BBSRC funding for Synthetic Biology adhesins

schematicI am very pleased to announce that our interdisciplinary synthetic biology work has been awarded a responsive mode BBSRC grant of £119,000 to develop novel adhesive protein fibres for tissue engineering applications. This is lead by the Graham, but in conjunction with  Professor Phillip Wright (CBE, CHELSi) and Professor Sheila Macneil.

Read more: BBSRC funding for Synthetic Biology adhesins

CASE studentship award

22nd Feb 2012

We are please to announce that we have been awarded a CASE studentship award in a partnership with GlaxoSmithKine and are now advertising a 4 year PhD studentship to investigate the use of the sialidase inhibitors to reduce biofilm formation and cell invasion by periodontal and other pathogens.

This is a very exciting project that extends our recent work on periodontal pathogen biology in this area (see publications section).

The full advert can be viewed here:

The deadline for applications is 16th March 2012.

Congratulations Jennie on Paper publication

Feb 16th, 2012

Well done to Jennie on the acceptance for publication of the first (of many) papers on her work on the flagellin specific glycosylation pathway in Aeromonas entitled "Identification of a putative glycosyltransferase responsible for the transfer of pseudaminic acid onto the polar flagellin of Aeromonas caviae Sch3N".  This was a very nice piece of work and a reward for alot of effort.  The paper will be published in a new online journal called MicrobiologyOpen from Wiley that is a sister journal for the likes of Molecular microbiology.

Read more: Congratulations Jennie on Paper publication

Welcome to Matt Hicks

Feb 2nd, 2012

Matt Hicks started in the lab on 1st Feb on an initial 6 month contract working on the potential production of collagen using the Flagellar Type III secretion system. This is a joint project with collaborators in the group of Professor Phil Wright at ChelSi.   Matt comes to us after a distuinguished career to date in various top labs including that of  Prof Tracy Palmer and Dr Matthew Hutchings both at UEA.  You can find out more about Matt at his section of the website.  We look forward to a fruitful spell that hopefully will be extended in due course.

Congratulations Dr Anumba

22nd Jan 2012

We must extend a large congratulations to Dr Dilly Anumba, a new collaborator of the lab, who has just been awarded a large MRC grant in the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DFPS) entitled: Assessing the Risk of Spontaneous Premature Birth by Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy of the Cervix. Dr Anumba will lead a team looking at  developing a device to enable testing of the impedance of the cervix wall in women at risk of premature birth.


Read more: Congratulations Dr Anumba

Beta-hexosaminidase paper accepted

20th Jan, 2012

Good news for the start of the year with the acceptance of our paper on the role of beta-hexosaminidase activity in the formation of biofilms on glycoprotein surfaces in FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology.


Read more: Beta-hexosaminidase paper accepted