Management - Steering committee

  • Alan Armstrong (Imperial College London)

    Synthetic Chemistry, Chemical biology, chemical engineering, applications in disease (PPI –net) and plants

  • Mauricio Barahona (Imperial College London)


    Dynamics and networks applied to biological systems, synthetic biology, systems biology

  • Christine Raines (University of Essex)

    Photosynthesis, carbon fixation and regulation, pathways of the carbon cycle

  • Graham Seymour (University of Nottingham)

    Plant Biotechnology

    Molecular regulation of fruit ripening, model organism tomato, molecular circuits in tomato and other species, genetics, systems biology, epigenome of tomato, next-genteration sequencing, molecular genetics

  • Rob Field (John Innes Centre, Norwich)

    Synthetic organic chemistry, carbohydrates, plant cell wall, biosynthesis, biogenesis, degradation, enzymology, small molecule inhibitors, high throughput microarrays


    The Field group is diverse in its activities, which range from organic synthesis to mechanistic enzymology and chemical biology. The common theme that runs throughout is carbohydrates:

    • the development of novel chemical and enzymatic approaches for the preparation of sugar nucleotides, oligosaccharides and glycosylated natural products
    • exploration of enzymes associated with plant cell wall and starch biosynthesis and metabolism
    • structural and mechanistic studies on enzymes involved in lipopolysaccharide and natural product biosynthesis
    • carbohydrate-coated surfaces ("glycochips", gold nanoparticles and fluorescent quantum dots) for identifying and quantifying protein-carbohydrate interactions
    • chemical genomics tools for dissecting events in cell and developmental biology (cell migration in Xenopus laevis; starch metabolism in barley).
  • Peter Nixon (Imperial College London)

    Photosystem II, protection from light stress, chloroplast transformation, cyanobacteria, green algae, medicinal plants

  • James Phillips (BBSRC)

    Business Interface Manager

  • Nilay Shah (Imperial College London)

    Design and analysis of energy systems:

    Modelling and optimisation of low carbon technologies and systems (e.g. CCS, hydrogen infrastrucutre etc).



  • Richard Templer (Imperial College London)

    Director of UK Co-Location Centre for Climate KIC

  • Colin Turnbull (Imperial College London)

    systemic signals in plant development and defence

  • Tom Welton (Imperial College London)

    Green chemistry; sustainable chemistry; synthesis and catalysis in ionic liquids; kinetics, physical organic chemistry

    Current Head of the Department of Chemistry Imperial College London since 1 August 2007.

    Currently Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial, Professor Welton’s research focuses on the application of ionic liquids to synthesis and catalysis, and understanding how the chemical environment in which a reaction is taking place affects the reaction process. The central aim of his academic research is to provide more effective chemical processes by the matching of the reaction with the optimum reaction environment.

    Important advances that we have made in the past year have included:

    • Discovering the first unique ionic liquid effect on a chemical reaction.
    • The successful design of an ionic liquid to be the best solvent for a specific reaction.
    • Understanding how ionic liquids interact with anionic nucleophiles to change their reactivity.


  • Jeremy Woods (Imperial College London)

    Co-director of the Porter Institute, dedicated to the development of advanced biorenewables.

  • Oscar Ces (Imperial College London)

    soft condensed matter and membrane biophysics, single-cell analysis using microfluidic droplet technologies and biomimetic-microfluidic systems

  • Malcolm Bennett (University of Nottingham)

    The laboratory studies the mechanisms that regulate root growth and development.

  • Anne Dell (Imperial College London)

    development and application of ultra-high sensitivity mass spectrometric strategies for solving biopolymer structural problems, with particular emphasis on post-translational modifications especially glycosylation

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