School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Research

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s elite research centres, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK-wide assessment of university research.

87% of our School’s chemistry research outputs are rated as either world-leading (4-star) or internationally excellent (3-star). For biology research, this figure is 82%.

We are home to an active and multi-disciplinary research programme. Our research staff are engaged in a wide range of projects across the broad sweep of biological, chemical and psychological sciences. Much of this work is made possible by our in-house analytical services and core facilities. Research activity is also supported by a range of collaborative research centres. Our research activity is split into four departments.

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Research Themes

Within our four departments there are groups of researchers focused on more specific themes, each group has an internationally renowned research output.

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Funding

Our funding comes from a variety of research councils and institutions including the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC), European Research Council (ERC), The Royal Society, The Leverhulme Trust and Medical Research Council.

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NamePositionhide DepartmentDepartmenthide Research groupResearch groupInterests
Abrahams, Dr Isaac Senior Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry Functional Materials and Nanoscience Functional Materials and Nanoscience Solid State Structural Chemistry, Ionically Conducting Solids, BIMEVOX
Aksentijevic, Dr Dunja Lecturer in Physiology/Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology

Cardiac metabolism in health and disease, Role of inflammation in cardiac metabolic remodelling, Mitochondrial biology, Cardiac energetics 

Arseniyadis, Dr Stellios Reader in Organic Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Synthesis and Catalysis Synthesis and Catalysis Asymmetric catalysis - Bio-hybrid catalysis - C-H activation - Synthetic methodology development - Natural product synthesis
Barros, Dr Mario Dos Reis Lecturer Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Computational biology, Evolution, Molecular evolution, Phylogenetics, Population genetics
Bessant, Prof. Conrad Professor of Bioinformatics Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Software Development, Data Integration
Beyer, Dr Frederike Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Perception and Decision Making Perception and Decision Making

Cognitive neuroscience, Social cognition, Sense of agency, Emotional reactivity 

Bray, Dr Christopher

Senior Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry Synthesis and Catalysis Synthesis and Catalysis Organic Chemistry, Total Synthesis, Synthetic Methodology
Brennan, Dr Caroline Reader in Molecular Genetics Psychology Psychology Comparative Psychology

Comparative Psychology

Genetics and Psychiatric Disease, Biology and Motivated Behaviours, Cognition, Attention
Buggs, Dr Richard Professor of Evolutionary Genomics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Tree, Genomics, Ash Dieback, Evolution, Ecology, Genetics
Cambeiro, Dr Xacobe Lecturer in Organic Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Synthesis and Catalysis Synthesis and Catalysis Sustainable chemistry, Photoredox, Iron, reductive couplings, Base metal catalysis
Caudron, Dr Fabrice Lecturer in Microbiology Biochemistry Biochemistry Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Asymmetric cell division, Mnemon/prion, protein aggregation, Cellular memory, Yeast genetics
Chass, Dr Gregory Reader in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry
Chittka, Prof Lars Professor of Sensory and Behavioural Ecology Psychology Psychology Perception and Decision Making Perception and Decision Making Sensory Systems, Comparative Cognition, Insect Learning and Memory, Animal Navigation
Clare, Dr Elizabeth Senior Lecturer Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Ecological Genomics, Molecular Food Webs, Bats, Mammals, Systematics, Species Interactions
Clayton, Prof David Professor of Neuroscience Psychology Psychology Comparative Psychology Comparative Psychology Behavioural Genomics, Comparative Cognition, Vocal Communication, Learning and Memory
Clyne, Dr Rosemary Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences Biology   (no group)   Biomedical Science, Cell Division, Cell Cycle, Genetics, Enzymes
Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel Lecturer in Computational Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Computational Chemistry, Excited States, Photochemistry, Non-adiabatic Dynamics

Curran, Dr Brendan

Senior Lecturer Biology Biology (no group)   Eukaryotes, Heat Shock Response, Reactive Oxygen Species
Darbari, Dr Vidya Lecturer in Structural Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology  X-ray, Crystallography, Electron microscopy, Protein-protein interaction, Ribonucleoprotein complex, Gene regulation
De Falco, Dr Giulia Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology) Biology Biology (no group)   Viruses, microRNAs, Cancer, Gene Expression
Dennis, Dr Jayne Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science Biology Biology (no group)   Genomics, Cancer, Precision Medicine, Biomedical Science, Gene Expression
Devis, Dr Di Tommaso Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Computational Chemistry, Density Functional Theory, Molecular Dynamics, Polymorphism, Crystal Nucleation
Di Bernardi Luft, Dr Caroline Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Perception and Decision Making Perception and Decision Making Advanced EEG/fMRI methods - Learning - Creativity - Psychophysiology - Transcranial current brain simulation
Draviam-Sastry, Dr Viji Reader (Associate Professor) Biochemistry Biochemistry Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Video Microscopy - Cell division - Cancer Biology - Aneuploidy - Human cell biology   
Duffy, Dr Christopher Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Light-harvesting, Photosynthesis, Computational Biology, Molecular physics, Xanthophylls
Eizaguirre, Dr Christophe Reader Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary Ecology, Fish, Marine Turtles
Elphick, Prof Maurice Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience Biology Biology Invertebrate Neurobiology and Development Invertebrate Neurobiology and Development Physiology, Neuroscience, Evolution, Neuropeptide, Echinoderm, Cannabinoid
Engl, Dr Christoph Lecturer in Microbiology Biochemistry Biochemistry Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Molecular cell biology, Bacterial adaptation, Ribosome function, Bacterial plant-growth promotion, Single-cell & single-molecule imaging
Emery, Dr Nathan Senior Lecturer Psychology Psychology Comparative Psychology Comparative Psychology Animal Cognition, Creativity, Innovative Problem-Solving, Gaze Following

Eyice-Broadbent, Dr Ozge

Lecturer in Molecular Microbial Ecology Biology Biology Molecular Microbial Ecology Molecular Microbial Ecology Microbial ecology - Biogeochemistry - Ecosystem function - Microbial diversity
Faulkes, Dr Chris Reader in Evolutionary Ecology Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics African Mole-rats, Naked Mole-rat, Social Evolution, Comparative Sociogenomics, Rodent Phylogeography, Social suppression of reproduction
Foka, Dr Sevasti Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Work and Organizational Psychology, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Wellbeing
Fornili, Dr Arianna Lecturer in Computational Organic Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Computational Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics, Protein Conformational Changes, Cardiac Muscle, Molecular Modelling
Frantz, Dr Laurent Lecturer in Molecular Genetics/Infomatics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolution, Genetics, Speciation, Domestication
Giordano, Dr Cristina Reader in Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Functional Materials and Nanoscience Functional Materials and Nanoscience Metallic ceramics - Nanostructures - Metal nitrides - Carbides
Hadfield, Dr Kristin Lecturer in Positive Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Wellbeing, Child development, Family processes, Mental health 
Hanke, Dr Guy Senior Lecturer in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Electron transport, Protein-protein interaction, Cell biology,
Synthetic biology
Henry, Dr Lee Senior Lecturer Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Bacterial symbiosis, Insect ecology and evolution, Evolutionary genetics, Molecular evolution, Adaptation, Microbial ecology
Hone, Dr David Senior Lecturer Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Fossils, Paleontology, Ecology, Behaviour, Sexual Selection, Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, Archosaurs, Predator-Prey Interactions, Body Size
Howell, Dr Lesley Senior Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry Synthesis and Catalysis Synthesis and Catalysis Protein-proetin and protein-DNA interactions, GPCRs, Solid-phase peptide synthesis, Organic synthesis
Hurd, Dr Paul Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics Biochemistry Biochemistry Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Epigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Phenotype, Environment
Janes, Dr Bob Senior Lecturer Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Structure-function, Polypeptide Toxins, Bioinformatics, 2struc, PCDDB, SRCD Spectroscopy, Circular Dichroism
Jones, Dr Chris Senior Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry Synthesis and Catalysis Synthesis and Catalysis Organic Synthesis, Methodology, Catalysis, Reactive Intermediates, C-H functionalisation
J Iwan, Dr Jones Head of the River Communities Group Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Freshwater Ecology, Community Structure, Food Webs, Invertabrates, Algae, Plants
Jones, Dr Janelle Lecturer Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Identity, Social Connections, Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Stigma
Keers, Dr Robert Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Psychiatric genetics - Gene-environment interaction - Resilience - Health and Wellbeing - Pharmacogenomics - Personalized medicine
Knell, Dr Rob Reader in Evolutionary Ecology Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Ecology, Evolution, Infectious Disease, Parasite, Immunity, Sexual Selection
Kratina, Dr Pavel Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Aquatic Ecology, Food Webs, Climate Change, Ecosystem Function, Conservation, Evolutionary Ecology
Le Comber, Dr Steven Senior Lecturer Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Computer Models, Evolutionary Ecology, Epidemiology, Geographic profiling, Mathematical models, Spatial patterns
Leitch, Prof. Andrew Professor of Plant Genetics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Polyploidy, Cytogenetics, Plant Genomics, Stoichiogenomics, Nicotiana, Ecology, Evolution

Maconochie, Dr Mark

Reader in Biomedical Sciences Biology Biology (no group)   Genetics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science
Main, Dr Ewan Lecturer Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, Repeat Proteins, Protein Folding
Mareschal, Dr Isabelle Senior Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Perception and Decision Making Perception and Decision Making Gaze, Human Perception, Attention, Social Neuroscience

Martin, Dr Chema

Lecturer in Organismal Biology Biology Biology Invertebrate Neurobiology and Development Invertebrate Neurobiology and Development Evolution, Developmental biology, Marine biology, Invertebrates
Michael, Dr Tony Professor in Reproductive Biology Biology Biology (no group)   Reproduction, Steroid Biochemistry, Endocrine, Cortisol
Mullineaux, Prof Conrad Professor of Microbiology, Head of Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Electron Transport, Cyanobacteria, Fluorescence Imaging, Membrane Dynamics, Bacterial Cell Biology
Nield, Dr Jon Senior Lecturer in Structural Biology, Principal Research Fellow Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Structural Biology, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Computer image-processing, 3D macromolecular modelling, Photosynthesis, Medicine
Nielsen, Dr Christian Academic Fellow Chemistry Chemistry Functional Materials and Nanoscience Functional Materials and Nanoscience Organic electronics, Organic bioelectronics, Semiconducting polymers, Materials chemistry

Nichols, Prof Richard

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Genetics, Evolution, Virology, Genomics

O'Callaghan, Dr Rachel

Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Biomedical Science Biology Biology (no group)   Physiology, Medicine, Biomedical Science
Osman, Dr Magda Reader in Experimental Psychology Psychology Psychology Perception and Decision Making Perception and Decision Making Decision Making, Agency and Control, Unconscious Processes, Parksinson's Disease
Pachol, Dr Anna Lecturer in Maths     (no group)   Quantum gravity, Quantum space-times, Hopf algebroids, noncommunitive geometry
Palacios, Dr Isabel Lecturer in Cell Biology Biochemistry Biochemistry Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks  
Palma, Dr Matteo Reader in Nanoscience Chemistry Chemistry Functional Materials and Nanoscience Functional Materials and Nanoscience Nanotechnology, Single-molecule, Molecular Electronics, Supramolecular, Nanobiotechnology, Materials
Paredes, Dr Ursula

Lecturer in Neurobiology and Genetics

Biology Biology (no group)    
Pettit, Dr Sophie Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Mental health, Psychiatric care, Psychological therapy, Age factors
Pickersgill, Prof Richard Professor of Structural Biology, Head of School Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Structural Biology, Protein Crystallography, Synthetic Biology, Enzymes, Cobalamin, Biosynthesis, Bacterial Microcompartments
Pluess, Dr Michael Professor of Developmental Psychology, Head of Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Environmental Sensitivity, Positive Development, Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Behaviour Genetics
Resmini, Prof Marina Professor of Materials Chemistry, Head of Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Functional Materials and Nanoscience Functional Materials and Nanoscience Biomimetic Systems, Artificial Receptors, Catalysis, Synthesis, Molecular Imprinting
Rossberg, Dr Axel Reader in Theoretical Ecology Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology Aquatic - ecology - Biodiversity - Community structure - Food webs - Conservation - Spatial patterns - Mathematical models
Rossiter, Prof Stephen Professor, Head of Biology Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolution, Ecology, Genomics, Genetics, Mammals, Bats
Ruban, Prof. Alexander Professor in Biophysics Biochemistry Biochemistry Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Microbial Physiology Photosynthesis, Light Harvesting, Light Adaptation Memory, Structural Dynamics, Genetics

Schofield, Dr Gail

Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology Biology Biology Animal and Network Ecology Animal and Network Ecology  
Sheriff, Dr Tippu Senior Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry (no group)   Organic Synthesis, Small Molecule Activation, Catalysis, Novel Manganese Complexes
Stieglitz, Dr Ben Lecturer in Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Ubiquitin - Host-pathogen interaction - Anti-microbial resistance - Structural biology - Enzymology
Stollewerk, Dr Angelika Reader in Evolutionary Developmental Biology Biology Biology Invertebrate Neurobiology and Development Invertebrate Neurobiology and Development Neurobiology, Evolution, Arthropods, Neurogenesis, Neural Precursor Identity
Subramanian, Dr Lakxmi Lecturer in Biochemistry/Physiology Biochemistry Biochemistry Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Centromeres, Chromatin, Chromosome Segregation, Kinetochores, Yeast Genetics
Szulgit, Dr Greg Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Biomedical Science Biology Biology (no group)   Collagen, Mutable collagenous tissues, Echinoderms, Pedagogy, Keloids
Thorpe, Dr Peter Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Yeast genetics, Genomics, Chromosome segregation, Kinetochores
Trimmer, Prof Mark Professor of Biogeochemistry Biology Biology Molecular Microbial Ecology Molecular Microbial Ecology Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Stable Isotopes, Ecosystem Function, Marine, Biochemistry
Versace, Dr Elisabetta Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Comparative Psychology Comparative Psychology Animal Cognition, Comparative Psychology, Artificial Grammar Learning, Lateralisation
Viles, Dr John Reader in Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Structural Biology Structural Biology Protein Misfolding, Neurodegeneration, Alzheimers, Prions, Spectroscopy, Biochemistry
Vlcek, Prof Tony Professor of Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Transition-metal Chemistry, Photophysics, Photochemistry, Time-resolved Spectroscopy, Excited States, Photocatalysis, Solar Fuels, Electron Transfer, Metalloproteins
Vlemincx, Dr Elke Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being Psychophysiology, Respiration, Interoception, Positive emotions, Relaxation, Stress regulation, Emotion regulation, Cognitive flexibility
Wang, Dr Shirley Lecturer in Psychology Psychology Psychology Resilience, Health and Well-being Resilience, Health and Well-being  
Wilkinson, Dr Shane Senior Lecturer Biochemistry Biochemistry Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Chromosome Biology and Cytoskeletal Networks Trypanosoma, Leishmania, Drug Development, Bioreductive Prodrugs, Drug Resistance
Wurm, Dr Yannick Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics Biology Biology Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Ants, Genomics, Evolution, Sociality, Behaviour
Wyatt, Dr Peter Senior Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry Synthesis and Catalysis Synthesis and Catalysis Organic Synthesis, Amino acids, Luminescent Materials
Zalli, Dr Detina Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences (Cell Biology) Biology Biology (no group)   Biomedical science, Cell biology, Biochemistry, Cancer, Bones, Genetics
Zarbakhsh, Dr Ali Senior Lecturer Chemistry Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Physical and Computational Chemistry Interfaces, Surfactants, Membrane Transport, Biosensors, Scattering