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Bioscience Impact Team


Bioscience Impact Team

     Dr Vibhuti Patel - Head of Bioscience Impact Team

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Vibhuti is the Head of the Bioscience Impact Team, maintaining oversight on all funding and activities, supporting academics to work with industrial and international contacts on relevant opportunities, and assisting in the development of REF case studies. Vibhuti joined the University of Cambridge in March 2017 from the Royal Society of Chemistry where she held a number of roles including in Strategic Partnerships, liaising with companies, government bodies and philanthropic donors, and in International Development, setting up two subsidiaries in India. Vibhuti has a B.Sc. in biochemistry and Ph.D. in biological mass spectrometry, both from the University of Warwick.


Dr Diane Lister- Impact Facilitator (Secondment)

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Diane is Impact Facilitator in the Bioscience Impact Team. She is covering for Kate Parsley, who is on secondment at the Centre for Digital Built Britain.

Diane oversees the University’s BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) and Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA), and will be managing internal calls to allocate funding. She can also provide support for writing Pathways to Impact statements for grant applications, and has also had experience in writing impact case studies for projects relevant to food security in the Department of Archaeology. Diane has an undergraduate degree in Botany from the Australian National University, and an MPhil and Ph.D. from the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. She has broad experience of the biological sciences at Cambridge through a number of research positions, including at the Department of Biochemistry. Most recently, she has worked at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, where she used patterns in crop genetic diversity to study the prehistoric spread of agriculture.


 Dr Kate Parsley- Impact Facilitator

 Kate is currently on secondment at the Centre for Digital Built Britain and will return to the team later on in 2019.



Kate Parsley is an Impact Facilitator in the Bioscience Impact Team. Kate manages the BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account and other related translational funding, such as the recent BBSRC GCRF IAA and BBSRC AgriFood Technology Seeding Catalyst. Kate can also provide support and training for writing Pathways to Impact. Kate focuses her support in the agri-tech and animal health sectors. A plant scientist by background, Kate has academic and industry experience and a wide network of contacts, helping to connect academics to external stakeholders that can assist in their impact journey. Part of Kate’s role is to manage the University’s strategic relationship with Nestlé and she can provide support to academics wishing to work with them.


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