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We regularly interview MSD staff and researchers for Lab Talk and/or Sixty Seconds with interviews. These interviews were also originally featured in OxfordMedSci News, the divisional e-newsletter.

Simon Warner

Simon WarnerSimon Warner is Head of Licensing & Ventures - Life Sciences at Oxford University Innovation (OUI). Simon has over twenty-five years’ experience in commercial Biotechnology in various roles, raising venture capital, securing strategic partners and philanthropic funding sources. We talk to Simon about his career to date, his role at OUI, and his passion for seeing innovative ideas and inventions make it to real life.

Read the interview with Simon Warner

Toni Day

Dr Toni DayToni Day is a member of our Experts in Residence network, a scheme managed by the Translational Research Office, the Business Partnerships Office and Oxford University Innovation to give Oxford's research community access to world-leading expertise and advice across multiple industry sectors. We talk to Toni about her career to date, how her role as an Expert in Residence can help Oxford researchers, and why it is more important than ever to understand MedTech regulatory pathways.

Read the interview with Toni Day

Carolyn McKee

Carolyn McKeeCarolyn McKee is Head of Commercial Strategy & Risk in the Medical Sciences Division. In this role, Carolyn provides leadership in relation to governance, compliance and major projects with a commercial dimension.

We talk to Carolyn about her early days practising law in Exeter, what is on her 'to-do' list, and why it may include developing her DIY skills!

Read the interview with Carolyn McKee

Carly Nieri

Carly Nieri smilingCarly Nieri is Head of Development in the Medical Sciences Division. Carly talks about her passion for fundraising, why she finds great work satisfaction in working on complex, innovative projects and how she is learning all about British culture and lingo.

Read the interview with Carly Nieri

Catherine Swales

Catherine SwalesCatherine Swales is Director of Clinical Studies in the Medical School, where she is responsible for the operational leadership of the Oxford clinical medicine course. She talks about the diversity of her role, the importance of supportive mentors and why she quite fancies swapping her office for the International Space Station!  

Read the interview with Catherine Swales


LAB282 Logo

LAB282, a unique funding-expertise hybrid model to accelerate Oxford therapeutics out of the lab and into the wider world, launched two years ago this month. OUI’s comms manager Gregg Bayes-Brown sat down with Thomas Hanke, Evotec’s Expert-in-Residence, to see how the initiative is working out so far. 

Read about what it’s achieved so far, and what’s next for the partnership.

Chris Barkus

Chris BarkusChris Barkus is the new Regional Programme Manager for the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (the NC3Rs). He discusses his new role, and the funding available to support researchers. 

Read the interview with Chris Barkus

Jane Itzhaki

Jane Itzhaki is the Research Facilitator for Oxford Metabolic Health (OMH), an exciting new initiative in the Medical Sciences Division. She talks about her role in OMH, and plans for its upcoming Inaugural Symposium. 

Read the interview with Jane Itzhaki

Elen Wade-Martins

Elen Wade Martins Elen Wade-Martins has recently taken up the exciting challenge of managing the new BioEscalator, which is currently under construction on Old Road Campus. Read on to find out how you can become part of the entrepreneurial community that Elen hopes will flourish around the BioEscalator. 

Read the interview with Elen Wade-Martins

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Jamie Hartmann-BoyceJamie-Hartmann Boyce, a senior researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, speaks about her song-writing and 'vape-debate' adventures at Curiosity Carnival, a huge event that bought Oxford's incredible research to the public as part of European Researchers' Night.

Read the interview with Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Natalie Doig

Natalie DoigNatalie Doig, a postdoctoral neuroscientist at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, describes her recent experience as a contestant on I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, an online X Factor-style competition. 

Read the interview with Natalie Doig