Speakers' Biographies

Richard Rainbow

Richard studied for his PhD at the University of Leicester with Prof Nick Standen and Dr Noel Davies, investigating K+ channels in the heart. Following on from this he spent a further 3 years working on the regulation of vascular K+ channels by protein kinases, also at Leicester with his former PhD supervisors. He then moved to the University of Strathclyde to work with Prof John McCarron for 2 years on intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis, during which time he applied for, and was awarded, a 5-year independent Research Fellowship, funded by the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. The Fellowship was extended for a further 2 years and then I was made lecturer in 2015. Richard now runs a lab with a post-doc, PhD students, an MSc student, and co-supervise 2 intercalating BSc and undergraduate BSc students.

Alison McIntosh

Alison obtained her undergraduate degree in microbiology from Glasgow University and my PhD from the University of Cambridge. After completing five years as a post-doctoral molecular virologist she joined Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) as a medical writer. Employed there for nearly six years, she  learned first-hand about the clinical process and gained invaluable medical writing experience. After working as a freelance medical writer for over 15 years Alison  joined ICON Clinical Research, a full service, world-wide clinical research organisation in 2014. She has written many different types of documents including clinical manuscripts, book chapters, clinical and scientific abstracts as well as clinical study reports and patient safety narratives.

Christopher Bruce

Dr Bruce has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University and obtained his PhD from Keele University in Molecular Biology in 2001. He embarked on a number of Postdoctoral Research Projects at The University of Birmingham where he also took on undergraduate teaching roles and became a safety representative for the Department. In 2012, he took on a new challenge and took a career change to work full time in Health and Safety at the University of Leicester. In his spare time he enjoys DIY, dabbling with technology and spending time with his family.

Robert Hardwick

Robert completed his PhD in Genetics at the University of Leicester in 2007 and then spent five years working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leicester and the Sanger Institute in Cambridge. In 2012 he joined BBSRC’s Innovation and Skills Group, where he is currently responsible for managing their  investments into doctoral training and developing strategies for the continuing professional development of postdoctoral and technical postdoctoral researchers.  In his spare time Robert volunteers with a local youth group.

Shailendra Singh

Shailendra Singh (PhD,MBBS,M.Res) is the Founder and CEO of Cellomatics BioSciences Ltd. Following his MBBS, he worked as a Clinical Registrar in Pathology at Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital (Mumbai, India). He was then appointed as a Laboratory Operations Manager for Thyrocare Technologies. Here he was responsible for directing the laboratory operations at the strategic and commercial level. He then completed his Masters and PhD and worked as a Research Associate at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham.
His most recent position, prior to incorporating Cellomatics Biosciences, was of a Senior Discovery Scientist with hVIVO Services Ltd. Here he was part of the Scientific Management responsible for developing severe flu management strategies in humans. Overall, he has authored several scientific papers over 15 years of his experience in research and development within the academia and industry.

Josef Walker

Dr Josef Walker joined the University of Leicester in July 2016 as the Consultancy Manager within the Commercialisation Team in the Research and Enterprise Division. For the previous six years he worked at Oxford University Consulting, managing a broad portfolio of consultancy and commercial service contracts from the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.  Prior to that, Josef worked for four and a half years at PharmaVentures, a boutique consultancy firm in Oxford, working with pharmaceutical and biotech companies to evaluate and commercialise their portfolios. Before this Josef was a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the Edward Jenner Institute for Vaccine Research, and where, in conjunction with University College London, he had previously gained a PhD in Immunology. Prior to this, Josef was an undergraduate student at the University of Leicester, where he studied Biological Sciences with a year in research, which was spent at the MRC Toxicology Unit, also here in Leicester.

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