Affiliate working group

In 2015 two Affiliate Members were elected to Council to ensure those enrolled in post-grad studies and early career researchers were represented.

Mathew and Rachel have been doing a great job, but feel the time has come to increase their remit to make sure the voice of Affiliates is being heard. It is hoped the formation of an Affiliate Working Group will provide the forum to do this.

The working group, with the support of Society staff, will ensure members are aware of the resources available to them at this crucial stage of their career.

How do I join the working group?

To get involved, please email Jen Brammer, Membership Engagement Manager

Please include any ideas you have to improve Affiliate membership and increase engagement from your fellow members.

View our other activities to support early career researchers here.

Role of the committee 

  • Support Affiliate Members to ensure they receive the required supportfrom The Society, are aware of and engage with activities of The Society
  • Act as advocates for membership of The Society 
  • Liaise between society staff and the wider Affiliate membership to ensure feedback is received and acted on where appropriate
  • Liaise between their fellow Affiliate and Undergraduate members, Affiliate Representatives, and The Society to ensure the relevant support is given where required
  • Encourage Undergraduate members to progress onto Affiliate membership once they commence post- graduate study or take on a junior post-doc position, and to encourage Affiliate members to progress to Full members

Read the full Terms of Reference.

Affiliate Working Group

Meet your reps

 Not an Affiliate member? Discover the benefits and join now.


Mathew Piasecki, Co-Chair, Manchester Metropolitan University

Mathew Piasecki is a Research Associate in Musculoskeletal Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his PhD within the same institution, investigating frailty and its association with the age-related loss of skeletal muscle motor units. His current research has continued with this work, and also investigates the effects of life-long exercise on neuromuscular form and function. He has been a member of The Physiological Society since 2010, when he joined as an undergraduate member. Mathew is currently the Affiliate Representative and Chair of the Affiliate Working Group. He feels strongly that early career researchers are the future of the field of Physiology, and should engage with the Society wherever possible for the benefit of both.

Rachel McCormick, Co-chair, University of Liverpool

Rachel McCormick is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on skeletal muscle ageing, with a particular focus on the dysregulation of miRNAs in the ageing process. She became a member of The Physiological Society in 2013 and was voted to be affiliate representative in 2015. She also serves on the Education & Outreach committee and is a member of the Physiology News editorial board.

Peter Aldiss, University of Nottingham

Peter Aldiss is a British Heart Foundation funded PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Having completed his undergraduate in Exercise, Nutrition and Health at Nottingham Trent University his research is now focussed on the role of diet, exercise and the environment in regulating cardiac and vascular adipose tissue function.

Emmanuel Amabebe, University of Sheffield 

Emmanuel Amabebe completed his PhD in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine at the University of Sheffield, investigating cervicovaginal fluid metabolite and microbiomial profile patterns that predict preterm birth, as well as exploring key physiological mechanisms of inflammation-associated preterm birth. He has been an Affiliate member of The Physiological Society since 2011. Emmanuel is currently a member of the Affiliate Working Group and represents the group at the Membership and Grant Committee of the Society. He is passionate about the engagement of early career researchers in the Society’s affairs as they constitute the future of the field of Physiology.

Jade Bearham, St George's University of London

Jade Bearham is a PhD student at St. Georges University of London. Her research project is about designing fluorescent biosensors to detect glucose in the airways. She completed her Biochemistry undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex, where she undertook an industrial sandwich year at Novo Nordisk. She has been a member of The Physiological Society since 2014 when she started her PhD. Jade is currently a member of the Affiliate Working Group, and feels that early career researchers have the potential to benefit greatly from the opportunities presented to them by the society.

Daniel Brayson, King's College London

Daniel Brayson is a Postdoctoral researcher in the cardiovascular division at King’s College London, where he also completed his PhD. His research is focussed on investigating the link between premature ageing mechanisms and cardiomyopathy in a desperate attempt to discover the secrets to eternal life. He has been a member of The Physiological Society since 2014 and is currently a member of the affiliate working group. He also represents the affiliate working group on the meetings committee.

Jessica Coulson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Jessica Coulson is a PhD Student at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her PhD is entitled “An investigation into the relationship between osteoporosis and sarcopenia in older men and women”. This has involved collating a large database of healthy older people and over 300 master athletes. She aims to submit her PhD by September 2018 and, from here, continue to pursue her research interests in bone health with ageing. She has been a member of the Physiological Society since 2014, when she joined during her role as a research assistant. She is passionate about promoting early career researchers within Physiology, particularly in promoting women within science.

Hannah Marie Kirton, University of Leeds

Hannah Kirton is currently a postdoctorate researcher at the University of Leeds, where she also completed her PhD, in Neuroscience. After two postdocs researching the regulation of the M-type potassium channel in Leeds and San Antonio, she is now characterising the role and implication of diabetes in cardiovascular failure, while utilising electrophysiology, molecular biology and confocal microscopy techniques. She has a key enthusiasm to commit and communicate scientific knowledge among the physiological community, while actively promoting gender equality in science as part of the AthenaSWAN charter.

Charlie Laing, King's College London

Charles Laing is a final year PhD candidate in Aerospace and Extreme Physiology at King’s College London. His research was conducted at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, investigating the use of artificial gravity as an effective countermeasure against the negative consequences of weightlessness in space. Charles led the first full scientific study on the newly built short-arm human centrifuge at DLR’s space physiology laboratory :envihab. Currently Charles is involved in the Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office (HuSCO), supporting human spaceflight in the UK, as part of the Space Cluster based at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire.

Jo Lewis, University of Nottingham

During his academic career to date Jo Lewis has drawn on a combination of neuroendocrinology and molecular biology to increase our understanding of energy homeostasis. He is currently investigating the central and peripheral actions of FGF21, whilst furthering our knowledge of hypothalamic tanycytes. He wishes to promote the society and harness its wealth of expertise for early career researchers.

Kim Whitehead, University College London

Kimberley Whitehead is a Clinical Research Associate and PhD Applicant working in the field of Developmental Neuroscience at University College London. She qualified as a Clinical Physiologist (neurophysiology) in 2010 and initially worked within the NHS, specialising in using EEG for the diagnosis of epilepsy and sleep disorders. From 2015, she has been investigating the development of somatosensory processing in premature human infants, and how early sensory networks may be influenced by sleep-cycling.

Calum Wilson, University of Strathclyde

Calum Wilson is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. Calum initially trained as an electronic/optical engineer and transitioned to physiology after designing optical instrumentation for studying the endothelium during his engineering doctorate (EngD).His current fellowship centres on the role of the calcium ion as an inter- and intracellular signalling molecule that coordinates endothelial function. Calum’s research activities are supported by the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA). Calum joined the Physiological Society as an affiliate member during his EngD studies in 2011. He recognises that the support of the Physiological Society has been invaluable to his transition into a physiologist and joined the Affiliate Working Group at its inception in 2016, to encourage others into physiological research.