15 Jolly Good Fellows!

Fifteen anniversary Prize Fellows joined us in 2016 to boost research strength. 

Our Prize Fellow researcher scheme was given a boost in our 50th year, seeing 15 exceptionally talented academics join our university.

The Prize Fellow scheme gives outstanding post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to develop their academic careers at the University of Bath. This year’s appointments are the first tranche of 50th Anniversary Prize Fellows, with more expected in 2017.

“We’ve recruited an elite cohort of Prize Fellows who will help to strengthen our research base right across the University. I have no doubt that these top-flight researchers will contribute in numerous ways to the University as we strive to achieve our goal of growing our research power.” 

Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

We’re delighted to welcome the following outstanding post-doctoral researchers as 50th Anniversary Prize Fellows:

Dr John Campbell has joined our Department for Health. Dr Campbell’s main interest is in understanding how regular exercise prevents cancer in older age. In particular, his research aims to characterize how exercise better regulates immune function and inflammation leading to an amelioration of the tumour nurturing environment that naturally presides in older age.




Dr Peter Rouse  joined our Department for Health in 2014.Dr Rouse’s research investigates theory grounded psychosocial and motivational processes that underpin the initiation and maintenance of health behaviours such as physical activity. His research uses frameworks such as Self-determination Theory to inform the development of interventions that support the preventive, treatment and wellbeing benefits of regular physical activity in clinical populations. These user centred interventions aim to help the NHS enhance patient outcomes, increase quality of care, encourage self-management and improve cost-effectiveness.



Dr Daniel Maskell joined our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering in 2010. Dr Maskell’s research interests are in innovative building materials and how these can be used for the improvement of the indoor environment quality for improved occupant health and wellbeing. He has a wide experience with natural building materials including earth, straw bale and other inorganic and organic materials. Dr Maskell’s main focus is on the understanding and development of these materials for commercial uptake and main stream adoption.  His approach is to consider holistically the use of these materials, investigating their material properties for structural and passive indoor environment regulation.



Dr. Sheila Samsatli has joined our Department of Chemical Engineering. Sheila’s research focuses on multi-scale mathematical modelling and optimisation and their application to engineering problems such as process synthesis and integration; system and system of systems design, engineering and operation; production planning and scheduling; supply/value chains; and location and transportation problems. Her interests include optimisation under uncertainty (stochastic analysis, robust optimisation etc.); developing efficient methods for large scale optimisation problems (e.g. decomposition methods); application of game theory for decision-making in supply chains; and application of methods in Artificial Intelligence (e.g. constraint programming)  for planning and scheduling of chemical plants.



Dr Despina Moschou (M. Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD in Microelectronic Technology)recently received the 50th Anniversary Prize Fellowship in Bioelectronics, within the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Since 2010, her main research focus has been to apply her microfabrication and microelectronic device expertise in the development of disposable Lab-On-a-Chip systems for bioanalytical applications (molecular and immunoassay-based Point-of-Care diagnostic devices). For the past six years she has been pursuing the Lab-on-Printed Circuit Board approach, in an effort to realise disposable, mass-manufacturable Lab-on-Chip microsystems. Her interests also include inkjet printing technologies, adding further functionality to biomedical diagnostic systems.



Dr Ignacio Hernando Gil was appointed Prize Fellow in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering in 2016. He has extensive experience managing laboratory-based ‘smart grid’ and renewable energy projects. His research and teaching focus on power and energy systems. Dr Hernando Gil’s research interests lie in the field of power systems reliability, modelling and analysis of active distribution networks, and the aggregate impact of low-carbon technologies on the quality of supply for electricity consumers. His current research considers the advanced use of (energy) storage management systems for an optimal planning and operation of future electricity networks.



Dr James Hook has joined our Department of Mathematics and Institute for Mathematical Innovation. His current research encompasses Dynamical Systems, Numerical Analysis and Machine Learning. One novel aspect of Dr Hook’s work is his use of so called tropical mathematics, which roughly speaking is the study of equations structured around the operations `taking the maximum’ or `taking the minimum’.




 Dr Cécile Mailler joined our Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2013.  She applies the theory of probability to some problem that arise from computer science and statistical physics. In particular, she is interested in defining good stochastic models for large complex networks such as the internet, the world-wide-web, and social networks. These stochastic models can then be studied to gain information on the topology of these networks.




   Dr Hamideh Khanbareh has joined our Department of Mechanical Engineering in September 2016 following completion of her PhD in Aerospace Engineering  at Delft University of Technology. Dr Khanbareh’s main research interests are in advanced functional materials and application of piezo- and pyroelectric materials in sensing and energy harvesting. Heterogeneous polymer composites offering a wide range of design flexibility are the target of her research.




Dr Oliver Pountney joined our Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Dr Pountney’s research focuses on the experimental modelling of gas turbine fluid dynamics and the associated heat transfer between the gases and solid components within the engine. His research is conducted to further scientific understanding within the gas turbine and wider academic communities and to assist engine designers with their goal of improving gas turbine operating efficiency.




Dr Victoria Scowcroft has joined our Department of Physics. Dr Scowcroft’s research interests focus on variable stars, which she uses to probe the structure and evolution of nearby galaxies and the Universe as a whole. By using information about different populations of variable stars, Dr Scowcroft studies the 3D and chemical structure of galaxies, examining how they have evolved over time and how they interact with each other. She is also interested in the evolution of the Universe, using these stars to study how the Universe has been expanding since the Big Bang, since this will help us to understand its structure and composition.



 Dr Rachel Hiller is in the Department of Psychology. She researches in the area of developmental psychopathology, with a particular focus on child and adolescent traumatic stress. Her main interest is in identifying key psychological processes linking child trauma and maltreatment to poor psychological wellbeing, and translating this information to improve evidence-based interventions. Her research particularly focusses on young people who have been removed from their biological homes and placed in the care system. Her work with this group will also be supported by an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant.




Dr Katharina Lenner has joined our Department for Social and Policy Sciences. Dr Lenner’s research focuses on transnational dynamics of humanitarian and development policies between the Middle East and Europe. She currently analyses the intricacies of the Syrian refugee response with a particular view to Jordan. More broadly, her research seeks to understand the complexities of policy-shaping processes that involve a variety of agencies in highly unequal positions, including (supposed) target groups.




Dr Jonathan Gray has joined the Institute for Policy Research and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Dr Gray’s current research focuses on the politics of public information in the digital age – including the visions, technologies, methods and practices associated with public data initiatives, and their societal implications. He is also interested in the use of digital methods in public policy research.




Dr Stefan Hielscher has joined our School of Management. Dr Hielscher’s research programme takes a governance perspective to investigate the opportunities and limits of how private organisations, including business firms and civil society organizations, can contribute to sustainable societal development by realizing win-win solutions. In his empirical and conceptual work, Dr Hielscher is particularly interested in inter- and intra-organizational governance innovations, such as those set up and facilitated by the sharing economy, and in the variegated contributions of private organizations to societal discourses. His research also covers the history of business and society practice, focusing on governance innovations of businesses during both the Industrial Revolution and the Commercial Revolution.