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Alastair Reid

Mr Alastair Reid
Institute Director, BTI

Alastair is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CFIOSH), Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Fellow of the Society of Biology.

He is also a member of the European Biological Safety Association (EBSA) and the European Countries Biologists Association (ECBA).



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Lawrence Dickson

Mr Lawrence Dickson
Programme Coordinator and Senior Tutor, BTI

Lawrence has an Honours Degree in Genetics and has over twenty years experience of working in the University of Edinburgh, with
more than fifteen years experience of working in biological research laboratories.

He is also an experienced trainer, having prepared and delivered the University’s training course in Genetic Modification work for
several years. Lawrence is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.



Dr Phil Walsh
Tutor, BTI

Dr Phil Walsh

Phil is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.  He has
professional qualifications and experience in health and safety management, environmental management and biological safety, as well as
broad research experience in microbiology, genetics, molecular biology working in universities and government research institutes.

Phil joined the Biosafety Unit at The University of Edinburgh in March 2016.



Dr Fiona Harris
Tutor, BTI

Dr Fiona Harris

Dr Fiona Harris

Fiona has a PhD in molecular biosciences and over 25 years of research experience in academia and the pharmaceutical

Fiona has considerable experience in health and safety issues and whilst at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, was a member of the
Health and Safety Committee and had a role in radiation protection.

Fiona joined the Biosafety Unit at The University of Edinburgh in November 2013.


Dr Bob Osborne
Tutor, BTI

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Dr Bob Osborne

Following graduation, Bob worked initially at Pirbright in a diagnostic but principally research environment exploring the epidemiology of a
range of viruses of major economic consequence, gaining his higher degree in Applied Immunology.

He moved to the University of Glasgow in late 1987 studying aspects of vaccine development to lentiviruses. He acquired the corporate biosafety management portfolio in the mid-1990s, with training featuring either to small or moderate sized groups on a regular basis.
He gained the NEBOSH Diploma in 1996 and IOSH Chartered status in 2006.

He remains, or has been, a member of various professional bodies including the European Biosafety Association, contributing for 4 years
to its Scientific Working Group, the Institute in Safety, Technology and Research and continues as an active member of HSE’s Scientific Advisory Committee for Genetic Modification.