEG/fMRI methods - Learning - Creativity - Psychophysiology - Transcranial current brain simulation
Draviam-Sastry, Prof Viji Professor of Quantitative Cell and Molecular Biology, Director of Industrial Innovation Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Video Microscopy - Cell division - Cancer Biology - Aneuploidy - Human cell biology   
Duffy, Dr Christopher Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Light-harvesting, Photosynthesis, Computational Biology, Molecular physics, Xanthophylls
Echols, Dr Stephanie Senior Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology      
Eizaguirre, Prof Christophe Professor of Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics, Head of Biology Department Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary Ecology, Fish, Marine Turtles
Elphick, Prof Maurice Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Physiology, Neuroscience, Evolution, Neuropeptide, Echinoderm, Cannabinoid
Engl, Dr Christoph Lecturer in Microbiology Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Molecular cell biology, Bacterial adaptation, Ribosome function, Bacterial plant-growth promotion, Single-cell & single-molecule imaging
Emery, Dr Nathan Senior Lecturer Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Animal Cognition, Creativity, Innovative Problem-Solving, Gaze Following

Eyice-Broadbent, Dr Ozge

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbial Ecology Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial ecology - Biogeochemistry - Ecosystem function - Microbial diversity
Faulkes, Dr Chris Reader in Evolutionary Ecology Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics African Mole-rats, Naked Mole-rat, Social Evolution, Comparative Sociogenomics, Rodent Phylogeography, Social suppression of reproduction
Faulkner, Dr Sally Senior Lecturer, Director of Teaching and Learning (DTL) in Biology Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Geographic profiling, conservation biology, wildlife crime, poaching, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade. 
Foka, Dr Sevasti Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Director of Graduate Employment and Opportunities Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Work and Organizational Psychology, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Wellbeing
Freydin, Dr Maxim Lecturer in Medical Genetics Biochemistry Biochemistry     Genetics and genomics of complex human diseases; genetic basis of comorbidity; molecular biomarkers of complex human diseases
Fulton, Dr Timothy Teaching Fellow Biology Biology     Cell biology, cell development
Fumagalli, Dr Matteo Senior Lecturer in Genetics         human genetics and evolutionary biology, bioinformatics
Glazer, Dr Lilah Lecturer Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry & Cell Biology) on the Nanchang Joint programme Biochemistry Biochemistry     neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders
Hanke, Dr Guy Senior Lecturer in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Photosynthesis, Electron transport, Protein-protein interaction, Cell biology,
Synthetic biology
Henry, Dr Lee Senior Lecturer Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Bacterial symbiosis, Insect ecology and evolution, Evolutionary genetics, Molecular evolution, Adaptation, Microbial ecology
Hone, Dr David Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of Education Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Fossils, Paleontology, Ecology, Behaviour, Sexual Selection, Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, Archosaurs, Predator-Prey Interactions, Body Size
Hurd, Dr Paul Reader in Epigenetics Biochemistry Biochemistry Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Epigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Phenotype, Environment
Janes, Dr Bob Senior Lecturer Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Structure-function, Polypeptide Toxins, Bioinformatics, 2struc, PCDDB, SRCD Spectroscopy, Circular Dichroism
J Iwan, Dr Jones Head of the River Communities Group Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Freshwater Ecology, Community Structure, Food Webs, Invertabrates, Algae, Plants
Jones, Dr Janelle Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, Director of Graduate Studies Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Identity, Social Connections, Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Stigma
Kadurin, Dr Ivan Lecturer in Physiology Biochemistry Biochemistry     Structure-function relationship, interactions, and cellular trafficking of neuronal and cerebrovascular Calcium Channel proteins
Knell, Prof Rob Professor of Evolutionary Ecology Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Ecology, Evolution, Infectious Disease, Parasite, Immunity, Sexual Selection
Kratina, Dr Pavel Senior Lecturer in Ecology Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Aquatic Ecology, Food Webs, Climate Change, Ecosystem Function, Conservation, Evolutionary Ecology
Lavan, Dr Nadine Lecturer in Psychology/Biological Psychology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Perception of voices
Leitch, Prof. Andrew Professor of Plant Genetics, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Polyploidy, Cytogenetics, Plant Genomics, Stoichiogenomics, Nicotiana, Ecology, Evolution

Littlefair, Dr Joanne

Lecturer in Biological Sciences Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Molecular ecological monitoring and trophic interactions on environmental gradients, species distributions, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

Maconochie, Prof Mark

Co-Director of Nanchang Joint Programme and Professor of Biomedical Sciences Biology Biology (no group)   Genetics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science
Main, Dr Ewan Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director of Student Experience Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, Repeat Proteins, Protein Folding
Malanchini, Dr Margherita Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Developmental psychology, cognition and learning
Mareschal, Prof Isabelle Professor in Visual Cognition and Head of Psychology Department Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Gaze, Human Perception, Attention, Social Neuroscience

Martin, Dr Chema

Senior Lecturer in Organismal Biology Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolution, Developmental biology, Marine biology, Invertebrates
Michael, Prof Tony Professor in Reproductive Biology Biology Biology (no group)   Reproduction, Steroid Biochemistry, Endocrine, Cortisol
Michelini, Dr Giorgia Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology

Resilience, Health and Well-being

Resilience, Health and Well-being

neurodiversity (e.g., ADHD) and mental health conditions (e.g., mood disorders) in children
Mullineaux, Prof Conrad Professor of Microbiology, Head of Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Photosynthesis, Electron Transport, Cyanobacteria, Fluorescence Imaging, Membrane Dynamics, Bacterial Cell Biology

Nichols, Prof Richard

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Genetics, Evolution, Virology, Genomics
Noreika, Dr Valdas Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology      
Ojkik, Dr Nikola Lecturer in Microbiology Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics biochemical and biophysical principles of bacterial cell shape and size control, antibiotic resistance 
Palacios, Dr Isabel Lecturer in Cell Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics  
Paredes, Dr Ursula

Lecturer in Neurobiology and Genetics

Biology Biology (no group)    

Patai, Dr Eva Zita 

Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology     Memory, Neuroimaging (M/EEG;fMRI)
Pettit, Dr Sophie Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Director of Student Experience Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Mental health, Psychiatric care, Psychological therapy, Age factors
Pickersgill, Prof Richard Professor of Structural Biology, Head of School Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Structural Biology, Protein Crystallography, Synthetic Biology, Enzymes, Cobalamin, Biosynthesis, Bacterial Microcompartments
Pluess, Prof Michael Professor of Developmental Psychology, Head of Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Environmental Sensitivity, Positive Development, Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Behaviour Genetics
Rossberg, Dr Axel Reader in Theoretical Ecology Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Aquatic - ecology - Biodiversity - Community structure - Food webs - Conservation - Spatial patterns - Mathematical models
Rossiter, Prof Stephen Professor in Molecular Ecology and Evolution Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolution, Ecology, Genomics, Genetics, Mammals, Bats
Ruban, Prof. Alexander Professor in Biophysics Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Photosynthesis, Light Harvesting, Light Adaptation Memory, Structural Dynamics, Genetics

Schofield, Dr Gail

Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology  
Stieglitz, Dr Ben Lecturer in Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Ubiquitin - Host-pathogen interaction - Anti-microbial resistance - Structural biology - Enzymology
Stollewerk, Dr Angelika Reader in Evolutionary Developmental Biology Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Neurobiology, Evolution, Arthropods, Neurogenesis, Neural Precursor Identity
Subramanian, Dr Lakxmi Lecturer in Biochemistry/Physiology Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Centromeres, Chromatin, Chromosome Segregation, Kinetochores, Yeast Genetics
Szulgit, Dr Greg Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Biomedical Science Biochemistry Biochemistry (no group)   Collagen, Mutable collagenous tissues, Echinoderms, Pedagogy, Keloids
Thorpe, Dr Peter Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Cell Dynamics Cell Dynamics Yeast genetics, Genomics, Chromosome segregation, Kinetochores
Trimmer, Prof Mark Professor of Biogeochemistry Biology Biology Microbial and Network Ecology Microbial and Network Ecology Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Stable Isotopes, Ecosystem Function, Marine, Biochemistry
van Breugel, Dr Mark Lecturer Biochemistry Biochemistry     Centrioles, Centrosomes, Centriole structure, Centriole proteins in diseases
Versace, Dr Elisabetta Senior Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Behavioural Psychology Behavioural Psychology Animal Cognition, Comparative Psychology, Artificial Grammar Learning, Lateralisation
Viles, Dr John Reader in Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Protein Misfolding, Neurodegeneration, Alzheimers, Prions, Spectroscopy, Biochemistry
Volkov, Dr Vladimir  Lecturer in Physiology Biochemistry Biochemistry     Microtubules, cell dynamics
Wurm, Dr Yannick Reader in Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Ants, Genomics, Evolution, Sociality, Behaviour