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Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Colin Kleanthous

Affiliation: University of Oxford, UK  

Subject areas: Biochemistry and molecular biology

Biography: Colin is the Iveagh Professor of Microbial Biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford.  His research interests centre on protein-protein interactions in bacterial systems, with particular focus on the translocation mechanisms of bacteriocins and protein-protein interactions that underpin organization and function of the cell envelope of Gram-negative bacteria. Colin has chaired the Wellcome Trust’s fellowships panel and was chair of the UK Biochemical Society during the Society’s centenary (2011). Colin was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2010 and to the membership of EMBO in 2018.

Editorial Advisory Panel

Paula Booth

Affiliation: King’s College London 

Subject areas: Membrane protein folding, biophysics

Biography: Paula is currently the Daniell Chair of Chemistry and Head of Department at King’s College, London, UK. Her research addresses the biosynthetic folding of integral membrane proteins, studying reaction mechanisms, regulation by membrane lipids and constructing biomembranes for synthetic biology applications. Paula studied Chemistry at Oxford University followed by a PhD at Imperial College, London. She has held Faculty positions at Oxford, Imperial College and Bristol where she was Professor in the School of Biochemistry.

Neil Bruce

Affiliation: University of York, UK

Subject areas: Industrial and environmental biotechnology

Biography: Neil studied Applied Biology at the Hatfield Polytechnic and obtained his PhD at the University of Kent. In 1987 he moved to the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge where he worked with Chris Lowe on the development of biosensors for the detection of illicit drugs. In parallel, he received a Research Fellowship from Wolfson College to work on the metabolism of alkaloids. In 1990 he was appointed to a Lectureship at the Institute of Biotechnology and then subsequently a Readership where he expanded his interests in microbial and plant metabolism of xenobiotic compounds. In 2002 he moved to the University of York where he was appointed to the Chair of Biotechnology. His laboratory’s main interests involve studying the biodegradation of explosives and lignocellulose with a major focus on enzyme discovery for industrial and environmental applications.

Ashleigh S. Griffin

Affiliation: University of Oxford, UK

Subject area: Social evolution

Biography: Ashleigh started her career with a PhD on meerkats at the University of Edinburgh. After a 3-year career break she returned to research on social evolution of cooperatively breeding vertebrates, and experimental evolution with bacteria. She combines these two approaches to this day. Ashleigh was supported by a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship and then moved to Oxford in 2009 to take up a University Research Fellowship. She was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Zoology at Oxford in 2013. 

Wilhelm Gruissem

Affiliation: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

Subject areas: Plant biology and biotechnology

Biography: Wilhelm received his PhD in 1979 from the University of Bonn in Germany. He trained as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr David Prescott at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He moved to the University of California at Berkeley in 1984 as an Assistant Professor of Plant Biology. Since 2000 he has been Professor at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Society of Plant Biologists, and Co-Editor of the book ‘Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants’.

Professor Martin Humphries

Affiliation: University of Manchester, UK

Subject Area: Biochemistry

Biography: Martin is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Howard University Cancer Center, Washington, DC, USA and at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. In 1988, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship to return to Manchester. In 1995, he progressed to a Principal Research Fellowship and co-founded the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, which he directed from 2000 to 2009. From 2008 to 2016, he was Vice-President & Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences. Professor Humphries is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Biology, and a member of Academia Europaea. He has served as Chair of the Biochemical Society and Vice-President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The long-term aim of the research conducted in his laboratory is to elucidate the mechanisms by which adhesion controls cell behaviour. A current focus is the ternary connection between extracellular matrix rigidity, signals transduced by adhesion receptor-associated complexes and cell cycle progression.

Jenny Low

Affiliation: Singapore General Hospital

Subject area: Biomedicine, infectious diseases

Biography: Jenny is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Infectious Diseases, other than seeing patients her research work includes drug trials for dengue fever.

Marcellus Ubbink

Affiliation Leiden University, The Netherlands

Subject areas:  biochemistry, enzymology, structural biology

Biography: Marcellus studied Biology at Utrecht University and received a PhD degree in Chemistry from Leiden University. After spending three years as a post-doc in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University, he became a lecturer at Leiden University. Since 2010 he is a full Professor in Protein Chemistry. His research is focussed at understanding enzyme structure, dynamics, function and evolution at the atomic level.

Professor Ry Young

Affiliation Texas A&M University, USA

Subject areas: Biochemistry, biophysics, phage and bacterial molecular biology

Biography:  Ry attended CalTech and Rice University (A.B. in Biochemistry), and matriculated in the Biology doctoral program at MIT in 1968.  After an interruption for the draft, he earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology studying ribosome control in E. coli under the direction of Hans Bremer.  After a post-doctoral stint at Harvard Medical School with Mike Syvanen studying the molecular biology of prokaryotic transposons, he took a faculty position in Medical Biochemisty in 1978.  After transferring to Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1986, he has risen to the position of University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Phage Biology, focusing on basic and applied phage biology. 

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