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Biological Sciences

Promotions in Biological Sciences

Published: 1 August 2015

Two new professors have been appointed in Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. The promotions recognise the achievements over many years of Patrick Doncaster and Jeremy Webb in both research and education.

Professor Doncaster

Head of the Centre for Biological Sciences Professor Keith Jones says: “I congratulate both of our new professors. Patrick is skilled at developing conceptual theory with analytical models to test  concepts and to apply them to issues of global concern. Jeremy has focused on the molecular, ecological, and evolutionary bases for microbial biofilm development. Both are innovative and popular teachers.”

Professor Patrick Doncaster says: “I am most proud of contributing an impact case study to the last research excellence assessment (REF 2014). That project created the first wildlife corridor for jaguars and other large cats and their prey in Belize, recognised and supported by the Belize government. Its legacy is to secure the last remaining link for wild mammals between tracts of rainforest that continue to the north into Mexico and to the south into Honduras. No other connection exists between northerly and southerly forests at this latitude anywhere from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”

Professor Webb

Professor Jeremy Webb says: “I am very proud of the achievements of my research group and our collaborators here in Southampton. I have valued the opportunity to take our new discoveries in basic bioscience through to human clinical trials, in this case to treat antibiotic resistant biofilm infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Southampton is a fantastic place to do translational medical research, not least because of the support and collaboration across the Institute for Life Sciences, and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)-funded translational infrastructure within the University”.

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