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Ned Powell

Ned Powell Cardiff University Welsh Crucible 2011 Ned’s first degree was in Medical Microbiology and he worked as a Clinical Scientist before completing a PhD at Swansea University, during which he cloned antibiotic biosynthetic genes for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. He undertook postdoctoral research in DNA repair and then thyroid cancer, before joining the Human

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Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill Cardiff University Welsh Crucible 2011 Martin spent the earliest and some of the happiest years of his life growing up on the Gurnos Estate in Merthyr Tydfil which today is one of the poorest areas of Europe and the sickest part of the UK. Having left school with few qualifications and following a

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Simon Neill

Simon Neill Bangor University Welsh Crucible 2011 Simon has a BEng in civil engineering from the University of Dundee, and went on to complete a PhD in civil engineering and oceanography from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. After 6 years working on various applied oceanography projects as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of

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Lijie Li

Lijie Li Swansea University Welsh Crucible 2011 Lijie Li received his BSc degree in solid state electronics at Lanzhou University, China, and his PhD degree from the University of Strathclyde in MEMS in 2004. He was a Semiconductor Process Engineer at Hebei Semiconductor Research Institute in China. He had been a Research Fellow at the

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Martina Lahmann

Martina Lahmann Bangor University Welsh Crucible 2011 Martina obtained her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Germany. After postdoctoral years at Stockholm University (Sweden) and first steps in academia at Göteborg University (Sweden), she received the Docent degree in Organic Chemistry from Göteborg University in September 2005. After a year in the

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Elaine Jensen

Elaine Jensen Aberystwyth University Welsh Crucible 2011 Elaine left a career in banking to travel and undertake conservation work and from this her enthusiasm for renewable and sustainable systems developed. She returned to education as a mature student and received a PhD studentship to continue her BSc dissertation project interest in legume-rhizobia interactions, an important

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Sally Holland

Sally Holland The Children’s Commissioner of Wales (formerly Cardiff University) Welsh Crucible 2011 Sally is a senior lecturer in social work. She is co-convener of the inter-disciplinary childhood research group, responsible for doctoral students’ support and development and vice-chair of the School Research Ethics committee. She was born and brought up in Perthshire and her

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Jan Geert Hiddink

Jan Geert Hiddink Bangor University Welsh Crucible 2011 Jan obtained a degree in Marine Biology from Groningen University in the Netherlands and continued to complete a PhD there. He started a postdoc at Bangor University to study the large scale effects of bottom trawls on the benthic ecosystem in a DEFRA funded study. Jan was

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Michael Harbottle

Michael Harbottle Cardiff University Welsh Crucible 2011 Michael obtained his doctorate through the study of enhanced biological remediation of contaminated land, a theme which continues to this day in his research. Since 2006 he has been a lecturer in geoenvironmental engineering at Cardiff School of Engineering. His research interests have expanded to include more broad

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Ian Grimstead

Ian Grimstead Data Science Campus (formerly Cardiff University) Welsh Crucible 2011 Ian obtained his B.Sc. degree in computer science at Cardiff University, and then went on to complete his Ph.D. in the same department, specialising in CAD/CAM. He left to work in the games and computer graphics industry, working on a range of projects from

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