Robin May

Robin May
Robin May


Robin May
Chief Scientific Adviser at Food Standards Agency

Areas of Expertise
Microbiology, infectious disease, immunology

Introduction
As Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency, I am responsible for the integrity of the science and evidence that underpins FSA activities, as well as for communicating our evidence-based approach to other government departments, external stakeholders and consumers.

Career History
My early training was in Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, followed by a PhD on mammalian cell biology at University College London and the University of Birmingham. After postdoctoral research on gene silencing at the Hubrecht Laboratory, The Netherlands, I returned to the UK in 2005 to establish a research program on human infectious diseases. I was Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham from 2017-2020.  

Alongside my role as a CSA, I continue my work on Infectious Disease at the University of Birmingham. 

Board Service, Honours, Special Skills and Education
PhD Mammalian Cell Biology - UCL/University of Birmingham
Wolfson Royal Society Research Merit Fellow
Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

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