Neil Hanley

Vice Dean for Research and Innovation

‌Professor Neil Hanley is Vice Dean covering Research & Innovation (R&I) in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

He is also a Professor of Medicine, and an Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where he was Director of R&I for five years.

He was first made full professor in 2006 and is a past president of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland. He has been at The University of Manchester since 2008.

As a principal investigator, Neil has translated project and programme-level funding from MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, NIHR and Innovate UK into understanding how the earliest human organs form, as well as related aspects of stem cell biology and medicine.

His outputs in recent years have appeared in Nature Communications, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Biotechnology, eLife and PNAS. His partnership as chief investigator with industry leaders has driven initiatives in clinical diagnostics and their integration, which increasingly uses cutting-edge data science.

Professor Hanley is passionate about training the next generation as one of relatively few clinical academics to have held doctoral, post-doctoral and senior fellowships from Wellcome and the UK government during his career in the UK and USA.

He has contributed to or chaired national panels or initiatives on career development and encourages a strong, diverse research culture to maximise creativity. As part of his social responsibility activities, he is a governor of his local school.