Professor Philip Ingham has been appointed as the Inaugural Head of the new Department of Life Sciences, which was established in August 2022.

In line with the University Strategy to drive excellence in education and research, the Department of Life Sciences builds on our current academic expertise and excellence across the fields of Biology & Biochemistry and Pharmacy & Pharmacology.

Professor Ingham has worked in Singapore for much of the last 18 years: he was Deputy Director of the A*STAR Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) before being appointed founding Vice Dean for Research of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a partnership between Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University.

Prior to moving to Singapore, Philip worked at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) in Oxford and London for 10 years, rising to become Principal Scientist, before moving to the University of Sheffield, where he established the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics. He returned to the UK briefly in 2016, serving as inaugural Director of the Living Systems Institute at the University of Exeter. He will join the University of Bath on 2 May 2023.

Professor Phil Allmendinger, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said:

“We are delighted that Professor Ingham has been appointed to lead our Life Sciences Department. He brings with him a wealth of experience at national and international levels and we look forward to warmly welcoming him to Bath. I would also like to thank Professor Adele Murrell, our interim Head of Department, the Department Executive and indeed all members of Life Sciences who have been doing a truly fantastic job building the foundations for success.”

Professor Philip Ingham said:

“The formation of the new Department of Life Sciences is a bold move that presents tremendous opportunities for establishing new synergies across a broad range of disciplines. I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to bring these opportunities to fruition and making the Department a centre for innovative teaching and research in the best traditions of the university.”

The Life Sciences Department and the appointment of Professor Ingham represent a significant development for Bath and responds directly to our strategic research priorities of sustainability, health and wellbeing, and digital. It puts the University in a strong position to shape and respond to evolving UK and international research priorities and global challenges and offers even greater opportunities to create stronger partnerships.