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Reader promotions 2018

Nov 07, 2018

We are delighted to announce the following colleagues have been promoted to Readers: 






Dr Claudia Trillo (School of the Built Environment - SoBE)

Claudia is an internationally-recognised researcher, with a proven track record and an extensive network of collaborators. She began her research career in 1994 as an assistant researcher on a project run at Nordregio -a leading European research centre- and now has a very forward-looking research trajectory with multiple prestigious grants (£1.2M plus), several involving leading teams in the role of Principal Investigator (PI) (over £380K).

Current and recent roles include: PI on a Horizon2020-funded research project (MAPS- LED); PI on the “Smart Greater Manchester City- Region IT living platform” project, HEIF- Industry Collaboration Zone Programme; Co-PI on an AHRC granted project  “IT INDIAN HERITAGE PLATFORM: Enhancing cultural resilience in India by applying digital technologies to the Indian tangible and intangible heritage”.

Since 1997, her research has been complemented by a strong commitment to knowledge transfer through constant engagement with enterprise delivered though high-profile consultancy and civil servant roles. Her contribution to the field of sustainable urban regeneration is evidenced by over 100 publications, numerous international guest lectures at prestigious institutions such as MIT,  Berkeley and the Biennale di Venezia. She has extensive experience of higher education teaching in the field of architecture, urban design and planning, gained mainly in Italy and in the UK and complemented with a Fulbrighter senior research position in the USA. She is the programme lead for masters of Architecture programme and directed the Fondazione Astengo, established by the most important Italian cultural institution on planning, the Italian National Institute of Urban Planning.

Dr Debapriya Mondal (School of Environment and Life Sciences - ELS)

Priya is an environmental epidemiologist, widely recognised for her work on environmental determinants of human health, especially contaminants like arsenic.

For over a decade, she has been engaged with environmental public health research and certain outcomes have had major societal impact. Some of her paradigm-challenging research articles demonstrated the potential arsenic exposure and health risk from rice intake, highlighting the importance of rice as a major source of arsenic, contrary to the widely accepted prototype that drinking water is the only major human exposure route.

Priya joined the university in 2013 and since then has led many international collaborative projects positioning her as a key researcher, linking our University with institutes in India. Currently, she is leading the Government of India and British Council (DST-UKIERI) jointly funded Nutri-SAM project and the DST-NERC Newton Bhabha funded India-UK Water Quality Project FAR-GANGA. Collectively, she has secured over £1 million in research funding, with £65,000 granted to the University of Salford. In 2018 she was awarded the VC's Prize for Research Excellence recognising the international significance of her work.

Priya is an elected member of Senate and constantly contributes to University-wide research and teaching activities. She is an editorial board member on several leading journals and council member of environmental health societies and groups. She is actively involved in reviewing grant applications and has an extensive track record of reviewing journal articles. She makes regular contributions to international conferences and is often invited to high-profile stakeholder meetings in India.

Dr Arijit Mukhopadhyay (School of Environment & Life Sciences - ELS)

Arijit is a researcher in the area of biomedical sciences – focussing on human genetics and genomics.  He has 10 years of experience working as a group leader and mentor for younger researchers. Arijit is fascinated by the dynamic nature of biological molecules that largely determine our health. He is intrigued how molecular variations, which occur mostly by random chance – shape physiological outcomes.

His earlier research focussed on the effects of inherited and acquired DNA variations in ocular diseases like glaucoma. He and colleagues reported different approaches to discover new genes and novel variations for the disease. Research from the group has also shown that different parts of the normal human brain can acquire different DNA sequence variations, which can influence the brain function.

More recently, his team engaged in understanding the role of sequence variations in the RNA molecules in brain cancer. In a series of publications, his research has shown how a group of microRNAs can function together in human cancers; how the sequence variations within these microRNAs can differ between normal and cancer cells; and how to manipulate the microRNA expression to change the cellular behaviour. This area of research has led to potential new RNA based candidates for brain cancer treatment and management.

Here at the University of Salford, he has initiated an interdisciplinary research programme on the investigation of biomolecules outside the cell. Such secretory molecules are naturally present in various body fluids and provide minimally-invasive ways for molecular diagnostic and monitoring of health. 

Currently, Arijit has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and since 2009 has secured over £700,000 in research funding and led multiple collaborative grants. He has supervised eight PhD students to date. Arijit is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Reports  and he holds honorary faculty membership in UCL-Institute of Ophthalmology, London and an adjunct professor position in the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), India.  

Dr Stephen Parnell (School of Environment & Life Sciences - ELS)

Stephen leads a growing team of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students within ELS exploring the epidemiological processes that drive the spread of plant disease epidemics.  The group use epidemiological models to simulate where and when disease will occur, with the applied aim of informing surveillance strategies for invading diseases. Stephen's work informs decision making in organisations including Defra, the Forestry Commission, the US Department of Agriculture, the European Commission and the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This advice is underpinned by research regularly published in leading international journals including: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society B and New Phytologist.

Stephen is an internationally recognised authority in plant health and represents the University as an expert member of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Plant Health Panel where he advises the European Commission on policies to protect Europe’s food and natural resources from pests and diseases. Stephen chairs the EFSA Working Group on Xylella fastidiosa, a devastating pathogen which currently threatens over 500 plant species, which was initiated following a high-level meeting of EU Agriculture ministers earlier this year. In recognition of his research achievement, he receivecd the 2015/16 VC's research excellence award. Stephen has contributed to grant funding worth in excess of £2.1M in the last 10 years, and has secured seven major research grants for the university since joining in 2014, funding multiple post-doctoral and PhD positions. He is currently Salford Principal Investigator on projects funded by Defra, the Horizon2020 programme and the US Department of Agriculture Farm Bill.