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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Professor David Parker

Professor David Parker

Visiting Professor

 Geoffrey Pope MO5


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


David Parker is Manager of the Global Applications team in Shell's Low Carbon Fuels business.  Prior to this he was Global Manager, Biodomain, a group specifically set up to carry out cutting edge R&D in the bio to product arena. Over his time in Shell David Parker has a lead research activity in a wide range of scientific disciplines including algal/microbial routes to hydrocarbons, economic modelling and scale up for a wide variety of compounds and processes. David Parker has over his career been responsible for the delivery of multimillion dollar programs both in-house and globally and has worked in collaboration with academic institutes around the world from China to the US. Over the past few roles in Shell David has been personally involved with Exeter, becoming a visiting Professor, managing in collaboration with John Love on a wide range of multi discipline programs. Programs lead by David Parker have employed leading edge synthetic biology approaches to look for new routes to industrially relevant processes and feedstock usage. David Parker has published several papers including PNAS, Nature protocols, Trends in Plant Science and BMC Bioinformatics.

Key publications

  • Enzymatic C-H activation of aromatic compounds through CO2 Fixation, Nature Chem Bio, 2020
  • Enzymatic carboxylation of 2-ruoic acid yields 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid, ACS cat, 2019
  • UbiX is a flavin prenyltransferase required for bacterial ubiquinone biosynthesis, Nature, 2015
  • New cofactor supports α, β-unsaturated acid decarboxylation via 1, 3-dipolar cycloaddition, Nature, 2015
  • Synthesis of customized petroleum-replica fuel molecules by targeted modification of FFA pools in E.coli, PNAS, 2013
  • Structure and biochemical properties of the alkene producing cytochrome P450 OleTJE. JBC, 2014
  • Brachypodium distachyon: making hay with a wild grass, Trends in plant science, 2008
  • High throughput, nontargeted metabolite fingerprinting using nominal mass flow injection electrospray mass spectrometry, Nature protocols, 2008
  • Metabolite signal identification in accurate mass metabolomics data with MZedDB, an interactive m/z annotation tool, BMC bioinformatics 2009
  • Pre-processing, classification modelling and feature selection using ESI-MS, Nature Protocols, 2008
  • Rice blast infection of Brachypodium distachyon as a model system to study dynamic host/pathogen interactions, Nature Protocols, 2008
  • Explanatory signal interpretation and metabolite identification strategies for nominal mass FIE-MS metabolite fingerprints, Nature Protocols, 2008


BSc, PhD

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