Chris Hawes is Professor of Plant Cell Biology and Head of the Biology Doctoral Training Programme at Oxford Brookes University and was instrumental in establishing the BioImaging Unit in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences.
He obtained a BSc and PhD from the University of Bristol before moving to the University of Oxford to carry out research on the AEI million volt electron microscope.
Prior to moving to Oxford Brookes in 1989 he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow.
Chris has served as Vice President and President of the Royal Microscopical Society and is currently Hon Secretary of the Society.
In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Society. From 2008 to 2013 he was a non-stipendiary director of the Oxfordshire Bioscience Network, a spin out from Oxford Brookes.
Over the years he has secured funding from the BBSRC, Leverhulme Trust and EU and has recently held two programme access grants for use of the laser microscope facilities at the Lasers for Science Facility (LSF), Harwell. He has served on BBSRC and ERC funding panels and as a member of the BBSRC Exploiting New Ways of Working (ENWW) Strategy Advisory Panel Portfolio Monitoring Group. He was a member of the STFC Large Facilities Sub-Group of the 2013 Programmatic Review and from 2013-2016 he served on the STFC CLF Facility Board.
Chris researches into various aspects of plant cell biology with microscopy being the main focus. He has published over 200 papers and reviews, and is currently cell biology editor of four International Journals.