Dr Neil Thomson

Dr Neil Thomson

Reader / Programme Lead for Integrated PhD

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Dr Neil Thomson PhD

Primary research theme: Biomineralisation

Neil Thomson gained BSc Honours (2i) Physics in 1990 and a PhD in Biophysics in 1995 from the University of Bristol. He is currently a Reader in Biological Physics and Bionanotechnology. He previously held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds from 2000 to 2005. He was then employed as a Leeds University Research Fellow from 2005 to 2007 at the University of Leeds School of Dentistry. His postdoctoral positions included: Physics Dept., University of California Santa Barbara, USA (1995-1997) and the Departement de Physique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland (1999).

He was a member of the Council for the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) and is a member of the RMS, Institute of Physics and the Biophysical Society.  He was also a member of the grant funding panels for EPSRC and is a regular reviewer of proposals for EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, WT, and other overseas funding bodies (e.g. NSF and FWF). His research has attracted funds for projects totaling £3.2M.

Neil Thomson has given 44 invited presentations for seminars and conferences at national and international meetings. He is a referee for a wide range of international journals including those published by Nature group, ACS, Elsevier, AIP, IoP, Cell Press etc.

He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and 5 book chapters. He has an h-index of 29 with over 4000 citations (Google Scholar). He has supervised 8 postgraduate research students and examined a further 16. He is currently Programme Leader for the Integrated PhD Programme within the School of Dentistry and recently was lead scientific organiser of the 25th UK Scanning Probe Microscopy meeting held in Leeds in June 2013.