University of Bradford appoints Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences


The University of Bradford has appointed Professor Alastair Goldman as Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Professor Goldman will join the University in July to lead a Faculty that has achieved for its research in such areas as cancer diagnostics and therapy, skin science and archaeology.

The Faculty of Life Sciences comprises archaeological sciences, chemistry and forensic sciences, medical sciences, optometry and vision sciences, and pharmacy, as well as the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics and the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit. The University is one of the world’s foremost technology universities, with 96 per cent of its research classed as world-leading or internationally significant, and it continues to make major strides in UK university rankings.

He joins from the University of Sheffield, where he oversaw the growth of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, increasing student numbers and research income.

Professor Goldman has been published in many high-ranking journals, including The Lancet, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Nucleic Acids Research, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Computer Biology and Molecular Cell.

His research interests are centred on the meiotic cell division, which is essential for fertility of sexually reproducing organisms. The main scope of his work includes chromosome organisation, chromosome segregation and DNA double-strand break repair. These fundamental aspects of cell biology are central to understanding the Eukaryotic life cycle, improving crop species through breeding programmes and human health; as their function is critical to the avoidance of cancer and ageing.

Professor Goldman said: "I am delighted to be joining Bradford as Dean for the Faculty of Life Sciences – a faculty that mixes discovery science with disciplines that are genuine in their delivery of positive impact to society. This is an exciting combination. I am certain that building on Bradford’s sense of purpose and working to enhance each other’s potential, we will increasingly turn heads towards Life Sciences at Bradford with both our research and graduates being noticed near and far."

Bradford Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor said: “I am delighted that Professor Goldman is joining us at what is an exciting period for the University. We are making great progress with our long-term strategy that will see us continue to develop as a world-leading technology university, a teaching university of excellence, and an internationally renowned research-intensive university. Professor Goldman brings vast experience, expertise and knowledge and will I know make a vital contribution to our growth.”

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