Dr Robert Singh

Director of REO
Research and Enterprise Office
Dr Robert Singh


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  • Research Support
  • research funding
  • research governance
  • knowledge exchange
  • entrepeneurship
  • regional partnerships


Dr Rob Singh has been Director of the Research and Enterprise Office (REO) since 2020. The REO is the area of the university that provides professional service support to our researchers. Prior to this Rob was Acting Director and, before that, was Deputy Director Enterprise, responsible for Knowledge Exchange activity. Rob has worked in research support roles for over 17 years, previously at the University of Hull, where he focused on commercialisation. Before this he worked in the private sector looking at management and protection of intellectual property in a patent attorney firm. He has completed an MBA that included a national study on university spin-out formation practices and has developed a number of spin-outs and licence deals. He has a backgrounded in lifescience, completing a degree in Biochemsitry at the University of Leeds then a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Bristol, focused on investigating cardio-protective properties of growth factors. He continued to a Postdoctoral Research position at University of East Anglia looking at inflammatory signalling mechanisms in cardiovascular disease. Rob represents the university with a number of regional stakeholders and lead on the developed of the Universitys Civic University agreement. He has been actively involved in local enterprise partnership boards and been a director of Essex Chambers and a local enterprise agency. He is currently an elected member of the CBI East of England Council, a Director on the Freeport East Board, a member of the Heart of Greenstead Board and a director of University of Essex cyber-security spin-out, Metrarc Ltd. He is on the board of University of Essex subsidiary companies Knowledge Gateway Ltd and University of Essex Enterprises Ltd. Rob is passionate about the contribution that research and innovation can make to society and enabling students, graduates to develop their own businesses.


  • PhD The University of Bristol (2002)

  • MBA The University of Hull (2012)

  • BSc Biochemistry The University of Leeds (1998)

Research and professional activities


Insulin and IGF's in Cadioprotection

The main hypothesis tested within this thesis is that insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) exert a protective effect on the heart, and so reduce the damage induced by ischaemia and reperfusion. During cardiac surgery, the heart is routinely arrested to allow the surgeon to work on a quiescent non-beating heart, and the circulation is maintained by a heart-lung machine. This process of bypassing the heart renders the myocardium ischaemic and leads to changes in metabolism and ionic homeostasis

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