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Mr Michael W. Robinson

School Technical Manager

School of Life and Health Sciences 

Aston University
Birmingham, 
B4 7ET
UK

Room: MB625c

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3091
email: m.w.robinson@aston.ac.uk

Michael Robinson

I joined the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University in December 2009 as School Technical Manager having spent the previous twenty years as a Technical Manager/Superintendent at the University of Birmingham, School of Immunity & Infection within the Medical School.

My main role is to look after the School’s infrastructure and facilities particularly laboratory areas, ensure compliance with relevant legislation such as health & safety, environment etc. I work closely with the School’s technical team leaders from the different subject areas to ensure that teaching and research run as smoothly as possible.

My first degree was in Entomology and I have a strong interest in insect/plant interaction with my speciality being Aphid identification. My first University employment was at the University of Birmingham, Zoology & Comparative Physiology Department working on the behaviour of Tsetse flies. I retrained as an Immunochemist in the 80’s, I am a qualified Biomedical Scientist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. I worked for 30 years as a technician and later as the technical manager researching into the causes and treatment of the Rheumatic Diseases at the University of Birmingham Medical School.

•Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology 1975

•Membership of the Institute of Biology by Examination in Entomology [Honours Degree] 1977

•Fellowship of the Institute of Medical Laboratory 

Sciences by Special Examination in Clinical Immunology 1987

•State Registration with the Council for the Professions Supplementary to Medicine, Medical Laboratory Technicians Board (Health Professions Council Biomedical Scientist) 1987

•Master of Science Degree in Rheumatology Title: Investigation of Immune Complexes in the Sera of Patients with Connective Tissue Disorders 1990

•NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety2009

•Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 Course 2012

•2009-Present School Technical Manager, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University.

•1992-2009 School Technical Manager, School of Immunity & Infection, College of Medical & Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

•1990-1992 Senior Technician Grade D, Department of Rheumatology, University of Birmingham.

•1989-1990 MLSO 2, Department of Immunology, Guest Hospital, Dudley Health Authority.

•1981-1989 Senior Technician T5, Department of Rheumatology, University of Birmingham.

•1979-1981 Technician T3, Department of Zoology & Comparative Physiology, University of Birmingham.

•1979 Graduate Researcher, Somerset Trust for Nature Conservation, Bridgwater, Somerset.

•1977-1979 Development Technician, Intec Ltd., Marsh Mills, Plymouth.

•1976 Secondment to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, ADAS, Wolverhampton.

Together with the School’s technical team leaders we provide Safety Induction for all new Students.

As a qualified Biosafety Practitioner I provide Biological Safety training to the School.


Aphid/Plant Interaction

 W. Robinson [1982] Aphidoidea (Hem.) from deciduous woodland in Exmoor National Park. Entomologists Monthly Magazine 117: 227-31.

K. W. Walton, T. Almond, M. W. Robinson & D. L. Scott [1984] An experimental model of the opsonic activity of Fibronectin in the clearance of intravascular complexes. British Journal of Experimental Pathology 65: 191-200.

K. Grindulis, D. L. Scott, M. W. Robinson, P. A. Bacon & B. McConkey [1985] Serum amyloid A protein during the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis with second line drugs. British Journal of Rheumatology 24: 158-163.

M. W. Robinson, P. S. Baker & L. H. Finlayson [1985] Influence of temperature changes on larviposition rhythm in the tsetse fly, Glossina morsitans (Westw.). Physiological Entomology 10: 215-220.

D. L. Scott, S. Carter, J. Coppock, M. W. Robinson & K. W. Walton [1985] Differences between plasma and synovial fluid fibronectin. Rheumatology International 5: 49-54.

D. L. Scott, M. W. Robinson & S. Yoshino [1985] Fibronectin in chronic inflammation: studies using the rat air pouch model of chronic allergic inflammation. British Journal of Experimental Pathology 66: 519-526.

J. Coppock, D. L. Scott, S. Carter, T. Moreland, & M. W. Robinson [1986] Fibronectin in PEG precipitates: evidence for a role in Immune Complexes. Rheumatology International 6: 79-83.

M. W. Robinson [1987] Aphidoidea (HEM) from deciduous woodland in the Wyre Forest. Entomologists Monthly Magazine 123: 51-54.

K. E. Herbert, J. S. Coppock, A. M. Griffiths, A. Williams, M. W. Robinson & D. L. Scott [1987] Fibronectin and Immune Complexes in rheumatic diseases. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases 46: 734-740.

A. Allen, J. Wyke, R. N. Allan, P. Morel, M. W. Robinson, D. L. Scott & J. Alexander-Williams [1989] Plasma fibronectin in Crohn’s disease. Gut 30: 627-633.

M. W. Robinson, D. G. I. Scott, P. A. Bacon, K. W. Walton, J. S. Coppock & D. L. Scott [1989] What proteins are present in PEG precipitates from rheumatic sera? Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 48: 496-501.

M. W. Robinson, K. W. Walton, D. G. I. Scott & D. L. Scott [1990] Diagnostic relevance of fibronectin in cryo-precipitates. Rheumatology International 10: 81-84.

M. Bofill, A. N. Akbar, M. Salmon, M. W. Robinson, G. Burford & G. Janossy [1994] Immature CD45Rlo ROlo T cells in the human cord blood: 1. Antecedents of CD45RA+ unprimed T cells. Journal of Immunology 152: 5613-5623.

R. A. Luqmani, T. P. Sheeran, M. W. Robinson, K. A. Richardson, J. Winkles & P. Emery [1994] Systemic cytokine measurements: their role in monitoring the response to therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 12: 503-508.