Professor Noel Morgan was raised in the West Midlands and completed a PhD at the University of Leicester. This set him on track to a research career studying the (patho)physiology of the pancreatic beta-cell biology in the context of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He was a faculty member at Keele University from 1986 to 2002 before moving to the University of Exeter. He is currently Director of the Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science in the University of Exeter Medical School.


Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?

A. My days are very varied! They usually contain a mix of academic managerial and research meetings and, inevitably, I do a lot of writing. I also travel quite often. Among all of these, I like nothing better than to spend time discussing the latest results with my colleagues in the lab (although I know better than to appear in a white coat!).


Q. What made you want to work in your current job?

A. I can think of nothing better. The science is stimulating, my colleagues are fantastic and our team has a clear vision to help people with diabetes.


Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

A. My wife and I have a tandem, so the lanes and byways of Devon and Cornwall provide a perfect place to explore (exept for the hills). Our new role as grandparents is also a huge amount of fun!