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Editorial Board


The Biochemist is overseen by an Editorial Board made up of active scientists, science communicators and science journalists who set and maintain the policy of the magazine in line with the overall Biochemical Society and Portland Press strategies, policies and ethical guidelines.


Science Editor


Associate Professor Chris Willmott


Affiliation: University of Leicester, UK

Biography: Chris is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester. His background is in antibiotic mode of action and mechanisms of resistance. His focus currently is on the development of resources for teaching biological science students about ethics, and he serves as a co-convenor of the Higher Education Academy Centre for Bioscience Special Interest Group in this field.


Editorial Board members


Dr David Pye


Affiliation: University of Salford, UK

Biography: David teaches at levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 in a number of subject areas, including biochemistry and biomedical sciences within the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford. He has more than 20 years’ experience in cancer research and glycobiology and has a diverse portfolio of research publications. His interest in science policy has allowed him to contribute to national policy making by working with learned societies. He is currently Honorary Policy Officer for the Biochemical Society, Chair of their Policy Advisory Panel and works closely with the Royal Society of Biology on issues relating to the government’s position on UK science and Higher Education.

Associate Professor Matthew D Lloyd


Affiliation: University of Bath, UK

Biography: Matthew Lloyd read biological chemistry at the University of Leicester, followed by a DPhil (PhD) degree at the University of Oxford working on antibiotics and finishing in 1992. After several years of working as a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University, USA and Oxford, Matthew joined the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology at the University of Bath in 2002. He is currently a senior lecturer (Associate Professor) in the department. His research focusses on enzymes using techniques from chemical biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology to understand disease states and develop new treatments, especially for cancer. He is also a 4th Degree Black Belt (International Instructor) in the Ch’ang-Hon (ITF) style of Taekwon-Do.

Dr Harriet Groom


Affiliation: University of Cambridge

Biography:Harriet is a Henslow Research Fellow at Downing College, University of Cambridge with a keen interest in the molecular interactions between retroviruses and human cells. She is also a strong believer in the communication of science through teaching, outreach and public engagement. 

Dr Shane Hegarty


Affiliation: Harvard University, USA

Biography: Shane is a Research Fellow in Neurobiology in Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a Lecturer in Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston, USA. He previously held a Faculty position in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland, after completing his PhD and postdoctoral fellowships in this department. His research focuses on the fields of developmental neurobiology, molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration, and has been recognized through a number of publications and awards. Shane is a passionate teacher and committed science communicator.

Patrick Walter


Affiliation: Chemistry World

Biography: Patrick came to science via making mini traffic lights, measuring the speed of falling sycamore seeds and brewing fine ‘perfumes’ from whatever could be dug up from the garden. These unorthodox projects eventually led to a course studying biochemistry at Bristol to indulge his interest in science. Here he found that he had more of a flair for writing about science than actually doing it, after some spectacularly unsuccessful afternoon practicals! After stints working on science journals, writing for society newsletters and editing and writing jobs with the magazine Chemistry & Industry he joined Chemistry World. Writing for the magazine has given him a wonderful opportunity to meet childhood heroes and some of the best scientists in the world. He says “telling the world about their work is not only great fun, but also matters. A scientifically literate public and body politic is vital if we expect evidence to play a greater role in policy-making”.

Dr Heather Duran


Affiliation: University of Dundee, UK

Biography: Heather is the Public Engagement Manager at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee. She is a member of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) committee and the Local Organising Committee for the PCST Conference 2020. In 2015/2016 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship on the communication of science travelling to the USA, Japan and China to explore how major research institutes and individual researchers help foster online engagement through social media. Heather began her involvement in public engagement during her PhD in molecular pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen when she was Editor and co-founder of Au Science Magazine.

Roseanna Hare (student representative)


Affiliation: University of Manchester

Biography: Roseanna is currently studying for a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. She graduated with an Integrated Master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2017, having spent a year at AstraZeneca. Before returning to the lab, Roseanna worked as part of the publishing team at Nature Research.

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