Meet our Staff

Our staff are dedicated to leading you through your programme and advancing scientific knowledge. All our academics are engaged actively engaged in research at the cutting edge of their field.

Dr Martin McAinsh

Martin is the Admissions Tutor for our Biology and Biological Sciences degree schemes. If you visit Lancaster at an Open Day or Applicant Visit Day, you will likely meet Martin! Should you have any questions about any of our Biology or Biological Sciences degree schemes, feel free to ask him!

Martin’s research focuses around plant cell biology and he has a particular interest in how plants respond to environmental changes, such as drought or ozone pollution, and how this relates to sustainable agriculture. As such, Martin teaches a number of undergraduate topics including plant responses to environmental change, biochemistry and cell biology.

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Dr Mike Roberts

In addition to researching the biology of plant stress responses, Mike is also the Programme Director for our portfolio of Biology degree schemes. Mike is therefore responsible for ensuring that all of our undergraduate modules are not only exciting and engaging, but also challenging. So, not only will you enjoy learning about a variety of topics during you degree, you will graduate with a wide range of new skills to ensure that you are able to succeed once you leave Lancaster.

You’ll likely meet Mike during your studies at Lancaster as he teaches during all three years of our Biology and Biological Sciences degree schemes!

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Dr Jackie Pates

Jackie is the Part I (first year) Director of Studies for our Biology degree schemes. As such, Jackie is responsible for all of our first-year students and, along with the Teaching Office or your Academic Advisor, will be your first point of contact should you have any issues or concerns.

Jackie’s research focuses on the use of radionuclide tracers to study marine and freshwater processes, and this feeds directly into her undergraduate teaching including a second-year module which will introduce you to the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and statistical techniques.

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