Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

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  • Professor Chris Hawes

    BSc, PhD, FRMS, FSB

    Professor of Plant Cell Biology, Head of Doctoral Training Programme

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483266


    Location: GIP - Sinclair Annex 1.03

    I joined Oxford Brookes, then Oxford Polytechnic in 1989, from The Department of Plant Sciences at Oxford University where I was a Royal Society University Research Fellow. My first job at Brookes was to establish an electron microscope unit to service the new Cell Biology degree and research groups within the Department of Biological and Molecular Sciences. Over the years the facility has grown into a major Bioimaging Unit with a transmission and h scanning electron microscopes plus new high resolution Zeiss confocal, fluorescence and serial sectioning scanning electron microscopes plus all the necessary ancillary preparative equipment including high pressure freezing. The unit hosts the annual “Imaging Techniques” course for the Royal Microscopical Society of which I am currently Honorary Secretary. I lead a Plant Cell Biology research group which has an international reputation for its work on plant bioimaging and the functions of the plant secretory pathway.

    I was until recently Research Director in the School of Life Sciences and am now Research Lead and Head of the Doctoral Training Programme in the new Department of Biological and Medical Sciences.