Professor Paul Fowler - IMS Director

Professor Paul FowlerPaul was born in Tanzania. He graduated with a degree in Zoology and received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 1986. He spent his time as post-doc and then lecturer/senior lecturer at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Aberdeen.

In 2006 he moved to the Institute of Medical Sciences and was appointed to a personal chair in Translational Medical Sciences in 2008.

He has been a reproductive endocrinologist all his career and over the last 15 years has increasingly focussed on factors disturbing fetal development and the consequences for adult health and wellbeing. A major part of his research over this time has concentrated on the human fetus, using maternal smoking as a model for the damaging effects of developmental exposure to toxicants. This research has been funded principally by the Wellcome Trust, the European Commission (FP7) and the Medical Research Council.

Paul is a member of the European Food Safety Authority CEF panel and a co-author of the 2015 Bisphenol A opinion. He has also sat on funding panels in the UK and elsewhere and has twice been a research institute assessor in the French REF equivalent.


Professor Bernadette Connolly

Deputy Director

Professor Bernadette ConnollyBernadette obtained her PhD in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin and went on to post-doctoral positions at Brandeis University (USA) and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) where her research focussed on the biochemistry of genetic recombination. In 1993 she moved into the field of molecular parasitology, with a particular interest in nematodes, first as a post-doc at Imperial College London and then leading her own group at the Institute of Parasitology, University of Bern Switzerland.

She moved to the University of Aberdeen in 1999, where she continues to work on the regulation of gene expression in nematodes, both parasitic and free-living and on the identification of novel targets for anthelminthic drug development.


Professor Ian Stansfield

Deputy Director

Professor Ian StansfieldIan obtained his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1990, and was appointed lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in 1997 following a post-doctoral research period at the University of Kent.

His research is centred on understanding cellular protein synthesis. His lab uses baker's yeast to study the fundamental mechanisms of translation, and how gene expression is regulated at the translational level. His research employs systems and synthetic biology approaches; working closely with physicist and engineer colleagues, mathematical modelling of the translation apparatus is being applied to understand the complex supply-demand relationships inherent in control of cellular protein synthesis.