Professor Simon Harvey
Simon’s extensive expertise in evolutionary biology is influencing many areas of scientific interest from ageing and dementia, to agricultural animal embryology and the analysis of placebo effects.
His industry-relevant expertise is leading to breakthroughs in life science research, including his work with Genea Biomedx in developing a new approach to product quality control and to future media optimisation.
Simon pioneered the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park, Sandwich, which has made a significant impact within the regional life sciences sector. Since its launch in 2016, it has delivered 50 industry-focused projects that have responded directly to challenges set by life science businesses.
Dr Joe Burman
Joe is a prominent and experienced consultant in sustainable glasshouse food production, and co-ordinated Thanet Earth’s £1.2million InnovateUK project.
As a former leading research consultant for Thanet Earth, the UK’s largest and most high-tech greenhouse complex, Joe led their InnovateUK project to produce pioneering digital imaging tools for quality control throughout their fresh produce supply chain.
His responsibilities included co-ordinating research into production and post-harvest techniques to improve the quality and shelf life of products and, as part of their wider environmentally-friendly practices, Joe provided guidance on biodiversity management of Thanet Earth's native chalk grassland habitats.
National organisations and sports governing bodies are accessing expert advice and evaluation of their projects and programmes through a Christ Church sports science consultancy unit led by Dan Stretch.
Dan and his team of sport and exercise science experts oversee the University’s SportLab, a consultancy unit with a strong reputation for providing professional services and consultancy to athletes, coaches and sports teams performing at national and international level.
SportsLab also opens its doors to local schools and colleges, so young people can experience innovative sport science activities in our high-tech laboratories.