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Professor Maggie Cusack

Dean of Natural Sciences

Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Maggie Cusack

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I completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool with a Tate & Lyle CASE award supervised by 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 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.

On 1 March 2017 I joined the University of Stirling as Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Faculty comprises the Institute of Aquaculture, Divisions of Biological & Environmental Science, Computing Science & Maths and Psychology. I hold several external roles including being a member of the Scottish Government STEM Strategy Advisory Group, Vice-President (Physical Sciences) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Interdisciplinary Advisor for REF sub-panel B7 in criteria-setting and assessment phases. In 2018, I completed the Senior Executive Programme of the London Business School.

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