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Cell and Molecular Biology

Within this division are two major internationally-recognised research themes:

  • Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics
  • Biomedical Sciences

There are strong synergies between the two areas in terms of techniques used, including biochemistry and molecular biology, electron microscopy (single particle, thin-section and freeze-fracture), confocal microscopy and various forms of fluorescence spectroscopy.

Our Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics team is the strongest in UK, and has gained international recognition for its innovative work with the dynamic properties of the intact photosynthetic membrane and the design and regulation of photosynthetic light-harvesting and electron transport.

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences also boasts also an internationally renowned expertise in mechanisms of redox sensing and control in chloroplasts and mitochondria, including the description of the chloroplast sensor kinase which couples electron transport to chloroplast gene transcription.

The Biomedical research theme includes work on understanding the role of epigenetics and post-translational modifications in human health and disease and the mode of action/mechanisms of resistance to clinically used anti-bacterial and anti-protozoal drugs. Our expertise in the biology of bacteria and trypanosomes has enabled usto initiate some pre-clinical drug discovery work.

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