People

Current Members

Professor Carl Philpott

Professor Carl Philpott

Professor of Rhinology and Olfactology

Professor Philpott leads the research group based at UEA with a team of academic trainees and collaborators as well as links to national and international colleagues and units. He leads the MACRO Programme Grant and is President of the British Otorhinolaryngology & Allied Sciences Research Society. A full biography is available on the UEA website. Research details can also be found on his ResearchGate profile, and he also has a UEA Experts profile page, and a profile page on Top Doctors

Miss Jane Woods

Miss Jane Woods

ENT Research Nurse

Jane is an ENT Research Nurse at the James Paget University Hospital and is involved with research recruitment in the Rhinology and Smell & Taste Clinics.

Mr Peter Prinsley

Mr Peter Prinsley

ENT Consultant

Mr Peter Prinsley is an Otologist who has worked as an ENT Consultant for 20 years and published articles and clinical reports about ear disorders and training in otological surgery.

He has an interest in Cholesteatoma Genetics and is registered as an MD Student at UEA

Dr Tanya Ta

Dr Tanya Ta

Academic Foundation Doctor

Tanya Ta is an Academic Foundation Doctor in Norwich, East Anglia region and honorary tutor at Norwich Medical School. She was awarded a distinction for her Masters in Clinical Research degree (MRes) in ENT. Tanya has been an active member of the group since 2015. She has secured the national prestigious including the ENT UK SFO UK Innovative Education Prize, the Wolfson Foundation intercalated degree award, the Royal College of Surgeons Intercalated Bachelor of Science Degree in Surgery Award, runner-up award for the Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education 2017, the Ed and Ravenscroft Academic Award for Excellence 2019 and multiple presentation prizes. Her research focuses on ENT, especially in Chronic Rhinosinusitis and outcome measures and medical education.

Dr Andreas Espehana

Dr Andreas Espehana

Academic Foundation Doctor

Andreas is an Academic Foundation Doctor in Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital. He has recently graduated from King’s College London and has presented in multiple international conferences as a medical student. His current research focus is on ENT.

Dr Shyam Gokani

Dr Shyam Gokani

Academic Clinical Fellow in Otolaryngology

Shyam is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Otolaryngology, combining clinical training with rhinology research. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2018 and completed the Academic Foundation Programme at UCL prior to this. His previous research has focussed on health economics and digital health.

Dr Mairenn Garden

Dr Mairenn Garden

Academic Foundation Doctor

Mairenn is an Academic Foundation doctor at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She has recently graduated from the University of Birmingham. To date, she has been involved in a variety of research projects and has presented at multiple conferences. Her current research focus is on Otolaryngology, in particular anosmia.

Dr. Rashed Sobhan

Dr. Rashed Sobhan

Rashed is working as a Research Associate in Magnetic Resonance Physics at University of East Anglia(UEA). Before joining the team, he completed his NIH-USA-funded PhD from UEA in Brain Perfusion-MRI analysis; his MSc was in Medical Electronics and Physics from Queen Mary, University of London. He is involved in acquisition, processing, and analysis of the fMRI data. His other tasks include research recruitment, randomisation, executing the Smell tests, and correlating them with (f)MRI data.

Miss Kala Kumaresan

Miss Kala Kumaresan

Clinical Research Fellow

Kala Kumaresan is a Clinical Research Fellow at James Paget University Hospital. She is an aspiring junior ENT surgeon with a passion for treating smell and taste disorders.

Previous Members

Jessica Bewick

Jessica Bewick

Jessica's work on the Feasibility Study for an RCT of Macrolides in Chronic Rhinosinusitis led to being awarded the Xomed-Treace Research Prize from the Otorhinolaryngological Research Society to attend the ENT American Academy Annual Meeting (AAO-HSNF).

Liam Masterson

Liam Masterson

Specialist Registrar in Otorhinolaryngology

Liam is Specialist Registrar in Otorhinolaryngology based on the clinical rotation in the Eastern Deanery. He is recently helped publish work on "quality of life outcomes following sinus surgery in allergic fungal rhinosinusitis versus non-fungal chronic rhinosinusitis".

Rupert Smith

Rupert Smith

A medical student at Norwich Medical School, Rupert has been involved with the group since 2014. He is currently undertaking an intercalated Master of Research degree with the group, his primary project being the Socioeconomic Cost of Chronic Rhinosinusitis study.

Miss Sally Erskine

Miss Sally Erskine

Sally is Specialist Registrar in Otorhinolaryngology based on the clinical rotation in the Eastern Deanery. She is currently undertaking her academic work at the UEA focussing on the epidemiology and psychosocial sequalae of chronic rhinosinusitis.

Ms Teresa Ferreira

Ms Teresa Ferreira

Multi-speciality Clinical Research Nurse

Multi-speciality Clinical Research Nurse at the James Paget University Hospital and is involved with research recruitment in the Rhinology and Smell & Taste Clinics.

A.Catarina Pratas

A.Catarina Pratas

PhD Student

Former hospital biomedical engineer, Ana was working on the immunological profiles of idiopathic uveitis in a hospital centre in Paris.
She is currently a PhD student at Norwich Medical School, seeking to explore the endotypes in Chronic Rhinosinusitis with the group.

UEA Wider Research Team

Collaborators outside of the core research team

  • Prof Ann Marie Swart – CTU Director
  • Prof Lee Shepstone – Medical Statistics
  • Prof Andrew Wilson – Respiratory Medicine
  • Dr Allan Clark – Medical Statistics
  • Dr Barbara Jennings – Clinical Genetics
  • Prof Marcus Flather – Clinical Trials
  • Dr Caitlin Notley – Qualitative Research
  • Dr Dan Brewer
  • Dr Ryan Cardenas
  • Dr Jane Skinner
  • Dr Sara Bengtsson
  • Dr Saber Sami
  • Dr Tom Wileman
  • Dr Jelena Gavrilovic