Tools: Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry of substrate transport. molecular biological techniques (RNA/DNA techniques analyses of transport across cell membranes heterologous e..., Membrane protein biochemistry, Chemical cross-linking, Site-directed mutagenesis
I am a biologist by training. My research career is focussed on the structure-function relationships of membrane transport systems in Escherichia coli. I am interested in understanding the mechanism of ion and solute transport across the membrane and how this influences bacterial cell survival. My work mainly focusses on the ligand-gated potassium efflux systems which are crucial for cell survival during electrophile exposure and the mechanosensitive channels involved in hypoosmotic stress
I am postdoc in the group of Prof Ian Booth in Aberdeen working on the biochemical and biophysical characterisation of bacterial channels.