~~Professor Iain Hunter is Research Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Strathclyde. Previously, he was Executive Dean of Science (2008-2014) and Vice-Dean Resources and Planning (2002-2008).
With a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, PhD in Microbial Physiology (both Glasgow University) and Research Fellowship in Microbial Genetics (Cambridge), he has expertise across the biomolecular sciences. He worked in industry (Pfizer UK and the USA) on antibiotic discovery and development, and has acted as a programme manager at the industrial interface on secondment to the Research Councils.
Professor Hunter is committed to translational research, being involved in 4 SME start-ups in drug discovery, and drug production by bioprocessing. He was involved in bidding (2013) for the initial funding for the Scottish Innovation Centre in Industrial Biotechnology (IB), which has ambitious targets for growing IB in Scotland.
As an academic teacher, he has particular interest in the transition between secondary and tertiary education, when many students struggle. He was involved in framing the Curriculum for Excellence course in Biology and has been both a Vetter and Scrutineer in Biology for the SQA.
Professor Iain Hunter joined the SSAC on 01 February 2016.