Professor Maggie Cusack

Professor Maggie Cusack

Dean of Natural Sciences

maggie.cusack@stir.ac.uk +44(0)1786 467855

Faculty of Natural Sciences 4V12 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

I completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool with Professor Rob Beynon where I studied the sweetest substance known which, surprisingly, is a protein called thaumatin. Protein research then brought me to Geosciences at the University of Glasgow where, as a NERC PDRA, I investigated proteins in brachiopod shells. As a Royal Society University Research Fellow I collaborated with Sir Alwyn Williams for many years, establishing my enthusiasm for modern and fossil biominerals. As well as research and teaching commitments at the University of Glasgow I held several leadership roles including Associate Dean for the Faculty of Physical Sciences Graduate School, International Lead for the College of Science & Engineering and Head of School of Geographical & Earth Sciences. I am a mentor for four early career scientists, a member of the peer review Colleges of EPSRC and NERC and external examiner for an MSci Geoscience degree at the University of Durham. On 1 March 2017 I joined the University of Stirling as Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. In April 2017, I took up the post of Vice President (Physical Sciences) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. On 13th April my two part exhibition entitled ‘Shell meets Bone’ with artist Rachel Duckhouse (http://www.rachelduckhouse.co.uk/) opened at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow as part of my Leverhulme collaboration with Rachel Duckhouse. (http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/exhibitionprogramme/shellmeetsbone/)

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