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“In my experience, a degree from Bath is so much more than the final qualification.”

Award-winning chemistry graduate, Philippe Wilson talks about his roles leading a large research group at Nottingham Trent University and as a CSO in the NHS.

Philippe Wilson in a laboratory
Philippe studied both his undergraduate degree and PhD in chemistry at Bath

I currently have two roles – as Professor of One Health at Nottingham Trent University, where I lead a large research group, and as the Chief Scientific Officer for one of the largest Primary Care Networks in the country, leading the development of clinical trials and delivery of novel healthcare technologies to the community. My time at Bath studying for my MChem Chemistry degree (2014) followed by my Chemistry PhD (2017) really framed how I wanted to take my research career forward, and my studies were some of the best years of my life.

Following my PhD, I began my career as an Academic Fellow in Leicester, before becoming an Associate Professor three years later. I then became a Scientific Director at a large animal charity before I started my role at Nottingham Trent University.

In my role as Professor of One Health, I lead a large research group with over £1.4m of active research funding where we carry out research on the relationship between human, animal and environmental medicine, which includes metabolic profiling, genomics and healthcare technologies. I oversee three postdoctoral staff, 11 PhD students and four visiting researchers. The most exciting element of my role is the breadth of work. Our close relationship with Nottingham Trent University’s Medical Technologies Innovation Facility means we are able to innovate in so many ways. Each day there are so many different opportunities to take on exciting work – it’s about choosing what to do first!

In my role as Chief Scientific Officer at NHS Willows Health, my work involves leading the scientific activities of a large NHS primary care network including clinical trials and medical research.

Award-winning

In addition to my role, I am also very proud to have been awarded a number of accolades for my work, including being named in Forbes’ 30under30 listing for science and healthcare in 2018, and being presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Black Medal for my research and pedagogy in analytical chemistry in 2019. In 2021, I was named as one of the top 100 analytical scientists internationally in The Analytical Scientist Magazine’s 2021 Power List. I also sit on Scientific Advisory Committees across UK and international government including the Animal Genetics Committee at Defra and Committee on Toxicity at the UKHSA and Food Standards Agency. Since 2021, I have been a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council Innovation Partnership Scheme Panel.

My time at Bath gave me a firm foundation for my career, instilling the importance of reliable and robust research. The support given to me during my studies shaped my future career – in particular my research supervisor Professor Ian Williams (now Emeritus).

If you are considering studying Chemistry at Bath, I’d say go for it – in my experience a degree from Bath is so much more than the final qualification.

‘Each day there are so many different opportunities to take on exciting work – it’s about choosing what to do first!’
Professor Philippe B Wilson Graduate of MChem Chemistry (2014) and PhD Chemistry (2017)

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