Meet the women driving our research
Discover the women making an impact through their research at the University of Portsmouth
We’ve nurtured and celebrated women’s achievements from our earliest beginnings as Portsmouth Municipal College.
The suffragette Elsie Hooper blazed a trail here in the early 1900s, teaching the science of plants as medicine to our pharmacy students. Elsie was the first woman to receive two prestigious research awards: the Redwood Research Scholarship and the Pharmaceutical Society’s Burroughs Scholarship. Elsie opened her own pharmacies in London where she employed and mentored female apprentices.
Over 100 years later, women continue to play a leading role in driving our ambitions and are carving out new knowledge and understanding in science, the humanities, technology, the arts and business.
The research conducted by our female scholars is varied, and covers the areas of health, security, the environment, the arts and crime. It is all breaking new ground and making a difference to what we know and how we live. Through their teaching, they’re inspiring a new generation to go further still.
Dr Joanne Preston, Reader in Marine Ecology and Evolution
Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr, Professor of Biomechanics
Amy Wright, Senior Lecturer
Christina Philippou, Programme Lead (PGT Accounting, Economics and Finance)
Dr Victoria Bemmer, Senior Research Fellow
As part of the latest project from the Centre for Enzyme Innovation Victoria is working towards the development of 'plastic-eating’ enzymes that could help solve the ever-growing problem of waste polyester clothing, testing the compatibility of engineered enzymes with the additives, dyes and solvents found in textiles.
Dr Marianna Cerasuolo, Senior Lecturer
Dr Smita Sahu, Research Fellow
Dr Seda Sucu Sagmanli, Research Fellow
Dr Lana Chikhungu, Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies
Dr Jen Gupta, Senior Public Engagement and Outreach Fellow
Dr Cressida Bowyer, Senior Research Fellow
Professor Claudia Maraston, Theoretical Astrophysicist
Professor Becky Milne, Forensic Psychologist
Dr Juliane Kaminski, Reader in Comparative Psychology
Dr Erika Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance
Caroline Cox, Senior Lecturer in Law
Judith Fletcher-Brown, Marketer
Lisa Jack, Accountant
Carmen Solana, Reader in Volcanology and Risk Communication
Dr Claire Nee, Forensic Psychologist
Professor Djamila Ouelhadj, Senior Lecturer in Operational Research
News, blogs and Life Solved podcasts from our women in research
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How Fashion and the Internet are Changing the Status of Women in Iran ft. Dr Mahsa Ghaffari
The Evolution of Cybersexualities ft. Dr Trudy Barber
Virtual Reality Relics ft Dr Claire Bailey-Ross
Mapping Microplastics ft. Dr Fay Couceiro
7 reasons why you should be glad it's International Women's Day
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New podcast series offers women insights, advice and experience for starting a business
Solent Seascape Project takes huge step forward to bring oysters back to the River Hamble
International Women’s Day 2023 events across campus
Could your dog help answer some big questions in canine research?
Using spiders as environmentally-friendly pest control
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