Shirley May, BSc (Hons), PGCE, ODA

Location: HOVE

Membership Grade: Advanced Professional Member

Contact Info

Phone: 01273 729204
Mobile: 07767 496957
Email: /

General Experience

Worked for Indexing Secialists (UK) Ltd 1994 till 2008, indexing a wide range of topics and readership levels. Went freelance in 2008, and since then have indexed mostly academic books in the areas of biochemistry, nanotechnology, microbiology, electronics, imaging methods, medicine. Recent titles include: “Diatom Nanotechnology” (Dusan Losic, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry) and “Fast Facts: Immuno-oncology” (Clarke/Li) published by Health Press Ltd.

I am also a practising and teaching artist ( and interested in art history and anything to do with painting.


Drawing and Painting

I paint, and teach painting. I have a Certificate in Art, and a Certificate in Printmaking (Brighton University)

-Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences

I have a degree in biological sciences from University of East Anglia, which included study of chemistry, physics, genetics, physiology, ecology, statistics, physical chemistry. My specialism was biochemistry.


I have indexed many books on nanotechnology, stretchable electronics, polymer-graphene nano-composites, acoustic microscopy, ultrasonic imaging, NMR in drug discovery, bio-interfaces, diatom nanotechnology.

-Medicine and Health

I worked in NHS operating theatres for ten years and am a qualified Operating Department Assistant (ODA City & Guilds). I have indexed a wide range of medical books, including “Inflammatory Disease of Blood Vessels” (Hoffman, Blackwell Publishing, 2011), “Successful Strategies for the Discovery of Antiviral Drugs” (Desai/Meanwell, 2013, Royal Society of Chemistry), “Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry” (Davis/Ward, 2014, Royal Society of Chemistry)

Art History

I have some knowledge of art history and have compiled the index to an encyclopaedia of art, and the index to a catalogue for an exhibition at the Foundling Museum in London. I am particularly interested in Impressionist painters.


I have played tennis, and followed the players in various tournaments for twenty-five years.

Recent indexes include

Dosan Losic, Diatom Nanotechnology, Royal Society of Chemistry, 20.9.2017
Clarke/Li, Fast Facts: Immuno-oncology, Health Press Ltd, 5.10.2017

Clients Include

Royal Society of Chemistry
Health Press Ltd


MacBook; iPad