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Institute of Health Sciences Education - Barts and The London

Dr Mark Roberts


Lecturer in Biochemistry, Academic Lead for E-Learning

Telephone: +44 20 7882 7224
Room Number: 2.10 Garrod Building, Turner Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AD


Mark's research interests lie in the area of microbial signalling and cell biology. In particular, his research currently focuses on understanding cell biology of the dental pathogen /Porphyromonas gingivalis /and how this relates to disease processes and biofilm formation. Mark also has research interests in the field of Synthetic Biology, developing novel genetic tools both in /P. gingivalis/and other species.


As a STEM Ambassador Mark takes an active role in promoting molecular bioscience to school children and the wider world. As part of this Mark plays an active role in activities run by the Centre of the Cell, Queen Mary’s interactive science centre (

Mark is also a member of the Biochemical Societies education committee ( He is also a member of the FEBS Science & Society committee.



Jonsson, A. L., Roberts, M. A. J., Kiappes, J. L., & Scott, K. A. (2017). Essential chemistry for biochemists. Essays In Biochemistry, 61(4), 401-427. doi:10.1042/EBC20160094

Chiu, S. -W., Roberts, M. A. J., Leake, M. C., & Armitage, J. P. (2013). Positioning of chemosensory proteins and FtsZ through the Rhodobacter sphaeroides cell cycle.. Mol Microbiol, 90(2), 322-337. doi:10.1111/mmi.12366

Roberts, M. A. J., Cranenburgh, R. M., Stevens, M. P., & Oyston, P. C. F. (2013). Synthetic biology: biology by design.. Microbiology, 159(Pt 7), 1219-1220. doi:10.1099/mic.0.069724-0

Obara, B., Roberts, M. A. J., Armitage, J. P., & Grau, V. (2013). Bacterial cell identification in differential interference contrast microscopy images.. BMC Bioinformatics, 14, 134. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-134

Roberts, M. A. J., Wadhams, G. H., Hadfield, K. A., Tickner, S., & Armitage, J. P. (2012). ParA-like protein uses nonspecific chromosomal DNA binding to partition protein complexes.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109(17), 6698-6703. doi:10.1073/pnas.1114000109

Hamadeh, A., Roberts, M. A. J., August, E., McSharry, P. E., Maini, P. K., Armitage, J. P., & Papachristodoulou, A. (2011). Feedback control architecture and the bacterial chemotaxis network.. PLoS Comput Biol, 7(5), e1001130. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1001130

Roberts, M. A. J., Papachristodoulou, A., & Armitage, J. P. (2010). Adaptation and control circuits in bacterial chemotaxis.. Biochem Soc Trans, 38(5), 1265-1269. doi:10.1042/BST0381265

Roberts, M. A. J., August, E., Hamadeh, A., Maini, P. K., McSharry, P. E., Armitage, J. P., & Papachristodoulou, A. (2009). A model invalidation-based approach for elucidating biological signalling pathways, applied to the chemotaxis pathway in R. sphaeroides.. BMC Syst Biol, 3, 105. doi:10.1186/1752-0509-3-105

Porter, S. L., Roberts, M. A. J., Manning, C. S., & Armitage, J. P. (2008). A bifunctional kinase-phosphatase in bacterial chemotaxis.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105(47), 18531-18536. doi:10.1073/pnas.0808010105

Martin, A. C., Gould, M., Byles, E., Roberts, M. A. J., & Armitage, J. P. (2006). Two chemosensory operons of Rhodobacter sphaeroides are regulated independently by sigma 28 and sigma 54.. J Bacteriol, 188(22), 7932-7940. doi:10.1128/JB.00964-06