Publications

  1. & Comparative Genomics of Facultative Bacterial Symbionts Isolated from European Orius Species Reveals an Ancestral Symbiotic Association. Frontiers in Microbiology 8
  2. & RfiA, a novel PAP2 domain-containing polytopic membrane protein that confers resistance to the FtsZ inhibitor PC190723. Future Microbiology 10(3), 325-335.
  3. & Symbiont-mediated RNA interference in insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283(1825), 20160042
  4. & Draft Genomes, Phylogenetic Reconstruction, and Comparative Genomics of Two Novel Cohabiting Bacterial Symbionts Isolated fromFrankliniella occidentalis. Genome Biology and Evolution 7(8), 2188-2202.
  5. & A tale of tails: deciphering the contribution of terminal tails to the biochemical properties of two Dps proteins from Streptomyces coelicolor. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

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Teaching

  • PM-133 Evolutionary and Molecular Genetics

    The module starts with a consideration of aspects of genetics and related topics, eg. mitosis and meiosis, mutation, genomes, recombination, transcription, translation, protein structure and protein properties. The second part of the module deals with evolutionary biology, natural selection and variation, molecular evolution, species and their creation, classification and phylogeny.

  • PM-252 Molecular Evolution

    The module aims to critically evaluate concepts and apply the scientific methods pertaining to the study of molecular evolution, in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project

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  • PM-336 Biomedical Laboratory Techniques

    The module will provide practical and in depth theory of applications and equipment available to MSci students in the biomedical research laboratories based at the Medical School. The module will provide guidelines and rationale for experimental design, and data and statistical analysis.

  • PM-345 Bioinformatics: From sequence to Function

    The ever increasing availability of genome sequences and protein structure data demands that molecular biologists are proficient at performing extensive data analyses to guide and support traditional laboratory-based research. This Module will provide the theoretical basis and practical training on computational tools currently used to assemble and interrogate genome sequences, infer gene and protein functions, and to examine protein structure data.

  • PM-400 Advanced Research Project A

    The advanced research project is a key component of the final year of study, providing students with experience of conducting cutting-edge research in the Institute of Life Science and Centre for Nanohealth over an 8-month period. The project will fall into one of the current medically-related research themes: Biomarkers and Genes; Microbes and Immunity; Devices. Students will employ a range of advanced analytical procedures to investigate a specific topic. In addition, they will gain experience in preparing a research proposal and presenting their data in various formats. Research topics will be assigned that are appropriate to a specific degree title. For example, a Genetics student could be assigned a project investigating gene function in an insect vector of a tropical disease, using the technique of RNA interference. The advanced research project is divided between 2 modules, PM-400 and PM-402. PM-400 includes the following components: (1) Preparation and defence of poster, (2) Oral presentation of the project findings, (3) Lab performance and (4) Oral defence of the project in an open viva (20-minute presentation followed by 10-minutes of questions from the audience).

  • PM-402 Advanced Research Project B

    The advanced research project is a key component of the final year of study, providing students with experience of conducting cutting-edge research in the Institute of Life Science and Centre for Nanohealth over an 8-month period. The project will fall into one of the current medically-related research themes: Biomarkers and Genes; Microbes and Immunity; Devices. Students will employ a range of advanced analytical procedures to investigate a specific topic. In addition, they will gain experience in preparing a research proposal and presenting their data in various formats. Research topics will be assigned that are appropriate to a specific degree title. For example, a Genetics student could be assigned a project investigating gene function in an insect vector of a tropical disease, using the technique of RNA interference. The advanced research project is divided between 2 modules, PM-400 and PM-700. PM-700 comprises the final written dissertation.

Supervision

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    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Facey
    Other supervisor: Dr Ricardo Del Sol Abascal