Steve Edwards obtained his BSc and PhD at the University of Wales, Cardiff and spent periods of research in Brussels, Philadelphia, Cardiff and UMIST before moving to Liverpool. His research focuses on the control of neutrophil function in infections and inflammatory diseases, and uses a variety of molecular, physiological and biochemical approaches to understand how these cells are switched on and off in human disease. This research involves collaborations with other scientists in Liverpool, the UK and internationally, as well as links with local hospitals (e.g. Aintree University Hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Royal Liverpool Hospital), and industry. He has developed a number of international research and training partnerships (e.g. with Chulalongkorn University, Chiang Mai University and Khon Kaen University in Thailand: Bicol University, Central Luzon State University and University of the Philippines Los Banos, in the Philippines). These partnerships include joint and dual award masters and PhD programmes. He was formerly the Head of the School of Biological Sciences, Head of School of Life Sciences and Head of the Institute of Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. He was also involved in programme development and quality assurance at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, being Chief Institutional Moderator for 5 years.