Professor
Medicine
Telephone: (01792) 602207
Room: Academic Office - 506
Fifth Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus

Professor Steven Kelly obtained his BSc (hons) in Genetics from Swansea University in 1978 and a PhD in yeast genetics in 1982.  In 2011 he received his DSc from Swansea University and also worked as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Krebs Institute in Sheffield University (1983-98) and as lead professor for molecular biology at Aberystwyth University (1998-2004) where he established the Wolfson Laboratory for Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity.  In 2004 he returned to Swansea University’s new Medical School as lead for research.

Professor Kelly is a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and the Learned Society of Wales and in 2016 was awarded the George Schroepfer Medal from the American Oil Chemists Society for distinguished research on lipids (sterols).  In 2014 he was First Distinguished Visiting Research Professor at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and in that year the European Regional Development Fund project BEACON with Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities won the 2014 RegioStars prize among the EU regional projects.

He is author of more than 300 publications and has been on the Advisory Board of several international symposia.  He held scientific conferences in Swansea University including the International Yeast Lipid Conference (2005), International Symposium on Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity and Biotechnology (2006), British Yeast Group (2016) and 30th Anniversary Conference for the EPSRC UK National Mass Spectrometry Facility (2017).

Professor Kelly is Deputy-Director of the BEACON Centre of Excellence in Biorefinery, Director of the EPSRC UK National Mass Spectrometry Facility and besides EU and RCUK funding (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC) has held National Institutes of Health (USA) programme RO1 support continuously in Swansea University 2004-2022.  He continues to work with multinational industries in different sectors (pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, biotechnology, food and drink, water) and also with BEACON helping local SMEs in West Wales and the Valleys.

Areas of Expertise

  • DSc IWAF FRSB FRSC FLSW

Publications

  1. & Mutations in hmg1, Challenging the Paradigm of Clinical Triazole Resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. mBio 10(2)
  2. & In vitro activities of the novel investigational tetrazoles VT-1161 and VT-1598 compared to the triazole antifungals against azole-resistant strains and clinical isolates of Candida albicans. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
  3. & The Evolution of Azole Resistance in Candida albicans Sterol 14α-Demethylase (CYP51) through Incremental Amino Acid Substitutions. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 63(5)
  4. & Microalgae biochar-derived carbon dots and their application in heavy metal sensing in aqueous systems. Science of The Total Environment 656, 531-539.
  5. & Additional pathways of sterol metabolism: Evidence from analysis of Cyp27a1−/− mouse brain and plasma. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids 1864(2), 191-211.

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Supervision

  • Development and application of novel mass spectrometry ionisation source for biological chemistry (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jonathan Mullins
    Other supervisor: Prof Steven Kelly
  • Application of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) in the quantitative analysis of organic analytes generated in gasification/pyrolysis coupled Fischer Tropsch (FT) reactor: syngas clean-up and hydrocarbon production. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steven Kelly
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Godfrey