Meet the BioGrad Lecturers

Each member of our lecturing team is highly qualified in their field

BioGrad lecturers and demonstrators are selected from a range of industrial and academic environments, allowing students to learn the most up to date laboratory skills by experts in their field.

Dr Natalie Kenny- BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR NATALIE KENNY

Dr Kenny is the Director and Chief Scientific Officer at BioGrad. She has many years experience in toxicology, in-vitro pharmacology, molecular biology and translational medicine.

Dr Kenny has worked at Charles Rivers, and before this was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Environment and Health winning a number of industrial contracts and government awards for the development of a 3D model of human lungs. She worked for three years in the Translational Medicine Department at Cranfield University and before this as a supervisor at Pfizer Global Research and Development for 3 years. Dr Kenny has also worked as a parasitologist for St George's Medical School posted in the Ecuadorian Amazon, as a Graduate researcher in Peru for John Hopkin's Medical School and as a laboratory technician at the Universidad de Extremadura.

natalie.kenny@biograd.co.uk
Dr Annemieke Kok - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR ANNEMIEKE KOK

Dr Kok is an immunologist with a wealth of experience in infectious diseases and immunology research using biochemical, cell culture and molecular biology techniques.

Dr Kok is currently researching immune regulation and transplant tolerance at the University of Oxford, and has been a sessional lecturer, study skills tutor and examiner on the HE Cert Life Sciences Allied to the Medical Professions at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Dr Kok has taught laboratory techniques to students of medicine, veterinary sciences and biological sciences at the University of Pretoria, Trinity College Dublin, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Royal Veterinary College, the University of Leicester, and Cranfield University.

annemieke.kok@biograd.co.uk
Dr Zakareya Gamie - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR ZAKAREYA GAMIE

Dr Gamie is a specialist registrar in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, with experience in A+E, medical and surgical departments throughout the UK. In addition to orthopaedic surgery Dr Gamie has an interest in medical research, he holds a BSc in Anatomy and is currently completing a PhD at Cancer Research UK.

Raquel Medialdea-Carrera - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

RAQUEL MEDIALDEA-CARRERA

Raquel is completing the final year of her PhD in the University of Liverpool. She researches for the Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections based at the Institute of Infections and Global Health in collaboration with Public Health England and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She is currently on placement in Brazil undertaking a clinical research study across 10 hospitals in Rio de Janeiro and another 1 hospital in Recife, looking at the association between neurological disease and Zika virus. In additional to laboratory and clinical research Raquel also runs public health workshops for children with microcephaly to provide additional support and understanding to the virology, the congenital Zika syndrome and how to improve the care for this children. Raquel specialises in the development of novel diagnostic tests for Zika virus, and is working to improve the accuracy of the current methods.

Previously Raquel worked on the Diagnostic Unit of the Ebola treatment centre, travelling to Sierra Leone twice during the Ebola outbreak. During these placements she not only worked in the laboratories but also helped orphanages and villages to provide additional support to Ebola survivors and their families.

Dr Paul Oladimeji - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR PAUL OLADIMEJI

Dr Oladimeji specialises in the molecular basis of disease. His main interests lie in the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders where he has made contributions to the field of schizophrenia research. Dr Oladimeji is an expert in PCR techniques and currently offers expert advice in primer design to industrial and academic research teams.

Dr Oladimeji graduated with a Pharmacology degree from Kingston University, a Masters degree in Neuroscience from King’s College London and a PhD in Translational Medicine from Cranfield University.

paul.oladimeji@biograd.co.uk
Dr Eva Garcia - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR EVA TUR GARCIA

Dr. Garcia has many years of experience using molecular biology and genetics techniques including PCR, rtPCR and Western Blotting.

Dr Garcia’s expertise lies in the development of electrochemical biosensors for medical applications such as point of care diagnostics where she has made contributions to her field of study.

eva.garcia@biograd.co.uk
Dr Muhammed Irfan - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR MUHAMMED ADEEL IRFAN

Dr Irfan is a toxicologist who specialises in the field of nanosafety and in-vitro toxicology. His main focus during his career has been to address the potential adverse effects that may be caused by exposure to nanomaterials and nanotechnology throughout their life cycles. Most recently, Dr Irfan has taken a position in Germany in the chemical industry working to address the increasing questions relating to nanosafety and regulations of nanotechnology.

Dr Irfan has a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool, a Masters by Research from the University of Manchester in Biomaterials Engineering, and a PhD in Nanotoxicology from Cranfield University.

muhammed.irfan@biograd.co.uk
Dr Emmanuel Matas - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR EMMANUEL MATAS

Dr. Matas joins us from the Department of Physiology and BioPhysics, Buffalo (USA), where he specialises in the cellular and molecular basis of autism, stress disorders and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Matas has experience in academic laboratories in the UK and Europe studying protein-protein interactions in psychiatric disorders and has worked in industry developing screening tests for models of Alzheimers disease.

Dr. Matas brings cell culture, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and PCR experience to the BioGrad team.

emmanuel.matas@biograd.co.uk
Dr Will Stebbeds - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR WILL STEBBEDS

Dr Stebbeds specialises in developing immunological and cell based techniques to elucidate disease processes. His main research interest is fibrosis, having developed novel cell based assays to identify potential new treatment targets for the disease.

Dr Stebbeds currently works at BioFocus in Cambridge, he has a BSc in Molecular Biology, an MSc in Bioinformatics and a PhD in Translational Medicine.

will.stebbeds@biograd.co.uk
Daniel Kay - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DANIEL KAY

Daniel has a technical background in microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry, with 16 years’ experience in university, government and commercial laboratories. His career journey has led him to be involved in many highly specialised areas of biology around the world.

Daniel is a protein engineering scientist currently at Immunocore in Oxfordshire having recently moved from Luxembourg where he worked at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine. Daniel was a research technician on projects using yeast gene knockouts and cloned enzymes to study clinically important errors in metabolism.

Daniel has been involved in validating protein biomarkers to stratify patient risk of metastatic colorectal cancer and determining the age of bruises for forensic purposes. Prior to this he spent a number of years developing bacterial characterisation methods to monitor the effects of a vaccine on the bacterial meningitis epidemic at Environmental Science and Research in New Zealand. He has also worked for a company producing functional protein microarrays.

Saman - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

SAMAN NAGHIBI

Saman is a chemist with a range of experience, currently specialising in single-molecule electronics and surface analysis whilst working towards his PhD at the University of Liverpool.

Before moving to Liverpool Saman was involved in clinical research at the University of Southampton, working on the quantification of sulfides and related metabolites, and their interaction with nitric oxide (NO) in plasma. Saman has also worked on the improvement of drug delivery techniques using nano-liposomes and obtained his Masters degree in analytical chemistry from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Saman will be showing students a range of drug delivery techniques in our 'What do scientists REALLY do all Day' school trips and also demonstrating techniques in our molecular biology laboratory during 5 day residential courses.

Dr Rachel Harrison - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

DR RACHEL HARRISON

Rachel leads respiratory assessment sessions here at BioGrad, teaching our students how to accurately use respiratory equipment and introducing them to clinical scenarios.

Rachel started her medical career studying Medicine at the University of Liverpool. Upon completion of this, she has experience in a wide range of departments including; paediatrics, geriatric medicine, urology and colorectal surgery and is currently working as a junior doctor in A&E.

Neil Mingaud - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

NEIL MINGAUD

Neil is a rehabilitation physiotherapist with many years of clinical experience working for the NHS. Neil has performed pulmonary rehabilitation sessions in the community and visits patients at home. He also works with patients suffering from respiratory infections, and those undergoing hepatobiliary or cardiovascular treatment to achieve independent living.

Neil has a BSc in sports science and many years of experience teaching sports rehabilitation. Neil teaches cardiovascular assessment during the ‘Clinical Skills and Medical Research’ course, providing students with the unique opportunity to perform their own rehabilitation sessions with their ‘patient’.

Nurse Lynne Keigan - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

NURSE LYNNE KEIGAN

Nurse Lynne Keigan has 21 years clinical and research experience as a practicing nurse.

Lynne started her nursing career with BSc in general nursing and holds hold post graduate certificates in Clinical Examination and in Clinical Research. Lynne has worked in clinical trials and used her qualifications and experience to travel the world, working many different settings from large inner city hospitals in the UK to rural medical centres in the Australian outback.

Pat Fairclough - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

NURSE PAT FAIRCLOUGH

Nurse Pat Fairclough is a Respiratory Nurse Specialist with years of experience in the industry. Areas in which she has practised include; intensive care unit (ICU), respiratory, acute and community.

Pat’s nursing career began following her MSc in Clinical Nursing at the University of Liverpool. Her wealth of experience and knowledge allows her to give our students the most realistic clinical scenarios to prepare them for a future career in the medical industry.

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BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

KATHRYN WOODS

Kathryn is an A-Level OCR and AQA assessor with over 16 years laboratory experience, responsible for the co-ordination of BioGrad ‘Assessed Practical’ courses for distance learning students.

Kathryn started her scientific career with a pharmacology degree from the University of Edinburgh and gained a place on the Pfizer Graduate Training Programme in 2001. Kathryn spent 8 years at Pfizer generating and maintaining recombinant cell lines, then specialised in the purification of proteins from mammalian cells. Kathryn then moved to the Reagent Provision group at Astra Zeneca before moving to Manchester University to study the role of Regulatory T Cells in the allergic response.

Kathryn has taught A-Level and Undergraduate Biology and Chemistry in Bolton, Preston and Manchester, and is responsible for maintaining the highest standards to ensure BioGrad Assessed Practical courses fulfil all JCQ guidelines.

Michael Kay - BioGrad

BIOGRAD LEADER AND LECTURER

MICHAEL KAY

Michael teaches the cardiology component of the ‘Clinical Skills and Medical Research’ and ‘Medical School Preparation’ courses, providing students with hands on experience in cardiac assessment and rehabilitation.

Michael is studying his third year of Medicine at the University of Manchester. He has previously volunteered at Aintree University Hospital and Parkhaven Trust care homes. His first-hand experience with medical school, and the advice he is able to offer as a result, is invaluable for individuals that come to BioGrad aspiring to study Medicine.

Pauline-Dunn - BioGrad

BIOGRAD OPERATIONS AND STUDENT SERVICES

PAULINE DUNN

Pauline is our Operations Manager. She is responsible for ensuring a smooth running of the laboratories and office in tandem. Pauline’s principal responsibilities include the ordering of laboratory supplies, staff training and development, managing the company accounts and human resources.

Pauline also oversees the students services team to ensure each students needs are met and that they therefore enjoy their time with us in Liverpool. She is the first port of call for students if they are having any concerns during their time with us.

Abigail Barber - BioGrad

BIOGRAD TECHNICIAN AND LECTURER

ABIGAIL BARBER

Abi is the laboratory technician for our molecular biology laboratory. She leads the blood typing and ELISA sessions which make up the ‘Medical Research’ portion of the Clinical Skills and Medical Research course. Alongside this, Abi also assists in the office with the marketing of our undergraduate 5 day residential courses.

Abi holds a BSc in Anatomy and Human Biology from the University of Liverpool and has previously worked at Hull Royal Infirmary pathology laboratories in the haematology and microbiology departments. She is currently studying Neuroscience MSc at Kings College London.

Katie Buist - BioGrad

BIOGRAD TECHNICIAN AND STUDENT SUPPORT

KATIE BUIST

Kate is the laboratory technician for our infectious diseases laboratory. She supports teaching on the 5 day Laboratory Skills course and often leads the Gram staining component of the course.

Kate is in the second year of her BSc in Biological and Medical Science at the University of Liverpool. She has previously held a summer placement at Salford Royal Hospital in the ‘Brain Bank’ research laboratory carrying out immunohistochemistry on patient samples to find novel ways to treat and diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease.

Ivana Trejo - BioGrad

BIOGRAD TECHNICIAN AND STUDENT SUPPORT

IVANA TREJO

Ivana first joined BioGrad as a student attending a number of courses, then joined Dr Kenny on a work experience placement in the Summer of 2016. Ivana then moved to the Universidad de Extremadura as a research assistant, utilising her mammalian cell culture skills and has now returned to BioGrad as a technician to support microbiology work in the laboratories.

Olivia - BioGrad

BIOGRAD STUDENT SERVICES AND SUPPORT

OLIVIA HUGHES

Olivia manages all international media, communications and advertising at BioGrad, supporting international schools and universities to organise their trips to Liverpool Science Park.

Olivia also supports the further career development of students by taking photographs for LinkedIn, ensuring UCAS/work/DofE references are sent to all relevant parties after the courses have finished.

Jessica - BioGrad

BIOGRAD STUDENT SERVICES AND SUPPORT

JESSICA LEWIS

Jessica is our Accessibility Officer. She completed her BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences in 2016, after ten years of part-time study, and first came to BioGrad as a student on our one-day laboratory skills course.

Jessica has, amongst other experience, served on the committee of her local support group for adults with Asperger Syndrome. She has multiple disabilities and is on the autism spectrum herself: so she also has a deep personal understanding of disability issues. In particular she understands, from her own extensive study experiences, how frustrating it can be when accessibility barriers make achievement more difficult and hamper enjoyment of learning.

She is therefore passionate about ensuring that no student is unnecessarily disadvantaged because of disability, and that each student is afforded every possible opportunity to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from their course.

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WHAT DO OUR STUDENTS SAY?

  • “My lab tutor was a skilful and talented teacher. He was able to simplify complex topics so all of the students could understand and then followed up to ensure we all fully grasped the techniques being taught. He made sure that any errors were rectified immediately so that we were always learning the correct techniques"
    Lucy - Introduction to Genetics
  • "I attended the course because I wanted to work in the pharmaceutical industry but didn't have enough lab based experience. After the course I had experience in some of the most up to date techniques, taught by researchers working in the pharmaceutical industry. During the lunch time I was able to chat with all of the tutors and seek their advice for securing the job I wanted. Through the experience and advice I received I managed to secure a graduate level job in a small pharmaceutical company. I cannot recommend this course enough!"
    Josep (Graduate researcher) - Practical skills in drug discovery
  • "I received excellent tuition from a patient teacher who had an incredible enthusiasm for laboratory research. Under her tutelage and supervision, I acquired many laboratory skills in the area of cell culture techniques and high throughput screening for pre-clinical drug discovery."
    Akang (Research Scientist) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture and Practical drug discovery
  • "This was the first time I had the chance to perform practical laboratory techniques which I had only seen in lectures before this point. The tutors let us try a number of different ways to quantify cells and gave us the time and guidance to perfect our own techniques."
    Mark - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
  • "I was taught by an experienced researcher who gave us the opportunity to work with many different cell types. I was able to see the differences between the morphology and growth rates of different cells for myself. I also had the opportunity to try a number of different techniques which gave me confidence to apply for PhD's requiring cell culture experience."
    Gail (PhD researcher) - Introduction to mammalian cell culture
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