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Professor of Toxicology and Dean of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University

Gary undertook his scientific training by completing an Honours degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Stirling and went on to study an MSc in Drug Design and Biomedical Science before undertaking a PhD examining the toxicology of inhaled particles at Napier University. In 2004 he began his post-doctoral career with the Medical Research Council in the Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, where he held two posts. Gary is Dean of School of Applied Sciences and is member of the University Senior Leadership Team.

Gary is responsible for leading nano safety research at the University. The focus of this work is to investigate the effects of environmental pollutants, including nanoparticles, on the developing foetus and male reproductive health and fertility. This work involves the development of in vitro and in vivo models to assess the safety of various chemicals and nanoparticles in relation to endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental health. Gary has secured and contributed to large collaborative nanotoxicology studies such as the EU FP7 projects ENPRA, ENRHES & MARINA and is currently part of the Horizon2020 BIORIMA project.

Gary holds membership of the Scottish Council of Deans for Education, the Council of Deans for Science and Engineering Scotland and Chairs the Scottish Institute for Policing Research Board of Governance.

Gary is also currently a UK Government Scientific Advisor with membership of Defra’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC) and of the Food Standards Agency’s Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment. Gary was previously a member of the NANoREG UK steering group and UK Government Nanotechnologies Strategy Forum.

Gary is also a member of the:
College of Experts, Defra; Register of Specialists, Office for Product Safety & Standards, Part of the UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, Scottish Government Chemical Policy Network and of the UK FSA Register of Specialists.


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    Professor of Toxicology and Dean of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University