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CAEP member Paul Horrocks promoted to Professor
Paul Horrocks, who has been a member of CAEP for the past ten years, has been promoted to Professor of Molecular Parasitology.
Paul came to Keele in 2005 as a Royal Society Relocation Fellow and was appointed to a lectureship in the Medical School in 2006. After a PhD in Edinburgh, he held postdoctoral positions in Würzburg, Oxford and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Since promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Paul has developed as a leader in both medical education and research. In research he has made a sustained international impact through his studies of gene regulation in the malarial parasite and more recently in screening and validating novel antimalarial agents.
His impact is evident from a wide network of international collaborators, receipt of a prestigious BBSRC New Investigator Award in 2009, and publication of 59 peer-reviewed papers. He is an editor for four journals, regularly presents at national and international conferences and has recently presented the work of Keele's Centre for Applied Entomology & Parasitology to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Malaria and Tropical Diseases at Westminster Palace. Paul is always keen to offer research opportunities to undergraduates, inspiring them to pursue academic careers and share in his joy of research. His enthusiasm and support from students as both a teacher and researcher was recognised last year by a "superb supervisor" award from Keele Student Union.
His recent appointment as Director of Postgraduate Research in ISTM follows a period of sustained leadership of teaching during which time he has variously led years 1, 2 and 4 of the Keele MB ChB curriculum. Over the past four years, Paul has proved instrumental as co-lead of year 4, providing a high quality integrated teaching and learning experience encompassing primary, secondary and tertiary centres across Staffordshire and Shropshire. He has recently been appointed as the external examiner for the MSc programmes offered at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.