School of Life Sciences

Our people

Discover the people behind life sciences at Essex

The School of Life Sciences is home to academic experts, dedicated professionals, and the future of biological research.

Our academics carry out research that tackles some of the key problems of the modern world. Our work is interdisciplinary and frequently involves collaboration with other institutions in the UK and internationally.

For example our Head of School Professor Leo Schalkwyk has led pioneering research in to gene activity and Alzheimer's disease as part of an international project led by the Universities of Essex and Exeter.

Dr Michelle Taylor embarked on an Antarctic research trip to investigate little-known marine life in the Weddell Sea.

Dr Vassily Bavro is researching antibiotic resistance, and how bacteria manage to evade antibiotics

In a project that brought together the ancient world and cutting-edge technology, Professor Nelson Fernandez utilised ancient DNA analysis to show that a local Roman burial ground contained family burial sites.

Our work covers multiple areas of research within biological sciences. Discover more about our staff and their work.

  • Our academic staff hold various posts within the department, deliver excellence in the teaching of our modules, and conduct research in a wide range of specialisms.
  • Our professional services staff are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the department, supporting the delivery of our teaching and our research.
  • Our research officers, fellows and academic students investigate a broad range of exciting topics and are supervised by our academic staff.

Contact details and further information about the specific interests of our members can be found in their profiles.

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Blog: Inequality in Science

In an open discussion run by the School of Life Sciences three scientists discussed the barriers in the way of improving equality and diversity in science, and looked at what universities can do to help.

Read the blog