Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineFaculty of Medicine Centre

Head of Research Strategy



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Faculty BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Shona Blair is Head of Research Strategy, Faculty of Medicine. She works with the Faculty’s Director of Research and Vice Dean (Research) to develop and support strategic initiatives. The Research Strategy Team focuses on supporting and increasing the Faculty’s research success, including developing our people, building strategic relationships, finding opportunities and managing various funding initiatives.

Shona has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic plans, management and governance, particularly within the higher education sector. Her previous role was as the General Manager of the ithree institute (infection.immunity.innovation), in Sydney, Australia. There she worked closely with the Director to develop and implement ithree’s strategic plan, and with the institute’s senior research leaders to increase research funding and impact. She has also held other roles in Australian research-intensive universities in various areas, including managing PhD candidate training and development.

Shona has a PhD in microbiology, and she has conducted research into the effects of manuka honey against antimicrobial-resistant wound pathogens, its wound healing properties and the impact of floral variety of the antimicrobial activity of honey. She retains an interest in medicinal honey research, including current involvement in a study of the effects of honey on human gut health, as well as a project looking for more sources for clinically relevant antimicrobial honey.



Carter DA, Blair SE, Cokcetin NN, et al., 2016, Therapeutic Manuka Honey: No Longer So Alternative, Frontiers in Microbiology, Vol:7, ISSN:1664-302X

Packer JM, Irish J, Herbert BR, et al., 2012, Specific non-peroxide antibacterial effect of manuka honey on the Staphylococcus aureus proteome, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, Vol:40, ISSN:0924-8579, Pages:43-50

Chen C, Campbell LT, Blair SE, et al., 2012, The effect of standard heat and filtration processing procedures on antimicrobial activity and hydrogen peroxide levels in honey, Frontiers in Microbiology, Vol:3

Irish J, Blair S, Carter DA, 2011, The Antibacterial Activity of Honey Derived from Australian Flora, Plos One, Vol:6, Pages:e18229-e18229

Blair SE, Cokcetin NN, Harry EJ, et al., 2009, The unusual antibacterial activity of medical-grade Leptospermum honey: antibacterial spectrum, resistance and transcriptome analysis, European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Vol:28, ISSN:0934-9723, Pages:1199-1208

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