Geoff Rodgers (Chair)
Professor Rodgers was appointed to Brunel University in 1989 as a lecturer in Physics, becoming a Reader in Mathematical Physics in 2001 and Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2003. In 2004 he joined the Brunel Graduate School and was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2008. He was promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2014. In 2016 his remit was extended to include overall responsibility for business partnerships, innovation and research support. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Havana, Cuba. Between 2010 and 2014 he chaired the Research Excellence Group of London Higher, made up of the PVCs for Research of the universities in London. Professor Rodgers is a member of the HEFCE Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and a member of the EPSRC Physical Sciences committee.
Director CHRC Dr Rhona Anderson is a Reader in Radiobiology in the Department of Life Sciences and, a member of the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, at Brunel University London. Rhona started her career as a clinical cytogeneticist in Glasgow in 1994 before developing her research in radiation biology at the Medical Research Council Radiation and Genome Stability Unit, Harwell (1996-2005), gaining her PhD in 2004 and joining Brunel University as a lecturer and group leader in 2005. Rhona’s research interests encompass understanding mechanisms of chromosome rearrangement and other cellular consequences after radiation exposure with a particular emphasis in the characterisation of complex chromosome aberrations as qualitative biomarkers of exposure to high-LET particle radiation. This work has relevance for addressing health-related questions concerning exposure to environmental (radon gas), occupational (nuclear) or medical (radionuclide) sources. Rhona has led and managed a number of radiation protection projects (PI/Co-PI) (DOH RPR Grants) and is currently leading the NCCF-funded Genetics and Cytogenetics Study. She acted as an expert witness at cross-party parliamentary enquiry into ‘Health effects of Nuclear Test Veterans’ (2007), chaired the Association for Radiation Research (ARR), UK (2012-2014), is currently serving as the ARR Councillor of the International Association for Radiation Research and was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Radiologists (2017). She is or has been main or joint supervisor for 7 Ph.D. students.
Joe joined Brunel University London in 2017, where he manages the Media and Engagement team, with responsibility for the university’s press office and its research communications, marketing and events functions. He is a maths graduate and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and has gained experience working in the higher education, publishing and charity sectors, as well as in the Civil Service.