The transition from 2D to 3D
Through a long-running collaboration with Prof. Nicola Stanley-Wall at the University of Dundee, we study the structure of Bacillus subtilis biofilms, from the molecular to the macroscopic.
Why do Biofilms matter?
Microbial biofilms are everywhere, and impact all aspects of our day-to-day life
Building a biofilm
An animation showing how to build a microbial biofilm "raincoat".
Protein Structure and Function
When protein folding goes wrong
My research interests focus on the behaviour of proteins: the molecules that are responsible for the vast majority of functions in living organisms. The controlled self-assembly of proteins into well-defined structures and functional assemblies is essential to our well-being, however occasionally protein self-assembly takes place inappropriately. When this happens in the body it typically causes disease, and familial diseases as well as diseases of ageing (such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, cataract and type II diabetes) are all recognised to be the result of improper protein self-assembly.
Impact and Engagement