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Biochemistry and Molecular Microbiology

Based on Streatham Campus, this highly diverse research theme has strengths in bacterial pathogenesis and the investigation of possible treatments including vaccine candidates, facilitated by a Class 3 pathogen containment facility.

Other key areas of research are: 

  • using electron cryo-microscopy (CryoEM) to investigate the structure and function of the bacterial type IV pilus, mitochondrial protein complexes and archeal surface proteins;
  • dynamics of molecular systems for medicine and biosensing using cutting-edge mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) and computational approaches;
  • control of transcription and translation, including non-coding transcription
  • developing standardized alternatives to vertebrate models for life sciences R&D
  • chemical biology approaches to novel medical diagnostics
  • and the use of enzymes for synthesis of valuable compounds.

Specialists in Biochemistry and Molecular Microbiology: