Dr Mark Evans

Job: Lecturer in Biomedical/Medical Science

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: 0116 2577888

E: mark.evans@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/beh

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Personal profile

Dr. Mark Evans is a Lecturer in Biomedical and Medical Science.  He is a graduate of Brunel University (BSc.) and Louisiana State University (PhD) with an extensive academic and research background in the area of free radical biology and oxidative stress.  

During his career he has worked in the areas of cigarette smoking-induced lung disease, automimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus) and cancer and prior to coming to De Montfort University was a post doctoral scientist then lecturer at The University of Leicester.  His primary interests lie in the area of DNA damage/repair and role in disease pathogenesis.  Additionally he has worked in the area of human biomonitoring, examining excreted markers of nucleic acid oxidation and their biological sources, particularly the role of nudix hydrolases.  

Dr. Evans also has active research interests in the therapeutic potential of natural products, primarily anti-cancer activity and mechanism.  Dr. Evans has significant experience of teaching/teaching administration for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, as well as design of and academic lead for MSc. programmes.

Research group affiliations

Biomedical and Environmental Health Group

Publications and outputs 


To see all of Mark's publications and outputs click here.

Research interests/expertise

Free radicals and oxidative stress
Oxidative and free radical damage to nucleic acids; analysis of biomarkers of damage to nucleic acid; biological meaning and sources of urinary nucleic acid oxidation products; repair/processing of oxidatively-damaged nucleic acids; biomarkers of repair of oxidatively-damaged DNA; Nudix hydrolases.

DNA damage and repair in carcinogenesis; potential use and mechanism of chemical agents derived from natural products as anti-cancer agents.

Areas of teaching

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology


PhD Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge)
BSc. (Hons) Applied Biochemistry (Brunel University)

Courses taught

BSc. Biomedical Science
BMedSci. Medical Science
MSc. Advanced Biomedical Science

Honours and awards

Diploma from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education recognising contribution to oxidative stress research in lung cancer, 2006.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of The Royal Society of Chemistry

Fellow of The Institute of Biomedical Science
Honorary member Lupus UK/West Midlands Lupus Group

Biochemical Society
Society for Free Radical Research
UK Environmental Mutagenesis Society

Current research students

First supervisor
Ibrahim Alhabib (PhD)

Philip Okyere (DHSci)


Second supervisor

Hesham Khodeir (PhD)

Gurminderjeet S. Jagdev (PhD)

Sian Atkin-Smith (MRes)


Professional esteem indicators

2005-2008 Editorial Board, Eurekah Bioscience.

Jan. 2009 Invited Chair, session on ‘Interpretation of urinary DNA oxidation products’ at 2nd Copenhagen Workshop on DNA Oxidation, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Oct. 2009 Guest at No.10 Downing St. for Lupus UK Reception hosted by Sarah Brown as part of Lupus Awareness month.

Invited Speaker at the IFRA UK Fragrance Forum 2016, The Royal Society, London, UK, October 2016. 

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