Meet our trainers

Our expert trainers have the skills and experience to ensure you get the best training. Each of them brings something unique to Cofactor.

Prakash Parmar

Where are you based?

South London, UK

What experience do you bring to Cofactor training?

I bring my experience as an English language teacher and teacher of English for Academic Purposes.

What do you like best about working on Cofactor courses?

Learning about all the different kinds of research people are doing in different fields.

How do you spend your time when not being a trainer?

When not being a trainer I prepare university students for their studies and teach on teacher training courses. In my free time I like to run, cook a little and knit.

What’s your favourite word?

Mardy’, which is an informal word from the Midlands in the UK (where I’m from) and means to be in a grumpy mood.

Chris St Pourcain PhD

Where are you based?

Kleve, Germany

What experience do you bring to Cofactor training?

I was a university lecturer for five years, so I have first-hand experience publishing research papers, supervising PhD students, and writing successful research grant applications as the principal investigator.

I have ten years experience of managing the peer review of research grants and research grant funding processes for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK. I am also an experienced scientific editor and trainer.

What do you like best about working on Cofactor courses?

I really enjoy hearing the course participants’ experiences and ideas and helping them to understand the different options and possibilities for writing and publishing research papers.

How do you spend your time when not being a trainer?

I enjoy playing guitar, reading and trying to trace my family tree.

What’s your favourite word?

The German word Hamsterkauf, which means panic buying.

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Dorcas Upshall

Where are you based?

Norwich, UK

What experience do you bring to Cofactor training?

I bring my years of experience teaching English language and English for Academic Purposes, and a love of language in general.

What do you like best about working on Cofactor courses?

My favourite part of Cofactor courses is meeting the students – all around the world – and getting to hear about their fascinating research.

How do you spend your time when not being a trainer?

When not being a trainer I am working with my private students or checking on my plants.

What’s your favourite word?

My favourite word is Ralph, my dog’s name. But his favourite word is “dinner”, not Dorcas.

Stefania Vega PhD

Where are you based?

London, UK

What experience do you bring to Cofactor training?

I’m a former scientist, with a passion for clear communication, compelling stories, and people. Cofactor allowed me to put these passions together.

What do you like best about working on Cofactor courses?

I really enjoy teaching researchers how best to communicate their discoveries – teaching, to me, is a great joy!

How do you spend your time when not being a trainer?

Besides being a trainer and an editor, I am a fiction writer, an adventurous cook, a keen traveller, and a painter.

What’s your favourite word?

The one always giving me a thrill is imagination. Another one is serendipity because, so many times, it feels incredibly real.

Lee-Ann Coleman

Where are you based?

London, UK

What experience do you bring to Cofactor training?

I trained as a neuroscientist in Australia but after two postdoctoral positions I moved into scientific administration. I have over twenty years experience working across the UK research funding, higher education and scientific information sectors. I was involved in establishing Europe PubMed Central, and championed open access publishing, particularly in the research charity sector.

What do you like best about working on Cofactor courses?

I enjoy working with researchers from around the world, especially those starting their careers. I hope that our training helps to dispel some of the myths that build up around publishing.

How do you spend your time when not being a trainer?

When I’m not doing Cofactor training, I’m writing fiction and looking for fossils.

What’s your favourite word?

Ammonite

 

Bruce Johnson

Where are you based?

London, UK

What experience do you bring to Cofactor training?

Twenty years of teaching in UK universities, as well as a background in commercial training.

What do you like best about working on Cofactor courses?

It is a real pleasure to work with so many talented scientists and academics.  I get a big kick out of helping them make the world a better place.

How do you spend your time when not being a trainer?

University teaching, cooking for friends,  being out on my motorcycle, and camping with friends. 

What’s your favourite word?

Optimism. The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is if they have identical experiences, the optimist has a better time.

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