College of Science and Engineering staff

PGR student Cyril Mbachu in a field researching
Postgraduate Research Student

Cyril Mbachu is a Postgraduate Research Student who is pursuing an academic interest in the field of environmental sciences.

Anne Danby teaching environmental science to South Sudanese forest workers
Course Director

As Course Director for the School of Built and Natural Environment, Dr Anne Danby works on improving the curriculum and the student experience. She is Chair of the Northern Universities Consortium and specialises in curriculum development, credit and assessment. She teaches ecology, mycology and environmental sustainability and has a vibrant consultancy portfolio.

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Angela is the Head of Apprenticeships for the College of Science and Engineering.

Melissa Di Giovanni
Postgraduate Research Student

Melissa is a postgraduate research student whose current research investigates how cognitive and psychological factors influence drawing ability and affect the design experience for students in design education. 

Uchenna Diala working in his office.
Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Dr. Uchenna Diala is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in the School of Engineering, at the University of Derby. He currently leads and teaches the following modules: Engineering Applications and Professional Development, Engineering Workshop, Renewable and Smart Energy Systems, Electronic Communication Systems, and Control Systems and Electrical Machines.

Alexandra wearing a cardigan, clutching hands together
Postgraduate Research Student

Alexandra is a first-year postgraduate research student researching fundamental movement skills, physical activity, and balance during early childhood. 

Samantha Drake
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Chemistry

Based in the discipline of Biomedical and Forensic Science, Samantha teaches chemistry across most programmes within the College of Life and Natural Sciences. A passionate educator, Samantha is the Learning and Teaching Lead for the discipline. Her scientific research focuses on the application of analytical chemistry to real world challenges.

Mark Dring in conversation.
Senior Lecturer & Programme Lead for Acoustics

Mark is a lecturer on the Sound, Light and Live Event Technology Degree and also on the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

Aparna Duggirala
Lecturer in Clinical Genetics

Aparna Duggirala is a Lecturer in Clinical Genetics at the University of Derby. She is a molecular geneticist with a strong background in cell and molecular biology. She performs biomarker discovery and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students on human metabolic diseases.

Dr Edris at School of Human Sciences graduation ceremony July 2022
Lecturer - Biomedical Sciences

Lecturer (Derby Scholar) in Biomedical Sciences, attached to the UoD Biomedical and Clinical Science Research Theme. Dr Edris has a research interest in rehabilitation medicine and related technology. Dr Edris has teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and currently contributes to the teaching of various modules within the College of Science and Engineering.