Category: Natural Sciences

Head of the Department of Chemistry 

Professor Oscar Ces has accepted an extension to his appointment as Head of the Department of Chemistry until 31 July 2026. Professor Ces is the Hofmann Chair of Chemistry and has been Head of the Department since August 2019.

Professor Ces first joined Imperial in 1997 as a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry. He then held a postdoctoral fellowship and research lectureship in the department before being promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor between 2010 and 2016.

Professor Ces’ research interests focus on biomembrane engineering, drug-membrane interactions, biomimicry, soft condensed matter, chemical biology, microfluidics, artificial cells, single cell analysis and lipid membrane mechanics.

Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Ramon Vilar has accepted appointment as Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences, with effect from 1 October 2023, for a term of five years.  

Reporting to the Dean, in this role Professor Vilar will be a member of the faculty leadership team, and work closely with the Dean and the research strategy team. His responsibilities will include supporting the development of strategic research priorities, raising the quality and impact of the research undertaken across the faculty, and sustaining and diversifying research funding. 


Head of the Department of Mathematics

Professor Axel Gandy has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Mathematics with effect from 1 October 2023, for a period of 5 years. To facilitate a smooth transition, Professor Gandy will start shadowing the current Head of Department Professor David van Dyk from 1 October 2022. Professor van Dyk has extended his term as Head of the Department by a year until 30 September 2023.