University of Dundee

Two new CLS Professors appointed

04 May 2011

The University of Dundee has appointed five new Professors, two of whom are from the College of Life Sciences. Timothy Newman of the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology is the Chair of Biophysics and Caroline Wilkinson of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification is the Personal Chair of Craniofacial Identification.

Other appointments across the University are Martyn Jones, Personal Chair of Healthcare Research, Robin Roslender, Chair in Accounting & Finance and Fabio

Professor Pete Downes, Principal of the University of Dundee, said, “These appointments are a further boost to our considerable strengths across the University.

“I am delighted to welcome Timothy Newman and Robin Roslender as new appointments to Dundee. It is also deeply satisfying to see three of our own staff - Martyn Jones, Fabio Sani and Caroline Wilkinson - whose achievements meet the highest standards internationally now join the leading ranks of academic staff in Dundee.”

Timothy Newman has been appointed to the Chair of Biophysics within the College of Life Sciences. He is also SULSA Research Professor of Systems Biology.

Professor Newman graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree inphysics in 1988 and completed a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester in 1991.

In 2000, while at the University of Virginia, Professor Newman began studying biological systems, focusing initially on population dynamics. He joined the physics faculty of Arizona State University in 2002, and around that time his interests shifted more to multicellular, cellular, and intracellular dynamics.

In 2008 Prof Newman became Director of the Arizona State University Center for Biological Physics. When he moved to Dundee this year he took over as new Editor-in-Chief of the UK biophysics journal, Physical Biology.

The main emphasis of his work is understanding and quantifying the effect of fluctuations due to the discreteness of components in complex biological systems. He is currently working on three main problems: multicellular dynamics in embryo development, rare event statistics of metastasis formation, and spatio-temporal fluctuations in intracellular transport.

Professor Caroline Wilkinson has been appointed to a Personal Chair of Craniofacial Identification. Professor Wilkinson gained her PhD from Manchester University in 2000 and was Manager of the Unit of Art in Medicine at Manchester Medical School from 2000 to 2005.

A specialist in craniofacial identification, she joined the University of Dundee in 2005, as part of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. She has helped develop unique taught Masters courses in Forensic Art, Medical Art and Forensic Facial Identification, and headed the Facial Anthropology Research Group.

Professor Wilkinson is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Craniofacial identification (IACI), and was President of the IACI from 2008 to 2010. She was also President of the British Association of Human Identification (BAHID) in 2008/09.

She is active in the national and international professionalisation of craniofacial identification and forensic art, and her work has been seen regularly on television as well being exhibited around the world.