David J. Thornton Ph.D.
Professor, Wellcome Trst. Ctr. for Cell-Matrix Rsrch.
Dave is a Professor of Biochemistry within the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Dave's undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, both in Biochemistry, were from the University of Lancaster. Since moving to Manchester in 1987, he has had a number of positions; first as a research associate, then as a Senior Experimental Officer within the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research before finally joining the academic staff in 2003. Within the faculty Dave has been the deputy director of the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programme, the head of postgraduate research progression and most recently the deputy associate dean for postgraduate research (recruitment) for the Faculty of Life Sciences. Currently, Dave is a Section Head. A main focus of Dave's research is investigating the role(s) of mucins in the CF airway, and in particular, how mucins contribute to airway mucus gel properties.