Our staff

The Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham houses the largest group of microbiologists in the UK.

Established in late 2012, this cross-college venture has brought researchers together in the heart of campus. Currently, there are 50 independent principal investigators studying various aspects of bacteriology and eukaryotic microbiology. Members of the IMI are predominantly drawn from the School of Biosciences and from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. Additional members include individuals from the Schools of ChemistryChemical Engineering and Mathematics with a research interest in bacteriology or eukaryotic microbiology.

Staff in the Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Dr Luke Alderwick

Dr Luke Alderwick

Lecturer
Director of the Birmingham Drug Discovery Facility

School of Biosciences

In 2010 Dr Luke Alderwick was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology and he is one of the youngest members of academic staff in the School of Biosciences. His many research interests revolve around understanding the biochemistry and molecular genetics of cell wall assembly in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is the causative bacterial agent of TB infections. In ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45472
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l.alderwick@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gurdyal Besra

Professor Gurdyal Besra

Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry

School of Biosciences

Professor Besra heads a world-leading multidisciplinary team investigating key aspects of the microbial physiology of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell wall and the potential role of iNKT/CD1d therapeutics. He has been awarded and successfully managed over 35 research grants valued at over £11 million from The Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council ...

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+44 (0)121 41 58125
Email
g.besra@bham.ac.uk

Dr Apoorva Bhatt

Dr Apoorva Bhatt

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
Program Leader- MSc Microbiology and Infection

School of Biosciences

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr. Bhatt is a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biosciences. A prestigious Fellowship- a Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council-enabled him to set up his research group at the University of Birmingham in 2006. Dr.Bhatt’s research interests include studying pathogenic mycobacteria and how they cause disease, with a particular focus on Mycobacterium ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45893
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a.bhatt@bham.ac.uk

Dr Saverio Brogna

Dr Saverio Brogna

Senior Lecturer in RNA biology
Group Leader

School of Biosciences

I am a Lecturer in RNA biology. My group's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that connect pre-mRNA processing with translation and Nonsense Mediated mRNA Decay (NMD). A second interest of the laboratory is understanding the functions of ribosomes and ribosomal preoteins within the nucleus.

Lab page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brognalab/646045552079820

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+44 (0)121 41 45569
Email
s.brogna@bham.ac.uk

Professor Steve Busby

Professor Steve Busby

Professor of Biochemistry

School of Biosciences

Research in Steve Busby’s lab is concerned with understanding the molecular mechanisms that control gene expression in bacteria, with particular attention to studying the regulation of transcription initiation in Escherichia coli. Much of the recent work has focussed on the expression of virulence determinants in pathogenic strains.

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+44 (0)121 414 5439
Email
s.j.w.busby@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jonathan A G Cox

Dr Jonathan A G Cox

Tres Cantos Open Lab Foundation (TCOLF) Research Fellow

School of Biosciences

Dr. Cox’s research is focused on the early stages of the tuberculosis (TB) drug discovery pipeline. This primarily involves the discovery of novel inhibitors of the causative agent of TB, Mycobacterium tuberculosis,by high-throughput strategies and subsequent identification and validation of the mode of action of these inhibitors by a number of different microbiological, biochemical and ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8123
Email
j.a.g.cox@bham.ac.uk

Professor Adam Cunningham

Professor Adam Cunningham

Professor of Functional Immunity

School of Immunity and Infection

Adam Cunningham is a researcher based in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ School of Immunity and Infection. In addition he is part of the vaccinology and immunomodulation theme in the newly formed cross-College Institute of Microbiology and Infection and a member of the well established MRC Centre for Immune Regulation.

Adam’s research primarily focuses on the how immune ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4068
Email
a.f.cunningham@bham.ac.uk

Professor Tim Dafforn

Professor Tim Dafforn

Professor of Biotechnology

School of Biosciences

60 second video icon  Professor Tim Dafforn has established himself as an expert in biophysical spectroscopy with a keen interest in synthetic biology. Professor Dafforn has developed a number of projects from inception through to commercial realization and is currently the director of knowledge transfer for the college of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

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0121 414 5881
Email
t.r.dafforn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Francisco Fernandez-Trillo

Dr Francisco Fernandez-Trillo

John Evans Fellow in Nanotechnology
Co-Lead of Chemistry for Healthcare Technologies Theme

School of Chemistry

Francisco Fernandez-Trillo (Paco) is a Birmingham Fellow working on the development of novel polymeric materials that can find applications at the Chemistry Biology-Interface, with a special focus in the development of novel antimicrobials.

With a background in Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Paco’s expertise spans across several disciplines including Natural Product Synthesis, Materials ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 3155
Email
f.fernandez-trillo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Klaus Fütterer

Dr Klaus Fütterer

Reader in Structural Biology
Deputy Head of School of Biosciences

School of Biosciences

Dr Klaus Fütterer is a structural biologist whose research focuses on cell wall synthesis in the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Telephone
0121 414 5895
Email
k.futterer@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kostas Gkatzionis

Dr Kostas Gkatzionis

Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering

Dr Kostas Gkatzionis is Lecturer in Food Microbiology. He has benefited from being exposed to a number of different industries, universities and cultural environments throughout his career. His teaching and research take a multidisciplinary approach.

He is involved in teaching at both undergraduate and post graduate level, through lectures, laboratory practicals and direct student ...

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+44 (0) 121 415 8329
Email
k.gkatzionis@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Grainger

Dr David Grainger

Reader in Molecular Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Dr Grainger is an expert in the field of bacterial chromosome biology. He relocated his laboratory to the University of Birmingham in March 2011 having previously established a successful research group at the University of Warwick. He is a life-long supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and attributes his capacity to cope with the frequent disappointments that befall a research scientist to ...

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+44 (0)121 414 5437
Email
d.grainger@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rhys Grinter

Dr Rhys Grinter

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow

Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Dr Grinter started his scientific career with an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He then embarked on an extensive period of travel and exploration spending time in numerous countries, including Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Laos. In 2010 Rhys commenced a PhD at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Dr Daniel Walker. During this ...

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+61 403 896 767
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r.w.grinter@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca A Hall

Dr Rebecca A Hall

MRC CDA Fellow

School of Biosciences

Rebecca joined the University of Birmingham as a fellow in March 2014, and is supported by an independent MRC Career Development Award. With expertise in fungal molecular biology, host-pathogen interactions and environmental sensing, Rebecca is interested in researching what she terms fungal neighbourhood watch. Rebecca has worked on a variety of organisms, investigating how they orchestrate ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45581
Email
r.a.hall@bham.ac.uk

Professor Peter Hawkey

Professor Peter Hawkey

Professor of Clinical and Public Health Bacteriology
Honorary Consultant

Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Peter has published over 250 research papers in the areas of molecular evolution and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, Clostridium difficile, tuberculosis faecal microbiota transplantation and molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and advisory boards on these topic areas. Peter has edited two widely used clinical microbiology post ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3113/+44 (0)121 424 1240
Email
p.m.hawkey@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ian Henderson

Professor of Microbial Biology
Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Ian Henderson is Professor of Microbial Biology and Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham which has 50 Principal Investigators and over 200 staff and students. 

Ian has published over 100 articles in the fields of bacteriology, biochemistry and infection immunology. He has received several major grants including from the Medical ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4368
Email
i.r.henderson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Damon Huber

Dr Damon Huber

Birmingham Fellow

School of Biosciences

Damon Huber is interested in using a combination of biochemistry and molecular genetics to address complex biological problems in bacteria. The research in his lab is focused on the transport of proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec machinery in bacteria, protein folding, and the connection between folding and transport. Damon is a Birmingham Fellow who joined the Institute of ...

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d.huber@bham.ac.uk

Dr Eva Hyde

Dr Eva Hyde

Senior lecturer

School of Biosciences

Eva Hyde's research interests are how proteins recognise their appropriate ligands; this includes the recognition of substrates by enzymes and the binding of proteins to their cognate operator DNA and to other proteins. She has extensive experience in NMR spectroscopy and complementary biophysical techniques, such as fluorescence and circular dichroism, and, more recently, in small angle X-ray ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45393
Email
e.i.hyde@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sara Jabbari

Dr Sara Jabbari

Birmingham Fellow

School of Mathematics

Sara Jabbari is a Birmingham Fellow in mathematical biology. Specialising in the modelling of gene regulation networks using both numerical and analytical approaches, her work spans a range of biological applications, from drug development to bioenergy to understanding bacterial behaviour. Her MRC fellowship has afforded her the opportunity to gain experimental training in order to generate the ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 6196
Email
s.jabbari@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nick Jones

Dr Nick Jones

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Nick has a longstanding interest in dissecting the immune response to transplanted organs with a view to manipulating regulatory immune cell subsets and targeting T cell costimulatory molecules to facilitate the induction of tolerance and graft acceptance. He has published his work on the immunobiology of rejection and tolerance to foreign organ transplants in both transplant-related and general ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3923
Email
n.d.jones@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tim Knowles

Dr Tim Knowles

Lecturer in Biophysics

School of Biosciences

Tim Knowles joined the School of Biology at the University of Birmingham in November 2015 as a lecturer. Dr Knowles is a structural biologist with a strong track record in membrane protein research using techniques including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Neutron Scattering, and is currently setting up an independent research group at Birmingham.

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+44 (0)121 414 45881/+44 (0)121 414 44333
Email
t.j.knowles@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anne Marie Krachler

Dr Anne Marie Krachler

Birmingham Fellow

School of Biosciences

Anne Marie Krachler - Research in 60 seconds videoAnne-Marie Krachler joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow and EMBO Fellow in 2012 and is based at the Institute of Microbiology and Infection within the School of Biosciences. Her lab studies interactions between bacterial pathogens and their host and how this knowledge can be used to fight bacterial infections and gain novel insight into eukaryotic signaling mechanisms.
...

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+44 (0) 121 414 7417
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a.krachler@bham.ac.uk

David Lee

David Lee

Teaching and Research Fellow

School of Biosciences

Dr Lee’s research focuses on the regulation of gene expression in bacteria, with particular interest in understanding how the organized bacterial chromosome impacts on, and is impacted by, transcription events. In addition, he is interested in how horizontally acquired genes, particularly transcription factors, impact upon gene expression.

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+44 (0)121 414 5923
Email
d.lee@bham.ac.uk

Dr Julia Lodge

Dr Julia Lodge

Senior lecturer

School of Biosciences

As Head of the Biological Sciences Programmes I am responsible for the overall shape of the degree programme. I am also the Masters Programmes coordinator for the School of Biosciences.

My main academic interests are in Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology. I teach microbiology, focusing on bacteria and their role in human health and disease.

One of my other interests is in innovative ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45482
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j.m.lodge@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nick Loman

Dr Nick Loman

MRC Research Fellow

School of Biosciences

Nick works as an Independent Research Fellow in the Institute for Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham, sponsored by a seven-year MRC Fellowship in Microbial Genomics Bioinformatics. His research explores the use of cutting-edge genomics and metagenomics approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of infectious disease. Nick has so far used high-throughput ...

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+44 (0)121 4145564
Email
n.j.loman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Lovering

Dr Andrew Lovering

Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences

I am a recently appointed lecturer and my research interests involve utilising structural biology (and related techniques) to investigate protein function – many of these projects involve the unusual predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio; see “Research” below and be enthused!

Here is a link to a presentation at an EMBO meeting discussing our general research area: www.youtube.com/wat ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45419
Email
a.lovering@bham.ac.uk

Dr Pete Lund

Dr Pete Lund

Reader in Molecular Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Research in our group focusses on stress responses, using prokaryotes as model systems, and using a range of appropriate methods to understand both the mechanistic details and the adaptive significance of different aspects of organismal responses to stress.  We have specific interests in molecular chaperones and in acid stress responses, and also a more general interest in methods that can ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45583/+44 (0)121 41 45925
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p.a.lund@bham.ac.uk

Professor Lynne Macaskie

Professor Lynne Macaskie

Professor of Applied Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Lynne Macaskie has been working for more than 25 years on applications of microorganisms in various areas of Biotechnology for the Environment. Her interests range from bioremediation of xenobiotics and heavy metals through to nuclear waste treatment and biomineral encapsulation and barrier agents for this.

Over the last 15 years she has moved into hydrogen biotechnology fuel cells for clean power ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45889
Email
l.e.macaskie@bham.ac.uk

Professor Robin May

Professor Robin May

Lister Fellow & Professor of Infectious Disease

School of Biosciences

I am Professor of Infectious Disease and Lister Fellow in the School of Biosciences. My research centres on human infectious diseases, with a particular focus on the molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions.

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+44 (0)121 41 45418
Email
r.c.may@bham.ac.uk

Professor David E Minnikin

Professor David E Minnikin

Emeritus Professor of Microbial Chemistry

School of Biosciences


Professor David Minnikin is an expert on the chemistry of the lipids of mycobacteria, particularly those of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. He was the originator of the definitive model of the mycobacterial cell envelope and showed that constituent long-chain mycolic acids fold specifically to form the basis of a characteristic outer membrane. He has shown that it is ...

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0121 415 8126
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d.e.minnikin@bham.ac.uk

Professor Tim Mitchell

Professor Tim Mitchell

Professor of Microbial Infection and Immunity
Joint Microbiology Theme Lead SRMRC

Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Tim Mitchell is Professor of Microbial Infection and Immunity in the Institute of Microbiology and Infection.

Tim has published over 200 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of microbial pathogenesis and immunity. He has received major grants from Wellcome Trust, European Union, Medical Research Council and PATH. He has good links with industry ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6779
Email
t.j.mitchell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tim Overton

Dr Tim Overton

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering

Dr Tim Overton is a biochemist and molecular microbiologist who is interested in applying molecular biology and single-cell techniques to understand and develop bioprocesses. He is active in microbial flow cytometry research and collaborates widely with bioprocess engineers, molecular microbiologists, cell biologists and environmental microbiologists to develop new methods of answering ...

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(+44) (0) 121 414 5306
Email
t.w.overton@bham.ac.uk

Professor Laura Piddock

Professor Laura Piddock

Professor of Microbiology
Deputy Director, Institute of Microbiology and Infection
BSAC Chair in Public Engagement

Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Laura Piddock is Professor of Microbiology. Since she started her PhD in 1982, she has been at the forefront of antimicrobial research. Laura started her career in a clinical environment and has successfully integrated this background with academic research. She has published 167 original articles in international peer reviewed journals, 51 invited review articles, 21 research letters, 140 ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6966
Email
l.j.v.piddock@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthias Soller

Dr Matthias Soller

Lecturer

School of Biosciences

My prime research interest is how the information encoded in chromosomes instructs building of the most complex organ, the brain, and allows an organism to perform elaborate tasks.

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+44 (0)121 41 45905
Email
m.soller@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Thomas

Professor Chris Thomas

Professor of Molecular Genetics

School of Biosciences

Chris Thomas - Research in 60 seconds videoProfessor Thomas joined the University of Birmingham in 1980 as a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics and has been Professor of Molecular Genetics since 1991. He is an internationally recognised authority on bacterial plasmid and mobile DNA and within the university has championed Biotechnology. He was also a founder of the successful Medici Programme that encourages development of ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45903
Email
c.m.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kerstin Voelz

Dr Kerstin Voelz

Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology

School of Biosciences

Dr Voelz is a lecturer in eukaryotic microbiology with a research interest in host-pathogen interactions. She investigates how fungal pathogens circumvent and hijack innate immune responses to establish disease using a zebrafish larval model. In particular she aims to decode how fungi initiate spore germination, why the immune system sometimes fails to inhibit this process and how this can be ...

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+44 (0)121 414 5561
Email
k.voelz@bham.ac.uk

Professor Steve P. Watson

Professor Steve P. Watson

BHF Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences and Cellular Pharmacology
Deputy Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (Non-clinical)

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Steve Watson is a British Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Sciences and Cellular Pharmacology.

Steve is head of the Birmingham Platelet Group. The group undertakes a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of platelet function in health and disease with a special focus on platelet receptors and their signalling pathways. The work includes translational studies in ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 6514
Email
s.p.watson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Mark Alexander Webber

Dr Mark Alexander Webber

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Microbiology and Infection

Dr Mark Webber's research is focused on antimicrobial action and resistance with specific interests in bacterial evolution in response to stress, mechanisms of biofilm formation and transferrable resistance as well as numerous other areas of study related to infection. Mark co-heads the Antimicrobials Research Group with Professor Laura Piddock.

www.antimicrobialagentsresearchgroup.com

Mark has ...

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+44 (0)121 414 2859
Email
m.a.webber@bham.ac.uk

Dr Scott White

Dr Scott White

Reader in Structural Biology

School of Biosciences

Dr Scott White is an experienced structural biologist speciallising in the application of x-ray crystallography to the structure and function of enzymes and their substrate, inhibitor or drug-bound complexes. He is also a Welfare Tutor and the Mitigations Officer for the School of Biosciences. He is the coordinator of the UK Midland's Block Allocation Group (BAG) for the European Synchrotron ...

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+44 (0)121 41 47534
Email
s.a.white@bham.ac.uk

Dr Peter Winn

Dr Peter Winn

Lecturer

School of Biosciences

 

Dr Winn specialises in molecular modelling of biomolecules, including structural bioinformatics and anlysis of protein amino-acid sequences. His interest is at the interface of protein evolution and function, and how these are related to biological organisation. As well as trying to gain general insight into the rules that govern bio-molecules,  of particular interest at this time are ...

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+44 (0)121 41 48852
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p.j.winn@bham.ac.uk