Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor Joanne Hughes
Joanne is a world-leading educationalist. She has developed a shared education model in Northern Ireland now used in Israel and Macedonia as a tool to promote reconciliation
She has been appointed to the first ‘UNESCO Chair on Globalising a Shared Education Model for Improving Relations in Divided Societies’ taking forward a model of shared education around the world.
Professor Jack Anderson
Jack is recognised globally as an expert in the study of match-fixing in sport. He has worked with Interpol, FIFA, FIFPro and World Rugby
He is a member of a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Expert Group on combating match-fixing in sport. His work on sports law is cited frequently in sports arbitration awards and sports-related judicial proceedings. He was appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in 2016.
Professor Phil Scraton
Phil’s work on the Hillsborough Independent Panel and his key role in uncovering the truth about the Hillsborough Disaster has been globally acclaimed
His book, ‘Hillsborough: The Truth’, is a definitive account of the context, circumstances and aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster that claimed the lives of 96 men, women and children in April 1989. His research has had a profound impact on bereaved families and survivors of the disaster.
Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards
Beverley is a world’s leading expert on violence, terrorism and security
She has completed research into Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and ISIS and advised diplomatic decision and policy-making in the Middle East. She is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Think Tank working on Security Governance in the Middle East and the Challenge of Islamism.
Professor Hastings Donnan
Hastings is Director of the Mitchell Institute and co-Director of the Centre for International Borders Research
He has conducted extensive field research at Pakistan’s borders with Kashmir and Afghanistan and has published over twenty books and lectured worldwide. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a foundational Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Professor Karola Dillenburger
Karola is a world expert in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the use of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)
Her work focusses on how early interventions can enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families and can result in significant cost savings across health, social care and education.
Professor Sinéad Morrissey
Sinéad is Reader in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. She has been acclaimed as one of the most gifted in a new generation of Northern Ireland poets
Belfast’s first-ever Poet Laureate, in January 2014 she was awarded the TS Eliot Prize for her fifth poetry collection, Parallax.
Dr Julie M Norman
Julie is a Research Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice
Her research focusses on unarmed resistance in protracted conflict, particularly in Israel-Palestine including: unarmed resistance, nonviolent movements, prisoners/detention, violent conflict, mass atrocities, human rights, international law, refugees and security.
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Professor John McCanny CBE
John is an international authority in the design of silicon integrated circuits for Digital Signal Processing
He has made many pioneering contributions to this field and has co-founded two successful hi-tech companies: Audio Processing Technology Ltd and Amphion Semiconductor Ltd.
Professor Máire O'Neill
Maire is a British Female Inventor of the Year and the youngest-ever engineering professor at Queen’s University Belfast
She is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading cryptography experts and the inventor of a high-speed silicon security chip that is used in more than 100 million TV set-top boxes. Her current work focusses on the design of novel security solutions for communications applications.
Professor Cathy Craig
Cathy Craig is a professor of Perception and Action Psychology and Director of the state-of-the-art Movement Innovation Lab
Her cutting-edge research finds out how sensory information picked up by the brain is subsequently used to guide all kinds of action. She uses this knowledge to develop innovative interventions that help improve movement performance in different groups of people.
Professor Stuart James
Stuart has invented a porous liquid. This discovery has paved the way for efficient and greener chemical processes
His invention could ultimately lead to ‘carbon capture’: the trapping of carbon dioxide from major sources – such as fossil-fuel power plants – and storing it to prevent entry into the atmosphere.
Professor Stephen Smartt
Stephen is Director of the Astrophysics Research Centre. He holds an ERC Advanced grant for work on super-luminous supernovae and their progenitor stars.
His team have played leading roles in two large international projects studying supernovae and the transient Universe: The Pan-STARRS and PESSTO projects.
Dr Bernhard Mueller
Bernhard is a Research Fellow in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s. His research is centred on the explosions of massive stars
These supernovae are among the brightest and most energetic explosions in the Universe. His research collaborations span Germany, Japan, the United States and Australia.
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
Professor Chris Elliott
Chris is one of the world’s leading authorities on food safety and security. His research focuses on detecting and reducing contamination in the food supply chain
In the wake of the horse meat scandal, he was appointed by the UK Government to lead an independent review of Britain’s food system producing ‘The Elliott Report’. Published in September 2013, it is the most thorough review of food systems ever conducted in the UK.
Dr Denise Fitzgerald
Denise leads a £2 million research programme investigating how to reverse the damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis
Her team is working to understand how Myelin, the insulating layer that surrounds nerves in the central nervous system, can be repaired, potentially restoring function and improving the quality of life of people with MS.
Professor Ryan Donnelly
Ryan is Chair of Pharmaceutical Technology. His innovative research on advanced micro-needle drug delivery systems is helping improve therapeutic outcomes for patients
He was GSK Emerging Scientist Award in 2012 and ‘BBSRC Innovator of the Year’ in 2013. He was the recipient of the ‘Controlled Release Society Young Investigator Award’, in 2016.
Dr Christoph Engl
Christoph is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Food Security.
His research aims to find solutions to major societal challenges, antimicrobial resistance and maintenance of global food security, applying state-of-the-art molecular microbiology approaches.
Professor Andy Meharg
Andy’s research focuses on how harmful toxins such as arsenic, make their way from the soil, into crops, and on into the human and animal food chain
His focus has been mainly on arsenic and phosphorus, but includes other trace elements – cadmium, copper, mercury, selenium & lead – and persistent organic pollutants.
Professor Aaron Maule
Professor Maule is the Dean of research at the School of Biological Sciences
He is currently helping lead global efforts to understand and control parasites that cause disease and threaten food security in some of the poorest regions of the developing world.
Professor Jose Bengoechea
Jose’s work is at the frontline in the war against superbugs and antibiotic resistance
His team at the Centre for Experimental Medicine targets infections with antibiotics strengthening weak spots in our defences that allow infections to take hold; a revolutionary approach allowing the human body to fight back.
Professor Joe O’Sullivan
Joe is an academic clinical oncologist seeking new treatments for patients with prostate cancer developing new treatments in the fields of radiation therapy and bone-seeking radionuclide therapy
He leads the first-ever global trial of a new combination of therapies for patients with advanced prostate cancer. He is one of two Clinical Co-Directors of the first regional Movember Centre of Excellence, a partnership between Queen’s and the University of Manchester.
Professor David Waugh
David works at the forefront of research into the pathogenesis of prostate cancer focussed on projects helping to understand the relationship of ‘chemokine expression’ to various stages of the disease
He also conducts work understanding the critical resistance pathways associated with insensitivity to hormonal therapy and identifying how to target inflammatory micro-environments to optimise therapy for this currently incurable disease.
Professor Usha Chakravarthy
Usha leads worldwide collaborations to help combat eye disease. Her discovery of the drug ‘Avastin’ is treating a common cause of blindness, saving the NHS a potential £84m per year
This anti-cancer drug is also highly effective in treating wet, age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) as a more expensive specialist drug.
Professor Michael Tunney
Michael’s work focusses on the improved detection and treatment of infection in patients with respiratory diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
He was part of a team that discovered ‘Ivacaftor’, a now approved drug for use in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients and described by the US FDA as ‘a revolution in how we treat patients in the future’.
Dr Lorraine MartinProfessor Tracy Robson
Lorraine played a pivotal role in a joint programme between Queen’s University Belfast and the biotechnology company behind Dolly the cloned sheep – PPL Therapeutics plc.
She has published widely in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals and presented her work both nationally and internationally. For her work on Alpha1 Antrypsin in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) she received a Sir Henry Wellcome Innovative Award to develop tools for the real-time monitoring and subsequent inhibition of intracellular proteolysis.