Dr. Michael J. Porter

Dr. Michael J. Porter

Lecturer in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA215

+44 (0) 1772 89 4669


Subject Areas: Allied Health and Biosciences

Michael is a Lecturer in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, in the School of Medicine, with an interest in both Scientific and Pedagogical research. Michael has significant experience working with the Media in areas including UCAS, science and education. Continued work in the area of public engagement and outreach activities.

Michael is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), as well as a member of The Royal Society of Biology and The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Full Profile

A specialist in Molecular and Cellular Biology; Michael's PhD focused on the familial breast cancer gene BRCA2. Current research interests include the use of multimedia to enhance the student experience, blended learning approaches and authentic teaching/assessment. Scientific research is primarily in the area of Dermatology, particularly the genetics underlying hair / skin pigmentation, and metastatic melanoma (skin cancer). Other interests include the biological / psychological impact of stress in students / general public, the role of epigenetic modification in nutrigenomics, particularly during the gestational period, the impacts of vaping, highly caffeinated soft drinks etc. and evolutionary adaptation.

Michael is also heavily engaged in encouraging the public’s understanding and engagement with Science; making appearances on Radio and Television, as well as writing for various newspapers.

Michael wrote a guest blog for the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) about his research and teaching into Sepsis, a condition that he also has personal experience of.

The Conversation:

Michael has published several articles on The Conversation, to read them please follow the links below: