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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dr Brendan Curran


Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3013
Room Number: Room 5.14, Fogg building

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Molecular Genetics (BIO163)
  • Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIO190)
  • Practical Biology (BIO192)
  • Practical Biochemistry (BIO198)
  • Research Methods and Communication (Tutorial) (BIO209)
  • Transmission Genetics (BIO241)
  • Chromosomes and Gene Functions (BMD111)
  • Research Methods and Communication II (Tutorials) (BIO309)
  • Functional Genomics and Epigenetics (BIO327)
  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences (BIO603)


Research Interests:

Yeast biotechnology

With over 25 years of research experience in studying yeast, a model eukaryotic organism, my current research is focused on the molecular physiology of the yeast Heat Shock Response (HSR).

Heat stress induces a subset of genes that encode protective proteins whenever living cells are exposed to a sub-lethal temperature shock. In 1994 we demonstrated that lipids play a vital role in how cells detect stress thereby successfully challenging the accepted paradigm that heat directly induced proteins to unfold - the latter then triggering the response.

We have published a series of papers since then which demonstrate that lipids are also key players in conferring cross-tolerance between different types of stressing agents. More recently my group has concentrated on the role of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in the HSR and we have published a number of papers implicating ROS as central to the cellular HS response mechanism. We have recently shown that lipids protect anaerobically-grown cells from HS-induced ROS thus relating lipids, ROS and the HSR.