Dr Ricardo Del Sol Abascal
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 295191
Room: Academic Office - 531
Fifth Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • nanoparticles
  • Streptomyces
  • molecular biology
  • insect symbionts
  • genomics


  1. A tale of tails: deciphering the contribution of terminal tails to the biochemical properties of two Dps proteins from Streptomyces coelicolor.. Cell Mol Life Sci
  2. & Comparative Genomics of Facultative Bacterial Symbionts Isolated from European Orius Species Reveals an Ancestral Symbiotic Association. Frontiers in Microbiology 8
  3. Draft genomes, phylogenetic reconstruction and comparative genomics of two novel cohabiting bacterial symbionts isolated from Frankliniella occidentalis.. Genome Biology and Evolution
  4. Suppression of Mediator is regulated by Cdk8-dependent Grr1 turnover of Med3 co-activator.. PNAS 111
  5. & Symbiont-mediated RNA interference in insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283(1825), 20160042

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  • PM-120 Genetic Analysis I

    This module is designed to develop the skills required for students of genetics and medical genetics. Students will meet with tutors and be given a series of assignments designed to develop skills in key areas such as essay writing, presentations and general numeracy. Joint sessions will cover generic skills such as internet searching for scientific sources, referencing and plagiarism.

  • PM-200 Genetic Analysis II

    This module will give assignments designed to build on essay writing and oral presentation skills introduced in level 1. It will also develop critical evaluation, analysis skills for the understanding of peer-reviewed research papers.

  • PM-251 Microbial Molecular Genetics

    The control systems governing gene expression in prokaryotic cells are explored and the molecular basis for gene regulation introduced. Practical skills in obtaining and analysing data on a bacterial system are developed. The module then assesses the structure of the bacterial genome and how genetic analysis can be used to investigate structure and function of individual components of that genome. Specific examples explored in depth are the genetics of recombination and DNA repair. The technologies used for functional genomic analysis of fully sequenced bacteria are described with reference to analysis of human pathogens. Finally, the module includes examples of synthetic biology applied to bacteria.

  • PM-253 Techniques in Molecular Biology

    The module will provide a sound theoretical and practical basis to a comprehensive range of biomolecular techniques currently employed in molecular genetics and biochemistry. Particular emphasis is placed on DNA recombinant technology, next generation sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics and mass spectrometry.

  • PM-253C Technegau Bioleg Foleciwlaidd

    Bydd y modiwl yn darparu sylfaen ddamcaniaethol ac ymarferol gref ar gyfer ystod gynhwysfawr o dechnegau biofoleciwlaidd a ddefnyddir ar hyn o bryd mewn geneteg foleciwlaidd a biocemeg. Rhoir pwyslais penodol ar dechnoleg ailgyfuno DNA, dilyniannu cenhedlaeth nesaf, transgriptomeg, proteomeg a sbectrometreg màs.

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project


  • PM-315 Genetic Analysis III

    The module aims to develop the student¿s ability to critically analyse and synthesise advanced research topics in genetics and molecular biology, and their oral and written scientific presentation skills.

  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

  • 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-357 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-357C Technegau Labordy Biofeddygol

    Bydd y modiwl yn darparu damcaniaeth ymarferol a manwl o¿r cymwysiadau ac offer sydd ar gael i fyfyrwyr MSci yn y labordai ymchwil biofeddygol sydd wedi'u lleoli yn yr Ysgol Feddygaeth. Bydd y modiwl yn darparu canllawiau a rhesymeg ar gyfer cynlluniau arbrofol, a dadansoddiad data ac ystadegau.


  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Conlan
  • Microbiome Characterization Guides the Development of Novel Pest Control Strategies: Lessons Derived From F. occidentalis Microbial Symbionts (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Dyson
  • Facultative bacterial symbionts from European Orius species: Evidence for an ancestral symbiotic association. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Dyson
  • Companion diagnostic development guides Antibody-Drug Conjugate formulation: Implications for patient stratification and precision medicine (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Conlan
  • Draft genome assembly, bioprospecting and functional analysis of Probiotic bacteria. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Facey
  • 'Study of the correlation between archived metal polluted soils and microbial resistance to antibiotics and metals' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Geertje Van Keulen
  • 'Population genomics approaches to understanding the evolution and ecology of bacterial pathogens' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Wilkinson
  • 'Population genomics of bacterial pathogens' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Wilkinson