School of Human Sciences staff

Aparna Duggirala
Lecturer in Clinical Genetics

Aparna Duggirala is a Lecturer in Clinical Genetics at 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.

Sally Akehurst stood in front of a tree.
Head of School of Human Sciences

Dr Sally Akehurst is Head of School of Human Sciences which consists of three Discipline Areas including: Biomedical and Forensic Science; Psychology, and Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science.

Mohammed Aleskandarany in a library around books on book shelves.
Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Mohammed Aleskandarany is a senior lecture in biomedical science.

Ruth smiling wearing a green shirt
Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

As a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, Dr Ashton teaches on physiology and health related modules at all levels withing the department of Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Sciences. Her research interests surround promoting exercise as part of the treatment pathways of various health disorders such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Andrew Baird standing by a window
Senior Lecturer in Ergonomics and Psychology - Programme Lead MSc Behaviour Change

As a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Andrew has been involved in the development of pioneering MSc programmes in Behaviour Change and Ergonomics/Human Factors.  He is Programme Lead for the MSc Behaviour Change programme and teaches primarily at masters-level.  His applied research activities have most recently been centred on driver behaviour.  

Adam Baker in the Team Derby kit
Senior Lecturer in Sport

Adam is a Chartered Physiotherapist with particular interests in Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Prehabilitation. During his time at Derby University, he has been involved in the design, development and validation of a number of degree programmes (both undergraduate and postgraduate).

Kate teaching a student in one of the forensic labs at the University of Derby.
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Biology

Kate Barnes is a Lecturer in Forensic Biology and teaches on the Forensic Science, Biology and Zoology undergraduate programmes. She researches within the field of Forensic Ecology and is currently exploring insect-microbe interactions in the corpse environment and assessing the effect of environmental conditions on blow fly behaviour.

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership and Management

Senior Lecturer in Sport Management

James is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management with over 18 years of experience teaching within further and higher education. He mainly teaches on applied modules that look at how business principles, such as finance and strategic management, can be applied to sport.

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Simon is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. He primarily teaches biomechanics across all levels of study and contributes towards L5 Research Methods and L6 Independent study. Simon also provides research project supervision to UG and PGT students and doctoral supervision.