UCL Faculty of Life Sciences


Senior Academic, Research and Teaching promotions announced for 2022-23

30 June 2023

Huge congratulations to the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences staff who have been successful in this year's promotions round.

Cells under a microscope

Promotions are awarded to staff showing exceptional talent and commitment to UCL's mission. The achievements of our staff members are a testament to their expertise and unwavering dedication to advancing the field of life sciences.

The following promotions are effective from 1 October 2023.


  • Dr Nazif Alic (Genetics, Evolution and Environment, Professor of Ageing and Gene Regulation)
  • Dr Aida Andres Moran (Genetics, Evolution and Environment, Professor of Population and Evolutionary Genomics)
  • Dr Garrett Hellenthal (Genetics, Evolution and Environment, Professor of Statistical Genetics)
  • Dr David Murrell (Genetics, Evolution and Environment, Professor of Theoretical Biology)
  • Dr Afia Ali (UCL School of Pharmacy, Professor of Neuroscience)

Professorial Research Fellow

  • Dr Christopher Thrasivoulou (Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Dr Andrew Saxe (Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit)
  • Dr Isaac Bianco (Neuro, Physiology and Pharmacology)   

Professor (Teaching)

  • Dr Margaret Mayston (Neuro, Physiology and Pharmacology)

Associate Professors

  • Dr Marc Amoyel (Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Dr Ryan Felice (Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Dr Laura Porro (Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Dr Maria Secrier (Genetics, Evolution and Environment)

Principal Research Fellows

  • Dr Vilaiwan Fernandes (Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Dr Alexander Pigot (Genetics, Evolution and Environment)

Associate Professors (Teaching)

  • Dr Gerold Baier (Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Dr Elvira Mambetisaeva (Genetics, Evolution and Environment)


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