Research

 

Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement NMR: Troponin Dynamics & Disease

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We use paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE)-NMR spectroscopy  to describe not only structure, but also dynamics of ensemble states of the cardiac Troponin complex.  PRE-NMR requires the placement of spin labels in the protein backbone which then allows us to measure long range distances between the spin label and amide groups up to ~25 Å.


Nanodiamonds: New Biolabels for Tracking & Imaging in vivo

Colour centres in nanodiamonds have many properties such as chemical and physical stability, biocompatibility, straightforward surface functionalisation as well as bright and stable photoluminescence, which make them attractive for biological applications. We are developing methods to process detonation nanodiamonds to use for the imaging and tracking of targeted biomolecules in complex biological systems.


Synthetic Biology – production of biohydrogen

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We are engineering bacteria to efficiently and rapidly convert sugars from various renewable sources into hydrogen gas. Hydrogen gas is a clean and efficient energy carrier that can be used as a fuel to produce electricity in hydrogen fuel cells as well as other energy applications. This project aims to provide a system for the cost effective and relatively rapid production of hydrogen from carbohydrate sources. This is a sustainable system of hydrogen production with no net impact on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.


The CLIC Ion channel family : Structural gymnastics

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Chloride intracellular channel proteins (CLICs) differ from most ion channels as they can exist in both soluble and integral membrane forms. The CLICs are expressed as soluble proteins but can reversibly autoinsert into the membrane to form active ion channels.


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