David Balcer-Whittle


I joined the University of Leeds in November 2018 as a Scientific Operations Officer with the LICAMM Scientific Operations team.

Prior to my current role, I have worked as a Science Technician in a school, and as a Science Explainer at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, so this role is a change for me, as the word 'science' does not directly feature in my job title.

I conducted my MSc by Thesis at Durham University, trialling the use of genetic fingerprinting methods for conducting a non-invasive mark-recapture analysis of Vulpes vulpes. Like a lot of research project titles, it's a bit of a mouthful, but it allowed me to work in a lab and in the field and provided me with useful hands-on research experience. I completed in 2016, but they don't give grades on a research Masters, so that's all I can say about it.


  • MSc Biological Sciences
  • BSc Natural Sciences (with Biology and Anthropology)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine