Five University of Strathclyde academics have been appointed to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), in recognition of their talent and potential.
They are among 53 new members of YAS, which pursues a mission “to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership.”
Their appointments take Strathclyde’s representation on YAS to 13, along with two alumni members and four emeritus members.
Strathclyde’s new members are:
• Dr Margaret Cunningham, Chancellor’s Fellow, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
• Dr Asimina Kazakidi, Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Engineering
• Dr Laura Kelly, Senior Lecturer in History, School of Humanities
• Dr Churnjeet Mahn, Chancellor’s Fellow in English, School of Humanities
• Jimmy Paul, Permanence Consultant, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland.
Dr Cunningham is a Chancellor’s Research Fellow and Lecturer in Pharmacology, Haematology and Drug Discovery. Her research explores the molecular mechanisms of G-protein coupled receptors involved in the processes that underpin the function of platelet blood cells, anti-cancer cardiotoxicity, inflammation and pain. She mentors students through Strathclyde’s Widening Access activities and the Social Mobility Foundation and is a keen advocate of enhancing STEM education in primary and secondary schools. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pharmacology Matters and sit on the editorial board for Pharmacology Research & Perspectives journal.
Dr Kazakidi is a Lecturer in Biofluid Mechanics and an awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow. Her research involves the modelling and simulation of complex real-world physiological and biofluid mechanics problems, such as arterial modelling for the initiation of atherosclerosis and models related to congenital heart disease. She recently started a new research initiative on developing new heamodynamic approaches for understanding childhood obesity. She is experienced in computational fluid dynamics and has specialised knowledge of all aspects of numerical simulation technology processes and communication of complex results.
Dr Kelly is senior lecturer in the history of health and medicine. She currently holds a Wellcome Trust research fellowship for a project on the history of contraception in modern Ireland and serves as director of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare. Her research focuses on the social history of medicine in the nineteenth and twentieth century and she has previously published on the history of women in medicine, medical education and student culture in Ireland.
Dr Mahn’s primary interest is in writing on margins and border-crossings, from travel writing to accounts of migration and displacement. She began her research on British Orientalist accounts of Greece and is currently working on postcolonial queer travel writing. In 2015 she was the lead on an AHRC-funded project on creating LGBTQ spaces in a refugee organisation in London and since has been a co-investigator on the AHRC Large Grant, Creative Interruptions, which investigates creativity at cultural margins.
Mr Paul became a looked-after child at the age of 11, giving him a combination of lived and professional experience which he uses to improve care for others. He is a Trustee for Who Cares? Scotland and is directly involved in the world-leading Independent Care Review as a co-chair through the ‘journey phase’. He is part of the British Council’s prestigious Future Leaders Connect inaugural cohort, and is also a Global Shaper at the Edinburgh Hub for the World Economic Forum, where he explores his passion for developing leadership to address the harshest of global challenges.
YAS co-chair Professor Nasar Meer said: “This is an incredibly talented cohort that brings to YAS a variety of expertise which promises to both enrich and expand our wide-ranging activities. We are delighted to welcome them and look forward to working collaboratively in the pursuit of transformative societal change”.
RSE President Professor Dame Anne Glover, who is also a Special Adviser to the Principal at Strathclyde, welcomed the “diverse and accomplished group of new members” to the Young Academy of Scotland.