Research under the Chemistry of Life Processes theme applies state of the art technologies.

Our research is focused in areas such as biophysical chemistry, theoretical simulation, protein engineering and genetic programming to understand a wide range of biological processes and to develop synthetic biology approaches towards novel applications of biological systems.


Systems under study include:

  • the roles of metals in life

  • nitrogen cycle enzymes

  • multiheme cytochromes

  • membrane transporters

  • protein-protein interactions

  • unnatural amino acids

  • natural products and carbohydrates


We link with other microbial biochemists in the School of Biological Sciences via the Centre for Molecular and Structural Biochemistry (CMSB), a multidisciplinary biomolecular research centre bringing together scientists working at the interface between biology and chemistry to tackle important biological problems.


Chemistry of Life Processes Research Group