Dr Rebecca Devon

Science Manager


I have an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Edinburgh.

Following postdoctoral research in Edinburgh and at the University of British Columbia, Canada, I decided to move away from an academic career.

I spent a period working as a freelance scientific editor of manuscripts written by non-English speaking authors while my children were small, then moved back to the University of Edinburgh to work in science communications including researching and writing impact case studies for the College REF2014 return.

I have since transitioned into scientific and operational management, and have been Science Manager for the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences since 2014. I have a varied role which is best described as strategic development of our Centre, management of professional services support, and supporting the academics across their wide range of activities throughout the lifecycle of a research project and beyond.

Project activity

I support Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences academics with:

  • strategy & Centre advancement
  • professional services support (operations, finance, HR, estates, postgraduate)
  • pre-award grant administration, recording & reporting outputs
  • metrics & boiler-plate texts
  • communications - websites, news, social media & events
  • data management & data protection¬†

I was a co-founder of the  Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research while working as an MND researcher and am proud to have been overseeing its operations and helping drive strategic development since 2010. I am also closely involved with related research hubs the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and MS Society Edinburgh Centre for MS Research.

I work closely with: