Johanna Bowler, PhD

Media and Public Relations Manager | Operations Team

Jo joined the Wyss Center as Media and Public Relations Manager in December 2015.

She works alongside scientists, engineers, clinicians, and business innovators on internal and external communications including journalist liaison as well as written, multimedia and digital content.

Jo is interested in the connection between science and society, methods of public engagement with science and the ethical questions related to the development of new technologies.


Jo brings more than fifteen years of combined research and communication experience in multiple science and engineering disciplines, including biotechnology, biomechanics, astronomy, zoology and neuroscience. She is experienced in developing tailored communication strategies and in managing all aspects of co-ordinated, campaign-led, communications.

Prior to joining the Wyss Center she was Science Press Officer at the University of Exeter in the UK, Communications Manager for the Square Kilometre Array Telescope international astronomy organisation, Account Executive for a biotech communications consultancy and Science Communicator in an interactive science visitor center.

She previously worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Manchester, UK, where she investigated the evolutionary mechanisms of bipedal walking in humans.

She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Royal Holloway, University of London and her Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Jo has published articles in both peer reviewed journals and the popular science press.