Professor Neil Hanley

Vice-Dean for Research and Innovation.

Professor Neil Hanley is Vice-Dean covering Research and Innovation (R&I) in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. He is also a Professor of Medicine, and an Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary (part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust) where he was Director of R&I for five years. He was first made full professor in 2006 and is a past-President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland. He has been at The University of Manchester since 2008.

As Pricipal Investigator, Professor Hanley has translated project and programme-level funding as principal investigator from MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, NIHR and Innovate UK into understanding how the earliest human organs form and related aspects of stem cell biology and medicine. His research outputs in recent years have appeared in Nature Communications, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Biotechnology, eLife and PNAS. His partnership as Chief Investigator with industry leaders has driven initiatives in clinical diagnostics and their integration, which increasingly uses cutting-edge data science.

He is passionate about training the next generation, drawing on his experience as one of relatively few clinical academics to have held doctoral, post-doctoral and senior fellowships from Wellcome and UK Government during his career in the UK and USA. He has contributed to or chaired national panels or initiatives on career development and encourages a strong, diverse research culture to maximise creativity. As part of his social responsibility, he is a Governor of his local school.