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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.

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Dr Julie Norman

Dr Julie M Norman

Julie is a Research Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice

Her research focuses 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.

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professor phil scraton

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.

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Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards

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.

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Hastings Donnan

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.

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Professor Karola Dillenburger

Professor Karola Dillenburger

Karola is a world expert in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the use of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)

Her work focuses 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.

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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.

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Professor Maire O'Neill

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 focuses on the design of novel security solutions for communications applications.

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Professor Cathy Craig

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.

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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.

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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.

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Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Chris Elliott

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.

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Denise Fitzgerald

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.

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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.

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Dr Christoph Engl

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.

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Professor Andy Meharg

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.

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Professor Aaron Maule

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.

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Professor Jose Bengoechea

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.

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Professor Joe O'Sullivan

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.

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professor Davd Waugh

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.

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Professor Usha Chakravarthy

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.

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Professor michael tunney

Professor Michael Tunney

Michael’s work focuses 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’.

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Dr Lorraine martin

Dr Lorraine Martin

Lorraine played a pivotal role in a joint programme between Queen’s 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 globally. 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.

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