Dr Mark Brickley – Head of Laboratory
I obtained my bachelors degree in dental science from Bristol University in 1988 and then proceeded to obtain a research PhD from Cardiff in 1995. My research interests include algal bioenergetics and algal mitochondrial morphology. Biovital Research has been built over the last 7 years and entered a new exciting phase in its growth since our recent relocation to custom built laboratory facilities. My particular expertise lie in confocal microscopy including 3D reconstruction of live cell morphology and developing bio-assays based on fluorescent / proteomics methods. I currently live in Somerset with my wife Nicki and family.
Jemma Blake – Research Laboratory Director
I am a qualified Dental Nurse but before Dental Nursing my background has been administration based in various roles from accounts/purchasing/IT etc. As well as managing and directing Biovital Research with Dr Brickley we are currently designing a Microscopy kit for the amateur scientist/enthusiastic hobbyist. We are doing some amazing research here and have a great team of employees and students with us. I currently live in Yeovil with my Husband Craig and 4 year old son Archie who I look forward to showing how fascinating and rewarding scientific research can be.
Claire Grant – Laboratory Supervisor
Leila Whitney - Research Assistant
I am Leila Whitney, currently I am working at Biovital Research as a research assistant. I am on a gap year after completing my A levels and will be starting an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Cardiff University next year. I was extremely excited to be invited back to Biovital Research having completed two periods of holiday work there previously. I am really enjoying the opportunity to do research into Lichen symbiosis. When I am not thinking about science I will likely be watching films, playing the cello or sailing.
Toby Baker – Research Assistant
Hi I’m Toby and I am a sixth form student at Huish Episcopi studying maths, further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. I am 17 years old and I work as a research assistant at Biovital Research. I live at home with my family and hope to be going to university to study Natural Sciences in the future.
Caitlin Brickley – Research Assistant
Nicky Evans – Research Assistant
Hi I’m Nicky and I am 17 years old. I am attending Huish Episcopi sixth form and i am studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. I am a research assistant at Biovital Research and I started work in September 2014.
Annabel Symonds – Research Assistant
Hi i’m Annabel, I am 17 years old and i am currently a 6th form student at Huish studying Biology,Physics,Maths and Music. I’m one of the research assistants at Biovital Research and I have been working here since September 2013.