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School of the Biological Sciences


The Research Culture Champions Network is a cross-School collective of proactive individuals who are working across all Departments and Institutes to promote a positive research culture. The Network meet monthly to discuss relevant research culture issues, share best practice and identify priority areas for future intervention.


Jeongmin Choi

Department of Plant Sciences

"I believe that the “Make it or Break it” attitude does not sustain academic success. I want to create a work environment where everyone is respected and supported for professional and personal growth."



Funmike Ifie

School of Biological Sciences Librarian

"The role of the librarian is shifting from gatekeeper to facilitator of open research! I am enthusiastic about aligning open research principles and standards with a positive research culture. This, I believe is essential for innovation, fostering collaboration and creating meaningful impact."





Adria LeBoeuf

Department of Zoology



Sarah Lloyd-Fox

Department of Psychology

"I want to encourage a spirit of respect and openness, encourage autonomy and reward competence so that we generate a research environment where people feel a sense of belonging, and that they are valued, no matter who they are or what role they have."




Elizabeth Murchison

Department of Veterinary Medicine

"I would like to identify factors that contribute to good research culture, and to help put these into practice in my department and in the wider university community."





Klaus Okkenhaug

Department of Pathology




Darerca Owen

Department of Biochemistry

"Research culture is being re-examined and reimagined by many scientific bodies. I would like us to be part of this new research society."


Taufiq Rahman

Department of Pharmacology

"The importance of a 'positive research culture' cannot be overemphasised for our wholesome, sustainable growth at both personal and institutional level. But this is likely to be an evolving concept or framework encompassing a wide range of aspects involving human and organisational behaviour. I am very pleased to be part of this Network and look forward to working collectively to ensure that we routinely contemplate on what makes research culture 'positive' and developing action plans on how to do things better at all levels around our research activities."






Bénédicte Sanson

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience



Ben Simons

Gurdon Institute

"I want to contribute to the development of a culture where all researchers, and the support staff on whom they rely, feel valued, encouraged, and informed."





Ben Steventon

Department of Genetics

"I hope to foster a research environment where people feel free to share their ideas and to boost inclusivity across the University."





Chris Whitewoods

Sainsbury Laboratory




Nicola Wilson

Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

"I want to help promote and create a positive research culture, an environment where everyone is treated equally, with respect and allowed to thrive."