Lab members

Here you can find information on everyone currently in the lab. If you're interested, you can check out their individual projects or even email them. If you don't mind waiting for huge images to load we even have a photo gallery of the group and anyone unlucky enough to stray in front of our digital camera.

Dek Woolfson - Group Leader

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history
BA in Chemistry at the University of Oxford (1987), PhD in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge (1991), Post-doctoral research at the Universities of Cambridge, London and Berkeley (USA) (1991 - 1994), Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol (1994 - 1995), Lecturer - Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Sussex (1996 - 2005), Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Bristol from August 2005.

Gail Bartlett- Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Dec 2007
finishes
Jan 2019
funding
University of Bristol
history
PhD in Bioinformatics (2004), University of London; MBiochem (2000), University of Oxford.
research
Structural Bioinformatics of Coiled Coils.

Emily Baker - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Oct 2009
finishes
Oct 2013
funding
EPSRC
research
Designing peptide secondary structures and using these to guide the assembly of hybrid materials.

Caroline Morris - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Oct 2014
finishes
tbc
funding
BBSRC
history
PhD National Institute of Medical Research, London (2015)
research
vSAGE: Self-assembled peptide cages presenting immunogenic peptides and proteins

Kerstin Fauland - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
April 2014
finishes
April 2016
funding
ERC
history
PhD Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of Graz (2013)
research
Design and characterization of pore-forming peptides

James Ross - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
July 2014
finishes
December 2015
funding
Glaxo Smith-Kline
history
PhD Structural, Chemical & Computational Biology, University of Leeds.
research
SAGE nanofoundries

Will Dawson - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
1st July 2014
finishes
30th June 2016
funding
ERC
history
PhD Cardiff University
research
Designing single chain constructs of alpha-helical barrel proteins

Chris Wood - PhD Student

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started
Oct 2012
finishes
Sep 2016
funding
South West Doctoral Training Program (BBSRC)
history
BSc (Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Glasgow (June 2012)
research
The design and characterisation of novel protein folds and the development of software to aid the design process

Joe Beesley - PhD Student

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started
September 2013
finishes
June 2017
funding
BBSRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership
history
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Bristol
research
SAGE: Self-assembled peptide cages for delivering small-molecule and protein cargoes into cells

Harriet Reid - PhD Student

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started
February 2014
finishes
February 2018
funding
ERC
history
BSc Chemistry, University of Bristol
research
Design and Characterisation of SAGEs

Georgia Malcolm - PhD Student

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started
Oct 2013
finishes
September 2018
funding
EPSRC Synthesis CDT
history
MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Bristol
research
Functional Nanomaterials Based on Antiparallel Coiled Coils

Guto Rhys - PhD Student

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started
September 2013
finishes
March 2018
funding
Chemical Synthesis DTC (EPSRC)
history
MSci Chemistry with a Year in Industry, Imperial College London (2012)
research
Protein Design and Functionalizing Coiled-Coil Peptide Assemblies to Generate De Novo Catalytic Peptides

Previous members

These are the people who've made the lab what it is today, and have since gone on to other things. If you happen to be one of these wonderful beings, let me know if you'd like to update your details!

Jordan Fletcher - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Oct 2009
finishes
Mar 2017
funding
EPSRC
research
Design of peptide matrices.

Jack Heal - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
April 2014
finishes
April 2016
funding
ERC
history
PhD Mathematical Biology & Biophysical Chemistry, University of Warwick.
research
Mathematical descriptions and design of large alpha-helical coiled coil assemblies.

Ai Niitsu - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Aug 2012
finishes
Aug 2015
funding
BBSRC
history
PhD in Chemistry, University of Tokyo (2012)
research
Rational design and characterization of peptide-based ion channels in lipid bilayers

Drew Thomson - Research officer

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started
Apr 2008
finishes
Aug 2016
funding
University of Bristol
history
Postdoc Edinburgh (2006-7), PhD in Organic Chemistry Edinburgh (2006) MChem Edinburgh 2002.
research
Peptide synthesis including designed coiled-coil building blocks and novel versions of natural peptide folding motifs.

Antony Burton - PhD Student

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started
Jun 2012
finishes
Oct 2015
funding
Chemical Synthesis DTC (EPSRC)
history
MChem Chemistry at the University of Bath (June 2011)
research
Catalysis within de novo designed peptide assemblies

Kieran Hudson - PhD Student

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started
Jun 2012
finishes
Oct 2015
funding
Chemical Synthesis Doctoral Training Program (EPSRC)
history
MChem in Chemistry, Keble College, University of Oxford (2011)
research
Modifiable scaffolds for tissue engineering; carbohydrate-based interactions

Natasha Burgess - PhD Student

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started
Jun 2012
finishes
Sep 2015
funding
Functional Nanomaterials Doctoral Training Program (EPSRC)
history
MSci in Chemistry, University of Bristol (June 2011)
research
Rational design of peptide-based functional materials

Alexandra Wasmuth - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Sep 2012
finishes
Apr 2014
funding
BBSRC
history
PhD in Biochemistry, Münster (2012)
research
Creating alpha-helical tissue engineering scaffolds with different rheological properties

Nazia Mehrban - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Jan 2011
finishes
Jan 2014
funding
BBSRC
history
PhD in Chemical Engineering (2011) from the University of Birmingham
research
Developing an α-helical tissue engineering scaffold

Efrosini Moutevelis - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Jan 2006
finished
Jan 2009
funding
BBSRC
history
Masters in Biotechnology at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece; PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester, UK.
research
Structural Classification of coiled coils, Prediction of coiled-coil oligomeric state.

Eleanor Banwell - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Jun 2003
finished
Jun 2008
funding
BBSRC
history
PhD, Bristol University, BSc Hons Biology with Biomedicine at Lancaster.
research
Engineering stability into a nano-to-meso scale self-assembling peptide system for 3D tissue culture.

Maxim Ryadnov - University Research Fellow

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history
MSc with distinction Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Puschino University and PhD Chemistry at Moscow University. Both done at the Institute of Protein Research.
research
Molecular engineering and design.

David Papapostolou - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
May 2004
finished
Oct 2007
funding
BBSRC
history
BSc Hons Biochemistry at University Paris VI, MSc Biochemistry and Enzymology at University Paris VI, PhD Biochemistry and Enzymology at University Paris VII.
research
High-resolution structure modelling and design of peptide based supramolecular assemblies.

Christopher Gribbon - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Mar 2005
finished
Aug 2007
funding
BBSRC
history
BSc Hons Cell Biology at University of Glasgow, PhD Biochemistry at University of Dundee, Post-Doctoral post in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at University of Dundee.
research
Self-assembling peptide scaffolds for use in tissue engineering and 3D cell culture.

Eleanora Cerasoli - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Jan 2003
finished
Jan 2006
funding
BBSRC
history
Chemistry - University of La Sapienza (Rome) PhD Biochemistry - University of Glasgow.
research
Molecular Switching.

Steve Acquah - PhD Student

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started
Oct 2002
finished
Oct 2005
funding
EPSRC
history
MChem Chemistry - Sussex University.
research
Protein Nanotubes.

Marryat Stevens - PhD Student

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started
Oct 2001
finished
Oct 2005
funding
BBSRC
history
BSc Biochemistry - Sussex University.
research
Self-assembling peptide fibres.

Neil Herbert - PhD Student

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started
Oct 2001
finished
Oct 2004
funding
BBSRC
history
BSc Biochemistry UCL, Msc Sussex University (2000).
research
Functional selection on NCS.

Rhys Stoneman - PhD Student

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started
Oct 2001
finished
Oct 2004
funding
Steve Caddick
history
BSc Medicinal Chemistry - Sussex University.
research
NCS binding studies.

Wayne Edwards - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Feb 2001
finished
Dec 2003
funding
BBSRC
history
BSc Biochemistry - Warwick University, PhD Biological Sciences - Warwick University.
research
Cloning and expression of fibre peptides and conjugates.

Andrew Smith - PhD Student

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started
Oct 1999
finished
Oct 2002
funding
EPSRC
history
BSc(2:1) Biochemistry, Royal Holloway, University of London 1994-97, Research Technician, Cortecs (now Provalis), 1998-99.
research
Designing peptides to assemble into protein fibres. Pursuing stuctural studies and potential applications.

Mick Urbaniak - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Oct 1998
finished
Oct 2001
funding
Stephen Caddick
history
BSc Chemistry, University of York.
research
Expression and characterisation of the Neocarzinostatin apoprotein and its interactions with synthetic analogues of the natural chromophore.

Mihriban Tuna - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Oct 2001
finished
Oct 2002
funding
Fluorescience Ltd
history
BSc Middle East Technical University - Ankara, MSc University of Sussex - Brighton.
research
Core-directed design and redesign of three-helix bundle proteins.

Natalie Vlachakis - PhD Student

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started
Oct 1999
finished
Oct 2002
funding
MRC
history
BSc Biochemistry with Chemistry - University of Cape Town, BSc (Hons) Chemistry - University of the Witwatersrand, MSc Chemistry (crystallography) - University of the Witwatersrand.
research
Strucural and functional genomics of yeast.

Jenny Shipway - PhD Student

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started
Oct 1998
finished
Oct 2001
funding
BBSRC & Active Biotech
history
Partner Choice in coiled coil peptides, Design of novel self-assembling structures.
research
BSc Biochemistry - Southampton University.

Maya Pandya - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Sept 1998
finished
Sept 2001
funding
BBSRC
history
PhD Biochemistry - Bristol University, BSc Molecular Biology & Biochemistry - Durham University.
research
Designing molecular switches and peptide fibres.

Annette Smith - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Nov 2000
finished
August 2001
funding
Wellcome
history
PhD - University College London.
research
Identification of stably folded domains in yeast proteins.

Barbara Ciani - PhD Student

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started
Jan 1998
finished
Jan 2001
funding
University of Sussex
history
Working in the NMR group at the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Majored in Chemistry at the University of Rome I "La Sapienza".
research
Designing molecular switches.

John Walshaw - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Nov 1997
finished
Nov 2000
funding
MRC
history
Venus Internet Ltd - an Internet company with a life-science focus Course co-ordinator/author - Principles of Protein Structure course, Birkbeck college, UCL. PhD at University College London, Birkbeck Crystallography Dept. BSc Biology with Computer Science, Southampton University.
research
Prediction and analysis of coiled-coil proteins from the genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Andigoni Tsoutsou - Masters student

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started
Oct 1999
finished
Oct 2000
history
Originally from Greece, BSc Biochemistry - Swansea University.
research
Structural and functional genomics of yeast.

Rob Allan - PhD Student

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started
Oct 1996
finished
Oct 1999
funding
BBRSC
research
Antiparallel coiled-coil structure in tRNA synthetase.

Michael Finucane - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Oct 1995
finished
May 1999
funding
BBSRC & University of Sussex
research
Protein structure, dynamics and function; Rules linking amino acid sequence and structure, dynamics and function; Protein design.

Matt Hicks - PhD Student

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started
Oct 1995
finished
Apr 1999
funding
BBSRC
research
Structure and Folding of Prions (Design and characterisation of novel leucine-zipper peptides).

Jenny Lees - Post-Doctoral Researcher

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started
Mar 1995
finished
Sept 1996
funding
BBSRC
research
Phage display.