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Diane Lees-Murdock

2022 Fellow


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Northern Ireland

Diane Lees-Murdock is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science at Ulster University and AcademicDivision Head for Bio & Healthcare Sciences. Her science research has a focus on epigenetics. Her vision is to create a vibrant network to give women opportunities to collaborate, encourage and inspire them to succeed in science, bringing fresh perspectives and supporting social renewal and gender equality. As Ireland emerges from years of conflict, Lees-Murdock wants to help lead the way in breaking down barriers for women from all backgrounds to have a voice and platform to showcase their research.Lees-Murdock has a PhD in Molecular Toxicology, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, anda Chartered Biologist and Member of the Royal Society of Biology. She is experienced in epigenetic research, curriculum design and outreach. She has been an organizer of Soapbox Science and successfully led Athena SWANN Bronze award for her department in 2017 and was a member of the team securing the Institutional Athena SWANN Bronze Award for Ulster University recognizing efforts towards gender equality. During her tenure as Chairperson of the Royal Society of Biology, N.Ireland, she introduced the Royal Society of Biology N. Ireland Outreach Award to promote the communication of science and profile of early career researchers.