Michael was Research Associate in PEALS from 2004-6, working on the Wellcome Trust-funded North Cumbria Community Genetics Project. Having spent two years as Research Fellow in the BIOS Centre, London School of Economics, he returned to PEALS in 2007 to take up a 5 year RCUK Fellowship. He is now Lecturer in International Politics in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.
Susan joined PEALS in 2005 to work with Erica Haimes and Jacquelyne Luce on the Wellcome Trust-funded project Embryo Donation. This project looked at the views women and couples have on donating embryos from IVF to stem cell research. After leaving to travel round the world she came back to work for PEALS for six months in 2008-9 to help organise the Annual PEALS symposium and assist Erica and Ken Taylor on the MRC-funded study of women's attitudes to donating eggs from IVF treatment to stem cell research in exchange for reduced fees. Susan is now working in Research Support at Bournemouth University.
Anthropologist Dr Jacquelyne Luce joined PEALS in April 2004 to work with Erica Haimes on a research project which looked at views on donating embryos for stem cell and other research. In 2006 Jacquelyne was appointed a Research Fellow at Zeppelin University in Germany.
Dr Tom Shakespeare played a key role in the early years of PEALS, alongside Erica Haimes. He helped to create a distinctive identity for the Centre, based on innovative public engagement (e.g. Newcastle Cafe Scientifique, and sci-art initiatives) and multi-disciplinary research, with his particular focus on disability studies. After seven years of working full time for PEALS, Tom spent three years on a NESTA Fellowship, before taking up a part-time role with Beacon North East. Currently, he is mainly committed to work at the World Health Organization in Geneva. In all these incarnations, he has kept up his informal links to PEALS and to the bioethics and science engagement agenda in general.
Dr Jasber Singh was a part-time Research Associate at PEALS from October 2005 to December 2006, fulfilling the role of Deputy Director of Co-Inquiry alongside Director of Co-Inquiry, Tom Wakeford. Whilst in PEALS Jaz took responsibility for disseminating work on public and community engagement, particularly on nanotechnology and various aspects of human and plant genetics. One highlight of his work was sharing a platform at McGill University with Professor Troy Duster, discussing the issue of how 'race' features in medicine and genetics. Jaz also worked with Simon Woods on the issues around public engagement on sex selection for the Life Knowledge Park. He is currently working on a project related to genetically-modified crops (particularly biofuels) and sustainable agriculture.
Sue joined Tom Shakespeare and Micheal Wright in 2003 to take part in the three year Restricted Growth Project. The project, in close association with the Restricted Growth Association, conducted research into medical and healthcare experiences and social issues for adults with skeletal dyplasias. It was unusual in that it maintained a dual focus on medical/health aspects as well as life experience and quality of life issues, especially with regards to barriers to inclusion. Sue has now taken up a post in the Department of Academic Neurology at the University of Sheffield.
Dr Fionagh Thomson joined PEALS in March 2006 as a Research Associate, working with Simon Woods on the EU-funded SmartHealth Project. Fionagh left PEALS in 2009 to become a Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Community Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.