Dr Neil Pickles

Job Role
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Following a BSc in Biology, I undertook a PhD that involved biochemical analysis of hydrocolloids, using chemical and biological techniques. After completing my PhD, I had a postdoctoral scholarship at the University of California, Riverside. On my return to the UK, I took up a lecturing position at MMU. At that time I completed a postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCAP). I then moved to the University of Chester, where I progressed to Deputy Head of Department and Lead Senior University Teaching Fellow.

In June 2019, I joined Glyndŵr as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology. I lead the Applied Science and Engineering teams at the university. I am an Advance HE senior fellow (SFHEA).

My interests involve running, triathlons and reading, especially history.


  • University of Liverpool - BSc Biology
  • University of Liverpool – PhD Biochemistry, hydrocolloids
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Postgraduate certificate in academic practice (PGCAP)


  • Biochemistry of complex carbohydrates - structural analysis, functionality and differentiation
  • Microbiology – Viruses, bacteria, biofilms and quorum sensing
  • Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) development
  • Pedagogical research – use of technology and student expectations


I teach across a number of areas in engineering and science from foundation year to postgraduate level. 


For full details of publications, see Google scholar N Pickles

Taylor, C., Heron, C., Horder, S., Hughes, C., Owen, A. and Pickles, N. (2020) Leading Accelerated Educational Development. Educational Developments Vol 21 No.3.

Human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem/stromal cells adhere to and inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

A Review of How Ageing Disrupts the Biological Mechanisms Responsible for its Regulation

Detection of Konjac glucomannan by immunoassay

Detection of human blood by immunoassay for applications in forensic analysis

Characterisation and properties of Acacia senegal (L.) Willd. var, senegalwith enhanced properties (Acacia (sen) SUPER GUM™): Part 3 Immunological characterisation of Acacia (sen) SUPER GUM™

Applications of immunoassays in hydrocolloid research