Professor Simon Gaskell
President and Principal Ex Officio Member of Council
Professor Gaskell is a leading researcher in the development of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry for the biomedical sciences. His career has spanned a number of leading academic and management posts in the UK and the United States.
Following a bachelor’s degree and a PhD at the University of Bristol, he took up his first research post in 1974 at the University of Glasgow. He then became Head of the Mass Spectrometry Unit at the University of Wales College of Medicine, during which period he spent a sabbatical year at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina, USA.
He returned to the USA in 1987 to become Professor of Experimental Medicine in the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Chemistry at the University of Houston from 1989.
Professor Gaskell joined UMIST as Professor of Mass Spectrometry in 1993, before becoming Head of Chemistry in 1999 and, following the merger of the two institutions (with which he was closely involved), Associate Vice President for Research in the University of Manchester inn 2004, and Vice President for Research in 2006.