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
Professor 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.
Professor 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.
Professor Kathy Cheah
Affiliation: Hong Kong University
Subject area: Genetics, genomics, medical genetics, development, developmental disorders
Biography: Professor Kathryn Cheah is Chair Professor of Biochemistry at The University of Hong Kong. Following a BSc degree in Biology from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, she undertook postdoctoral research in the University of Manchester and then the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. She joined the University of Hong Kong in 1983, was made Head of the Department of Biochemistry from 1997-2009 and then Director of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Centre for Reproduction, Development and Growth from 2004-2009. The driving motivation of her research is the realisation that, with an ageing population worldwide, genomic and regenerative medicine will play critical roles in helping to preserve healthy growth and quality of life. The Mission of her group is to make significant contributions through multidisciplinary synergistic partnerships and cutting edge science to enable ambitious research questions to be tackled. By applying the new knowledge to the development of strategies for the reconstitution or repair of tissues, her group aspires to reach the long term Vision of “Bench to Bedside” research, translating discovery to the clinic.
Professor 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.
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.
Associate Professor 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.
Professor 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.