Academic staff in the School of Biosciences 

Head of School

Professor Steve Busby

Professor Steve Busby

Professor of Biochemistry
Head of School

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.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45402

Email s.j.w.busby@bham.ac.uk

Academic staff

Cosmas Achikanu

Cosmas Achikanu

PhD Title: PhD in Biosciences

Supervisors: Dr Steve Publicover

I am looking at the behaviour of sperm motility in the process of fertilization.

Email cosnorah@yahoo.com

Dr Luke Alderwick

Dr Luke Alderwick

Lecturer
Director of the Birmingham Drug Discovery Facility

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. ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45472

Email l.alderwick@bham.ac.uk

Rana Almuhur

PhD Title: The role of histones in chromatin structure and global chromosome dynamics

Supervisors: Dr Eugenio Sanchez-Moran and Professor Chris Franklin

My PhD Project research is about the different role of histone proteins within chromatin context.

Email raa076@bham.ac.uk

Adil Almuntafeky

Adil Almuntafeky

PhD Title: Changes in receptor tyrosine kinase trafficking in metastatic carcinoma cells

Supervisors: Dr Carina Hellberg (1st Supervisor)and Dr Neil Hotchin (2nd Supervisor)

The importance of NHERF1, NHERF2 and PKC in phosphorylation of PDGF receptor.

Email axa305@bham.ac.uk

Yusra Alsammarraie

Yusra Alsammarraie

PhD Title: Expanding the potential of mutasynthetic approaches for pseudomonic acids

Supervisors: Professor Chris M Thomas (Supervisor) and Dr Anthony S Haines (co-supervisor)

The key aim of the project is to investigate solutions to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. One approach is to understand how Mupirocin and Thiomarinol are ...

Email yxa136@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sue Armstrong

Dr Sue Armstrong

Senior Lecturer

My interests are focused on genome evolution and meiosis in both model plants and crops. In 1995 I setup a molecular cytogenetics laboratory with my colleague Paul Fransz (now at University of Amsterdam) and with advice from our colleague Gareth Jones. In the last 15 years we have trained many European colleagues and last year we were awarded a European collaborative project to investigate ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 46485

Email s.j.armstrong@bham.ac.uk

Maria Tahir Azam

Maria Tahir Azam

PhD Title: Structure and Function of GPCRs

Supervisors: Professor Mark Wheatley, Dr Josh Rappaport

Studying β-arrestin mediated desensitization/internalisation pathways of GPCRs by utilization of Bimolecular fluorescence complementation assay (BiFC).

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3506

Email mta297@bham.ac.uk