Dr Ewan Blanch (BSc, PhD) - personal details
I am a Lecturer in the Molecules to Cells section of the Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS) and a Group Leader at the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB). After completing my PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of New England in Australia in 1996, I worked with Laurence Barron and Lutz Hecht in Glasgow on Raman optical activity (ROA) studies of protein and virus structure. In 2003 I started my lectureship in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences at UMIST, from 2004 part of FLS at Manchester, and in 2006 my research group moved to the MIB.
As well as having fun with lasers and teaching students, I am the Radiological Protection Officer for the North Campus of the university, a member of the EPSRC College of Referees, Local Ambassador for the Biochemical Society and Membership Secretary for the UK Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (the IRDG is the UK’s professional body for such spectroscopists in academia and industry).
As our research utilises a number of novel approaches to studying biological systems, I have been lucky enough to have been recently invited to present plenary and symposium lectures at a number of conferences (South African Chemical Institute AGM in Pretoria, PittCon in Orlando, International Conference on 2DCos Spectroscopy in Beijing, Australian Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy in Wollongong, Advanced Perspectives on Vibrational Spectroscopy in Kerala).