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Aston University Expert Directory 

This is a tool for journalists to explore Aston's diverse range of experts available to comment on stories for both the written and broadcast media.

If you have a specific person in mind or are looking to browse by subject area, the directory enables you to quickly find the perfect contributor for your story.

To book an interview, contact the press team:

  • Ben Kennedy (Aston Business School, Language & Social Sciences)
    0121 204 4592 / b.p.kennedy@aston.ac.uk
  • Susi Turner (Life & Health Sciences, Engineering & Applied Science, Aston Medical School)
    0121 204 4978 / s.j.turner@aston.ac.uk

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Dr Jelena Obradovic-WochnikJelena is Deputy Director of the Aston Centre for Europe and an expert in the politics of the Western Balkans, Serbia and Kosovo. She has written extensively on conflict in the region, its relationship with the European Union and the rest of the...politics and conflict in Balkans, Serbia and Kosovo, the Yugoslav Wars, refugee crisis in South Eastern Europe, Russia, peacebuilding, war studies,
Dr Jill JohnsonJill's current research interests focus on the role of pericytes in chronic lung disease, specifically investigating the progenitor cell capacity of these cells and their ability to contribute to the pathogenesis of tissue fibrosis. Jill’s...chronic allergic asthma, pericytes, chronic lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis,
Dr Jonathan Cox Jonathan's research focuses on the discovery of new antibiotics and identifying the exact mechanism by which those antibiotics kill bacteria. Finding new mechanisms of action reveals new drug targets to be exploited in the battle against...AMR, antimicrobial resistance, antibiotics,
Dr Kate SugdenKate came to Aston University after seven years in industry including working for ADC in Australia transferring fibre Bragg grating technology into a production environment, and for two fibre optic companies in the UK. She led a KTP acclaimed as...optical fibre devices and systems, optical sensing, fibre Bragg gratings, photonics, physics, optics
Dr Max LittleA mathematician with a background in machine learning, statistics, computational science and digital signal processing, among other areas, Max's research helps accelerate the search for cures for diseases such as Parkinson's by inventing...Parkinsons, smartphones, machine learning, maths, data science, algorithms, statistics, mobile phones, programming, statistical modelling, mathematical modelling, artificial intelligence, numerical analysis, signal provessing,
Dr Nicola LoganNicola's research interest is in the epidemiology, development and control of myopia. She has been involved in clinical trials relating to myopia control and is an investigator on a myopia control trial using contact lenses. She is currently...myopia, refractive error, aetiology. ocular biometry, peripheral refraction, ocular blood flow,
Dr Pam LowePam's main research area is centred around the sociology of health and illness, with a particular interest in women’s reproductive health. She has also carried out research in the area of domestic violence and the sociology of childhood. She...women's reproductive health, women's rights, abortion, sexuality, feminism, sociology of illness, childcare, parenthood, parenting policy, youth, sexual exploitation
Dr Parveen AkhtarBefore joining Aston, Parveen was awarded a British Academy Research Fellowship for her work on politics and Islam. Parveen has published widely on political participation, Islam, migration and social change in journals including; the British...politics, immigration, islam, radicalism, migration, RESPECT, integration, pakistan, political participation, Bradford, society, Muslim, terrorism, ISIS, Islamic State
Dr Rahul Potluri Rahul is a physician, researcher and founder of ACALM (Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations, Length of Stay & Mortality). His clinical epidemiology research unit was one of the first to use big data in medical research. Prominent...statins, CVD, cardiovascular disease, cardiology, public health, cardiovascular imaging, epidemiology, hospital dischage rates
Dr Robert Nash Rob conducts experimental research on the psychology of memory and cognition, in particular looking at memory for past events and experiences. He studies factors that shape what we remember or believe about our past, including processing...psychology, memory, cognition, photographic memory, visual imagery, investigative interviewing, legal psychology, eyewitness memory, memory research
Dr Stefan ManzStefan is Reader in German and Head of Languages & Translation Studies at Aston University, teaching German history, society, politics and business. His research areas include migration studies, German and global history and the First World...German society and history, First World War, migration studies, civilian internment, Donald Trump and German-US relations, Anglo-German relations
Dr Uwe SchütteUwe is an expert on German pop music, particularly Kraftwerk. He organised the first ever international academic conference on the band in 2015 at Aston University. Schütte also has research interests in contemporary Austrian and German...Kraftwerk, German pop music, 20th century German and Austrian literature, extremism in the arts and politics, history of socialism
Dr Virginie GrzelczykVirginie specialises in security relationships and negotiation patterns over East Asia, especially in North Korea. She has published several research papers on 'North Korea's relationship with the international community, succession...North Korea - politics, international relations and diplomacy, succession in the Kim dynasty, foreign policy towards North Korea, Northeast Asia politics, North Korean nuclear missle crisis, negotiation strategy
Peter CoePeter's research interests lie in the field of media law. He has written for a number of internationally leading academic journals, general media, blogs and industry specific outlets on issues such as corporate reputation, the Defamation Act...media law, defamation, corporate reputation, freedom of expression, social media and free speech, privacy, citizen journalism
Professor Andrew Ellis Before pursuing a career in academia, Andrew was a senior research engineer for British Telecom Research Laboratories, investigating the use of optical amplifiers and advanced modulation formats in optical networks. He was also a senior research...optical communications, photonics, broadband, signal processing, optoelectronics. optics, fibreoptic technologies, 5G, G.Fast