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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The Wolfson Fellowship

The Institute's Fellows come from a diverse range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds across Durham University and organisations with which we collaborate. To help you identify collaborators and experts relevant to your interests, you can search the Fellows database by using the search engine at the right of this page. For futher details of the support given to fellows please click the link here.

The purpose of Fellowship is to create a research community that subscribes to the Institute's aims and has the opportunity to share in its activities, resources, support and collective reputation. Criteria for Fellowship may be viewed here. as well as our online application. If you have an enquiry about Fellowship please contact the Institute Director. By becoming a Fellow, you are consenting to recieve our fortnightly newsletter, filled with news and events pertinent to Health and Wellbeing activities.

The Institute now offers Postgraduate students the opportunity to become Postgraduate Associates of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. For further details on this and how to apply please click here.



Adams, John, Dr Cognitive development and its relation to educational attainment
Armstrong, Andrea, Dr community-based participatory research, urban transformations and community energy.
Atkinson, Anthony, Dr Social cognitive neuroscience
Atkinson, Sarah, Professor Social science for medical humanities


Bailey, Kate, Mrs Teachers interpret assessment information for children from culturally and linguistically diverse background
Ball, Helen, Professor Behaviour and physiology of infant sleep
Banks, Sarah, Professor Professional ethics, community development
Beckmann Jens, Professor Cognitive Abilities
Beckmann, Nadin, Dr Educational Psychology
Bentley, Gillian, Professor Developmental Effects on Reproductive Function in Migrant Bangladeshi Women
Boliver, Vikki, Dr Educational inequalities, especially social class and ethnic inequalities of access to higher status universities, social stratification and mobility, quantitative research methods
Boothroyd, Lynda, Dr Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
Breckon, Toby, Dr computer vision and image processing
Brown, Hannah, Dr zoonotic diseases. Care, nursing, HIV/AIDS, Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, hospitals
Budgen, David, Professor Software service-based brokering technologies
Burt, Mike, Dr Perception of facial expressions
Byrne, David, Professor Case based methods, Complexity theory


Cann, Martin, Dr Cell biology of bicarbonate and carbon dioxide
Carro-Ripalda, Susana, Dr Children's experiences of parental migration
Casteau, Soazig, Dr visual attention and saccadic eye movements
Cave, Emma Professor Medical law and ethics, human rights
Charnley, Helen Community Care policy and practice in the UK
Chazot, Paul, Dr Characterisation and validation of novel drug targets
Cobb, Steven, Dr Development of new peptide agents for the neglected tropical disease Leishmaniasis, development of new sanitation technologies
Connolly, Jason, Dr
Cook, Chris, Professor Spirituality and psychiatry
Coolen, Frank, Professor Statistics; decision support
Coolen-Maturi, Tahani, Dr Developing statistical methodology for practical problems
Cooper, Gillian, Dr Appetite and body weight regulation, hormone research
Copping, Lee, Dr sex differences in agression
Coulthard, Laura, Dr ADHD, Clinical impact of neurodevelopmental conditions
Cramb, Robert quantitative measurements of physical activity can be used to help underpin health based interventions
Cramman, Helen, Dr, Education evaluation, widening participation and access to STEM subjects including gender equality in STEM subjects
Crisp, Richard, Professor social psychology, from stereotyping to social influence, from attitudes to attraction
Curtis, Sarah, Professor Geographical dimensions of inequalities of health and health care
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Dachtler, James, Dr Alzheimer's Disease, Amygdala function, Autism, Social behaviour and Synaptic plasticity
Davies, Douglas, Professor Death, ritual and belief, Mormon religion
Denny, Paul, Dr The role of lipid biosynthesis and membrane trafficking in host-pathogen interactions
Dodd-Reynolds, Caroline, Dr energy regulation and weight management both physical activity and dietary perspectives
Dominelli, Lena, Professor Projects in social work, social policy and probation
Reducing the cost inquired to discover new antibiotics
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Easton, Alex, Dr, Animal Models of Episodic Memory, Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

Ellison, Amanda, Dr Neuroscientific basis of vision; neuronal disruption in migraine headache; visuomotor systems

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Fernandes, Kiran, Professor Operations management, innovation diffusion, complex systems
Fernyhough, Charles, Professor Cognitive-developmental approaches to psychosis and other disorders
Flynn, Emma, Professor Processes and mechanisms of change within the individual or across individuals

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Gallant, Andrew, Dr Micromachining, RF MEMS, THz technology, Wafer level packaging
Gan, Lian, Dr, Experimental fluid mechanics: turbulence & vortex dynamics; Particle Image Velocimetry: application & technique development
Gorard, Stephen, Prof Education and social justice, Equity and effectiveness in lifelong education, Quality of education research
Gowland, Rebecca, Dr Health and demography in the Roman world, Skeletal ageing and age as an aspect of social identity,
Graham, Leslie, Dr Strategy, change management and leadership
Gray, Helen, practical science lessons in secondary schools
Girkin, John, Professor Advanced photonics and optical technology
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Hackett, Simon, Professor Interpersonal violence; child maltreatment and child welfare
Hampshire, Kate, Professor Health, well-being and mobility
Hanley, Mary, Dr Social attention, cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders
Hedger, Spencer, Mr Labour markets and the relationship between work, worklessness and health
Henderson, Peter, Mr Labour Markets and the relationships between work, worklessness and health
Higgins, Steve, Professor ICT and digital technologies in schools, educational philosophy of Pragmatism and the implications for teaching and learning.
Horwell, Claire, Dr Volcanic health hazards
Hudson, Ray, Professor Economic & social regeneration in 'old' industrial regions
Hurst, Christopher Programming, monitoring and evaluation of exercise training interventions, Exercise training in older adults

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Inami, Fusako, Dr the body, senses, love and intimacy, affect, sleep and performative language


Jamie, Kimberly, Dr Patient beliefs about health and wellbeing and the impact of this on behaviours such as exercise and medicines use
Jobe, Alison, Dr Adult Deafness, and Identity
Johnson, Karen, Dr Passive treatment of contaminated waters and soils
Jones, Karen, RCTs and Quantitative Research methods
Joyce-Gibbons, Andrew, Dr interaction between the teacher and the student during classroom activity

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Karakesisoglou, Iakowos Dr, Cytoskeleton Linker Proteins, Nuclear Envelope Structure and Function, Premature and Physiological Ageing, Laminopathies, Tissue and Animal Morphogenesis
Kasim, Adetayo, Dr Biostatistics and statistical bioinformatics
Kendal, Jeremy, Dr Cultural evolution, cultural niche construction
Kentridge, Bob, Dr How objects and events are represented in the brain
Kitching, Matthew, O Dr biological principles in synthetic chemistry to achieve temporal and spatial patterning of reactivity and materials
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Lane, Alison, Dr Neural mechanisms of visual attention and perception
Laws, Jennifer, Dr Notions of work, therapy and mental illness in a culture of back to work
Lever, Colin, Dr Memory and anxiety in animals and humans in youth and age
Lewis, Sue, Dr Socio-cultural determinants of health and health inequalities
Lidstone, Jane, Dr, Cognitive development and mental health in autism spectrum disorder


Macnaughton, Jane, Professor Literature and medicine, philosophy and history of medicine
Maehle, Holger, Professor History of medicine and the life sciences
Magid, Kesson, Dr Cross cultural variations in social psychology
Mawson, John, Professor Local and regional governance; The management of cities and regions
McGough, Stephen, Dr data analystics, modelling and simulations and infrastructures to support and medical support
McGregor, Anthony, Dr Animal learning and cognition
Menzies, Victoria, Mrs wellbeing related to education, research synthesis, evaluation of educational interventions and peer monitoring
Merli, Claudia, Dr Medical anthropology, reproductive health, gender, embodiment
Merrell, Christine, Dr Assessment, Evaluation and Effectivenes, Psychological Perspectives and Issues in Education
Money, Victoria, Dr, X-ray crystallography, viral encoded proteins from highly infectious human and animal pathogens.
Moreira, Tiago, Dr Formal and 'informal' processes of health technology
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Nunn, Caitlin, Dr refugee settlement in relation to youth, identity and belonging, cultural production and media representation
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Obara, Boguslaw Biolmage Informatics
O'Brien, Kate, Dr inequalities and crime; health consequences of austerity policies on Britain's low income populations
Oliver, Emily, Dr Psychological factors involved in elite performance, and in the initiation and regulation of human behaviours with a focus on those that contribute to health and wellbeing
Oxley, Rebecca, Dr Anthropology of Health, Embodiment theory, feminist explorations of the body/biology

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Painter, Joe, Professor Prosaic geographies of the state
Pattinson, Shaun, Professor Medical law and ethics
Pohl, Emke, Dr Unraveling the three-dimensional structures of proteins associated with virulence and disease
Pollard, Tess, Dr Evolutionary perspectives on 'western' diseases
Pope, Stacey, Dr sport and physical activity - how social determinants such as gender and social class impact upon physical activity and health
Poulton, Emma, Dr antisemitism


Quinlan, Roy, Professor, Animal cell biology, cararact and amyloidosis, motor neurone disease, protein chaperones, the cytoskeleton and the eye lens and the aging process

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Reissland, Nadja, Dr Early mother-infant interaction
Riby, Deborah, Dr Social perception, social cognition in neurodevelopmental disorders
Rickard, Ian, Dr Intersection evolutionary theory and individual variation in health and disease propensity
Ridgway, Rosie, Miss Special educational needs and learning difficulties, particularly profound and multiple learning disabilities
Roberts, Charlotte, Professor Bioarchaeological approaches to the history of disease and medicine
Robertson, Steve, Dr Soil chemistry and the interactions between soil organic matter, contaminants, soil biota
Robinson, Lyn, Dr Impact of environments, behaviours and practices on child education, health and wellbeing
Roderick, Martin, Dr Risk, pain and injury in physical activity
Rudzik, Alanna Dr Medical Anthropology, Women's and Infant's Health
Russell, Andrew, Dr Applied anthropology and development
Russell, Charlotte, Dr Medical Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology
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Sanderson, David, Dr psychological basis of learning and memory and how these processes are achieved in the brain
Saunders, Corinne, Professor History of ideas; History of women and women's writing
See, Beng Huat, Dr critical thinking skills, parental involvement, teacher demand and supply
Sharples, Gary, Dr Molecular mechanisms of genetic recombination
Smith, Dan, Dr Understanding the mechanisms which determine which sensations enter our awareness
Smith, Benedict, Dr Moral theory and topics in philosophy of mind and epistemology
Smith, Roger, Professor Childhood, youth justice, participatory methods, social work and power
Steed, Jonathan, Professor Anion binding and sensing, supramolecular gels and crystalline solids including pharmaceuticals and hydrates
Steel, Patrick, Dr Development and applications of new methods for organic synthesis, design and synthesis of small molecule probes and modulators of biological processes, applications in applied synthetic biology
Summerbell, Carolyn, Professor Prevention of obesity in children and adults
Sutherland, Sinclair, Mr, Labour markets and the relationships between work, worklessness and health
Swift, Peter, Dr, Terahertz radiation application to engineering and biological applications

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Taylor, Catherine, Dr, medical anthropology

Tehrani, Jamie, Dr Cultural evolution, phylogenetic analysis of culture

Thaler, Lore Dr Human echolocation, visual perception, auditory perception, blindness, planning and control of movements, psychophysics, kinematics, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Tidmarsh, Jill, Dr Interdisciplinary and interprofessional working and learning in social care - children and families
Torgerson, Carole, Professor, Experimental Design, Research Synthesis
Towl, Graham, Professor Children and young people and crime
Tummons, Jonathan, Dr medical education
Tymms, Peter, Professor Monitoring, assessment, performance indicators, ADHD, reading and research methodology in Education
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Westmarland, Nicole, Professor Gender and crime, particularly: rape and sexual abuse
Widger, Tom, Dr, anthropology of suicide and self-harm, medical philanthropy and pesticides and global health
Wistow, Jonathan, Dr Health inequalities, public health, governance, local government
Wu, Jun Jie, Dr numerical modelling of natural and synthetic polymers, biomaterials for prostheses bearing surfaces, and functional tissue engineering
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Xiao, ZhiMin, Dr educational programmes

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Yang, Keming, Dr Economic sociology and entrepreneurship, China, statistical methods in social research, social gerontology, social mechanisms and dynamics
Yeo, Paul, Dr Cell Biology, Membrane:Protein interactions

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