The Institute is led by Professor Andrew Livingston and Professor Jim Naismith, as joint interim academic leads. Together, they are responsible for the formation of the Institute, engagement with the academic and industrial communities,  and the design and delivery of the hub building.

Each of the five themes are led by experts from within the academic community, working with a theme advisory panel which brings together both academic and industrial community members.

To contact any of the team, including the theme leaders, please e-mail info@rfi.ac.uk and we will put you in touch.

Institute Team

Professor James Naismith

Director

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Professor James Naismith

Director

Professor Naismith grew up in Hamilton, in the west of Scotland attending local state schools. He graduated from Edinburgh in 1989 with a BSc in Chemistry. As a Carnegie scholar, Professor Naismith obtained a PhD in Structural Biochemistry from Manchester […]

Dr Ellie Johnson-Searle

Interim Chief Operating Officer

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Dr Ellie Johnson-Searle

Interim Chief Operating Officer

Ellie is our interim Chief Operating Officer. After working as an Executive Director, Ellie has spent the last 12 years working as an interim and consultant. She has worked with a range of organisations in different sectors including Arts, Education, […]

Laura Holland

Director of Communications and Culture

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Laura Holland

Director of Communications and Culture

Laura Holland is Director of Communications at the Rosalind Franklin Institute. She has been with the organisation since its conception. Prior to this, she was Engagement Manager at Diamond Light Source for eleven years, where she led public engagement and postgraduate engagement programmes. […]

Joanne Blowers

Office Operations Manager

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Joanne Blowers

Office Operations Manager

Joanne is Office Operations Manager to the Rosalind Franklin Institute team, working with the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Communications to deliver the day-to-day running of the Institute. She has a background in administration and HR, and has run […]

Theme Leaders

Biological Mass Spectrometry

Professor Zoltan Takats

Imperial College

Biological Mass Spectrometry

Professor Zoltan Takats

Imperial College

Professor Takats has obtained his PhD from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He has worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. After returning to Hungary, he served as Director of Cell Screen Research Centre and also […]

Biological Mass Spectrometry

Professor Josephine Bunch

Imperial College and NPL

Biological Mass Spectrometry

Professor Josephine Bunch

Imperial College and NPL

Professor Josephine Bunch is Co-Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging (NiCE-MSI) at NPL and Chair of Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry at Imperial College London. Josephine is an NPL Fellow and leads research and metrology in MALDI […]

Structural Biology

Professor James Naismith

Structural Biology

Professor James Naismith

Professor Naismith grew up in Hamilton, in the west of Scotland attending local state schools. He graduated from Edinburgh in 1989 with a BSc in Chemistry. As a Carnegie scholar, Professor Naismith obtained a PhD in Structural Biochemistry from Manchester […]

Next Generation Chemistry for Medicine

Professor Adam Nelson

University of Leeds

Next Generation Chemistry for Medicine

Professor Adam Nelson

University of Leeds

Professor Adam Nelson is Theme Lead for Next Generation Chemistry for Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Leeds, and Deputy Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. He obtained his PhD […]

Correlated Imaging

Professor Angus Kirkland

University of Oxford

Correlated Imaging

Professor Angus Kirkland

University of Oxford

Angus Kirkland completed his MA and PhD at the University of Cambridge using high resolution electron microscopy to study the structures of colloidal metals. Following a post-doctoral Fellowship Angus was elected to the Ramsay Memorial Trust Research Fellowship and subsequently […]

Imaging with Sound & Light

Professor Ron Roy

University of Oxford

Imaging with Sound & Light

Professor Ron Roy

University of Oxford

Professor Ron Roy is Theme Leader in Imaging with Sound and Light at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Head of Department (research) in the Dept. of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. He […]