The Mentors are here to help...

The Mentors are here to help...

Our mentors have been specially selected to support teams throughout the whole event process from advice on team and application co-ordination to helping with pitch preparation.  

Have a browse through the following Mentor biographies. If you have any direct questions for a particular Mentor, please address it via the MVLS Science Den email:


Mr Adam Majumdar

My main responsibilities are the management of intellectual property and commercialisation of university research, particularly  licensing or spin out companies. Prior to joining the University, I was in-house solicitor at a life sciences company and I have experience in both industry and the public sector. I have an LLB (Hons) degree.


Dr Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth manages professional and career development opportunities for Early-Career Researchers at the University, including  the Glasgow Postgraduate Leadership Programme, the 3 Minute Thesis Competition and the annual Research Staff Conference. Elizabeth has a PhD in Chemistry and a CIPD Certificate in Learning and Development. She has previously worked on Educational Projects for the Royal Society of Chemistry and coaches cycling at a local kids club.

Dr Gordon Meiklejohn

Gordon graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Parasitology and then remained at University of Glasgow to study for his doctoral thesis in immunology/microbiology. Subsequent to his PhD, Gordon was instrumental in spinning out the contract research company, MD Biosciences, in 2004. MD Biosciences commercialised research from the labs of Profs Paul Garside and Iain McInnes and Gordon led the tech transfer from University lab to industrial setting. During his 8 year tenure, the company grew from start-up to employing 15 people and served a global client group of biotech and pharma companies.

Gordon joined the College of MVLS in 2012 as Research & Business Development Manager where he worked with researchers to develop their research towards application and impact by supporting translational funding streams including BBSRC follow-on fund. Gordon joined RSIO in January 2015 as Business Development Manager with responsibility for Innovate UK/TSB.

Prof Kevin O'Dell

Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the University of Glasgow where he has worked for the last 25 years. His research focuses on the genetic basis of sex-specific behaviour in Drosophila melanogaster, as well as using Drosophila as a model of human mitochondrial disease, especially deafness.  In addition Kevin is heavily involved in teaching and running the Genetics degree programme at the University of Glasgow. Kevin has many years’ experience of both undertaking and leading Public Engagement activities and projects. These include the Images on the Clyde in conjunction with Glasgow Science Centre, events such as Blame Your Parents for Glasgow Science Festival and hosting various events for the Royal Society of Biology. More recently Kevin has been working on the Zika Discovery project with Glasgow University Archives. He also works with Time-Tastical Productions on the Wellcome Trust funded comedy sciences shows Zombie Science and Superhero Science which have been seen by over 65,000 people. and is supported by the Wellcome Trust. In 2014 he received the Innovator in Public Engagement award from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and with Time-Tastical Productions Superhero Science won the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community prize at the 2016 Herald Higher Education Awards. On 1st July 2016 Kevin was appointed Dean of Public Engagement at the University of Glasgow.

Ms Rose-Marie Barbeau

Rose-Marie joined the University's central REF team to coordinate the impact element of the University's REF2014 submission. Her academic background is in International Policy Studies (MA) and French Linguistics/Literature (BA Hons), and her pre-HE professional background is in the international development sector. She is now utilising the information and experience gained in part through the REF to assist Colleges in understanding and expanding their impact profiles and research user relationships, supporting their knowledge exchange activity in order to maximise potential impacts, and supporting development of their impact case study pipelines for REF2020/21. She is available to assist individuals and teams interested in formulating and implementing impact plans, and can also advise on evaluation tools and other means of capturing/documenting impact.

Rose-Marie is the first point of contact for staff applying for support from the Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund, and can advise on applications to other impact acceleration funds as well; she works in close coordination with College impact and business development managers. She delivers the impact-related modules for the Researcher Development Programme, and is the first point of contact for the repository for KE activity and impact documentation. Rose-Marie is on Twitter and has a Slideshare site for presentations; there is also a Moodle site offering impact-related resources, guidance and presentations that is open to all at University of Glasgow.

Mr Sam Langford

Sam graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, before moving into a public engagement role with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and subsequent roles with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Glasgow Science Centre. He has been in post as Science Learning Coordinator at Glasgow Science Centre for three years, and is involved in a number of public engagement activities. This includes the development of the education programme for schools, a number of science shows and an award winning video campaign “Glasgow Science” which culminated in “Can you send a teacake into space?.” It is estimated that this campaign was viewed by over 25 million people worldwide.  He is currently writing a children’s book about stereotyping in the science and is working closely with a number of Glasgow researchers as part of this project.