Dr Alan Goddard

Project Lead, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Alan Goddard obtained his BSc and PhD from the University of Warwick and then undertook two postdoctoral positions at the University of Oxford before taking up academic positions at the University of Lincoln and then at Aston University. His research has always focussed on lipid membranes and their integral proteins, including receptors, transporters and enzymes. His recent research has focussed on the modulation of membranes to enhance biotechnological processes. He is the Project Coordinator for MeMBrane as well as being the Programme Coordinator for the H2020 MSCA COFUND MemTrain Programme.

Professor Ros Bill

Project Lead, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Roslyn is Professor of Biotechnology. Her research team characterizes and engineers yeast cells to make recombinant membrane proteins, (especially aquaporins, G protein-coupled receptors and tetraspanins) for biochemical, biophysical and structural analysis. Roslyn has a particular interest in AQP protein chemistry, which she has worked on for 20 years. She discovered the novel pathway whereby a hypotonic stimulus directly induces intracellular calcium elevations through transient receptor potential channels, which trigger AQP relocalization. Her team has published a series of articles describing this regulatory mechanism for human AQPs1, 3, 4 and 5. Roslyn also uses yeast to make a range of soluble proteins, such as enzymes, for biotechnological applications. Examples include the conversion of glucose from waste products into high-value platform chemicals such as malic acid.

Debbie Toomeoks

Project Manager, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Debbie Toomeoks holds a degree in Business Studies and Finance and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Training. She has worked at Aston University for 10 years, where she has been responsible for managing 4 EU funded projects under the FP7 and H2020 programmes. Her key role is supporting the Project Co-ordinator and the Early Career Researchers, as well as acting as the main point of contact for the European Commission.

Dr Sara Kyne

Project Lead, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Sara H. Kyne earned her PhD from The University of Melbourne (Australia) under the supervision of Prof. Carl H. Schiesser. She then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Jonathan M. Percy at the University of Strathclyde (UK) and a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship with Prof. Louis Fensterbank at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France) before obtaining a lectureship at the University of Lincoln (UK). In 2019 she was appointed as Lecturer at Monash University (Australia), and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021.  Her research interests focus on sustainable catalytic methodologies and green synthetic processes, and chemistry education research

Dr Long Dang

Project Lead, University of Da Nang, Da Nang, Vietnam

Dang D. Long, Ph.D., is the Head of Research and International Office of VN-UK Institute for Research & Executive Education based at The University of Danang. Dr. Long gets his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts- Lowell in 2003. He has a strong research track-record in bioinformatics and the application of enzymes in bioprocesses, with over 1200 citations. He has led 3 national research projects in Vietnam. In addition, Dr. Dang Duc Long also has played major roles in 05 international research projects, mostly with the UK’s partners, such as the GCRF-funded project “Cascade processes for integrated bio-refining of agricultural waste in India and Vietnam” or a Newton Fund Research Environment Links project on “Circular Economy Knowledge Hub: Promoting Multi-Disciplinary Research, Capacity Building and Leadership”.