Manchester Chapter


OBR made its first push into the north of the UK in September 2012 via Manchester. As Manchester is an important northern UK biotechnology hub, an OBR chapter here is expected to foster further growth throughout the north by initiating new networks amongst innovative individuals and promoting further bio-enterprising with the aim to rapidly expand to the many other world-class institutions in the north of the UK.

Chapter President

James Leigh

James is a second year PhD student at the University of Manchester working at the interface of chemistry and biology. Based at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, his research is focused on the development of novel RNA-based gene expression systems for synthetic biology applications. His interests are in technology transfer and biotech investment.

Peter Harvey
Consulting Project Manager

Peter Harvey

Peter obtained a PhD from Durham University in 2012. He is currently undertaking an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship at the University of Manchester, focusing on the development of novel luminescent biosensors based on a combination of enzymes and rare-earth upconversion nanoparticles. Besides academic research, additional interests include science communication and consulting.

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Consulting Project Manager

Leopoldo Herrera Rodriguez

Leopoldo holds a degree in Biotechnology Engineering, and an MSc in Biotechnology and enterprise. He has 2 years of industrial experience and is currently a second year PhD student in Biotechnology at the University of Manchester. His work focuses on the production, optimization and characterization of proteins of industrial interest in microalgae. Leopoldo is passionate about bio-entrepreneurship, product development and translational science.

Events Lead

Joe Segal

Joe obtained a BSc (Hons) class I in Biological sciences with 1year in industry at The University of Birmingham in 2011. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Stem Cell Biology at the University of Manchester focusing on the role of E-cadherin in embryonic stem cell pluripotency. Besides academic research he is interested in bio-entrepreneurship, marketing and public engagement.

Charlotte rosher
Chapter Correspondent

Charlotte Rosher

Charlotte is an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester studying Biology and is looking to specialize further in her second year. Outside of science, she loves festivals, photography and would really like to visit Iceland.

Outreach and Marketing Lead

Katharina Ecsy

Kathy is a third year PhD student at the University of Manchester, working as part of the Human Pain Research Group, based at the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Her research focuses on alleviating acute and chronic pain through EEG brain oscillatory entrainment in patients and healthy volunteers. In 2011, Kathy obtained a degree in Neuroscience BSc (Hons) from the University of Bristol. Additional interests include biotech innovation, marketing, science communication and consulting.

John Waller
Events Team

John Waller

John is a third year PhD student working at towards drug synthesis via enzymes in the field of biocatalysis. John’s studentship is an interdisciplinary venture with industrial partners Chirotech. His current role was preceded by a BSC (Hons) in Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds with an industrial year at Kew. His additional interested include science communication, consulting and drumming.

Events Team

Yamini Arthanari

Yamini is a Postdoc at the University of Manchester working on an interdisciplinary project focussing on bioinformatic analysis and validation of noncoding RNA and its splicing. She completed her PhD from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, where she worked on peptide based gene delivery vectors targeting Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. She is interested in the field of RNA therapeutics. Other than research, she is also keen on science outreach and photography.

Dr Malcolm Rhodes

University of Manchester

Dr Rhodes' research has been the application of bioscience to the industrial production of biological medicines, with previous roles at Pfizer, Celltech (now Lonza Biologics and UCB) a number of biotech companies. In more recent years Dr Rhodes has returned to the UK as Technical Director of bioProcessUK, and has been the industrial co-ordinator of the Bioprocessing Research Industry Club, working to promote research into biopharmaceuticals. Dr Rhodes was awarded a BBSRC Industrial Impact Fellowship to work in the Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals, helping to build collaborations with companies.

Saturday, 29th March 2014 @ 9:00am

Manchester Chapter: Consulting Case Competition

Manchester Business School, 57 Booth Street West, Manchester, Greater Manchester M15 6PQ, UK
Tuesday, 25th February 2014 @ 6:00pm

Manchester Chapter: Survive or Thrive? – The Future of Biotech in the North West

The University of Manchester, Michael Smith Building Lecture Theatre, Dover Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M13 9XR, UK
Thursday, 13th February 2014 @ 3:30pm

Manchester Chapter: The Rights and Wrongs of Successful Science Writing

Ellen Wilkinson Building, Room C5.1, Blyton Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, Greater Manchester M15 6JA, UK
Wednesday, 4th December 2013 @ 6:00pm

Manchester Chapter: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges in Cancer Research

Michael Smith Lecture Theatre, University of Manchester, Dover Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M13 9XR, UK
Tuesday, 5th November 2013 @ 5:30pm

Manchester Chapter: Personalised Medicine – Are we Putting Promise into Practice? & OneStart Competition Launch

Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street, The University of Manchester, Manchester, Greater Manchester M13, UK

Manchester Enterprise Centre

Based within Manchester Business School, the Manchester Enterprise Centre is recognised as a leader in enterprise education and aims to inspire, educate and develop enterprising individuals and enable them to positively impact the growth of dynamic organisations.

Enterprise is a key part of the University of Manchester’s vision to be, ‘an innovative institution that values and encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology to influence and advance economic development regionally, nationally and internationally.’

Former Chapter President, OBR-Manchester (12-13)

Eric Chang

Eric was previously Manchester Chapter president for the academic year 2012-2013.

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