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Dr Claire Shingler, Business Manager, +44 (0)1865 618806

Claire is your first point of contact if you are interested in any aspect of the BioEscalator. She is on the lookout for the most exciting innovative medical science companies to co-locate with the University’s medical research and is building a community of people interested in medical innovation and collaboration.

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Dr Elen Wade-Martins, Business Engagement Manager, +44 (0)1865 618802

Elen has been involved in the BioEscalator since the early planning stages and is now responsible for business development and community building in the BioEscalator. Her background is in research, commercialisation of research and supporting early-stage entrepreneurs; she has worked at MIT, Oxford University Innovation, Begbroke Science Park and the Said Business School. Elen relishes the challenges and rewards of working at the academic/business interface.


Dr Khwaja Islam, Lab Manager, + 44 (0)1865 618801

Khwaja is responsible for setting up and maintaining the core lab facilities for the BioEscalator. He also trains tenants to use the shared equipment and is the BioEscalator Health and Safety Officer.

Khwaja is a very experienced Lab Manager, having worked in and run medical research labs throughout his career, most recently in the University. He is focused on maintaining a great core facility and supporting scientists to achieve their aims in the lab.

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Peter Jones, IT Manager, +44 (0)1865 618805

Pete manages all the BioEscalator IT and AV. He provides the network access, phones and offers IT consultancy.

Pete has a diverse background across IT in hands-on and senior management roles. He has worked both within academic and high-pressure commercial environments.


Bushra Nawaz, Apprentice Laboratory Technician  

Bushra’s role involves assisting in setting up and running the new laboratory facilities. She works closely with Laboratory Manager Khwaja Islam, and with his support is being trained on the operation of all lab equipment, using these skills to support BioEscalator tenants.

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Hannah Menzel, Senior Receptionist, +44 (0)1865 618804

Hannah is one of the Senior Receptionists at the BioEscalator. She has worked for the University of Oxford for over five years as a Receptionist for the NPEU and facilities assistant for the NDPH. Both of these roles were based in the Richard Doll Building on the Old Road Campus.

Hannah loves to work at the front of house and is looking forward to dealing with all the new and exciting developments the BioEscalator will bring. 

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Rachel Barrett, Senior Receptionist, +44 (0)1865 618803

Rachel is one of the senior receptionists at the BioEscalator and, along with Hannah, is a main point of contact. Rachel has been working as a receptionist for 3 years with previous experience in the Chemistry Research Laboratory. She loves meeting new people, and is excited about the BioEscalator and its potential.