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Prof Geraint Thomas
G03
Anatomy Building
Gower Street
London
UK
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Research Summary

I take a broad, multifactorial approach to understanding cellular functions and their control across a range of scales from molecules upwards. Some projects focus on identified and well-described signalling proteins sometimes interacting in unexpected ways or combinations e.g. nucleotide exchange factors, G-proteins and protein kinases. Other work seeks to apply cutting edge molecular analytical methods to the study of cells and tissues functioning collectively in health and disease e.g. direct imaging and detection of cell signalling molecules, proliferative drive or stemness using label-free Raman imaging or new ultra-fast, ultra-resolving electrophoretic approaches. I also aim to apply all of these approaches and my increased understanding of molecular and cellular behaviours to the engineering of living cells for the production of useful metabolites. Research projects feature experimental work coupled with advanced mathematical, computational or statistical approaches or they can be entirely theoretical. I have active collaborations with a range academic groups across an array of disciplines from life sciences, physics, medicine and chemistry, all interested in understanding the molecular basis of cellular behaviours and processes. Collaborative research with analytical, metrology and bio-industrial companies is an important aspect of my work.

Teaching Summary

Programme Director: Natural Sciences B.Sc. and M.Sci. programmes (from September 2015)

Director: SysMIC - Interdisciplinary Skills for Biosciences (www.sysmic.ac.uk)
Deputy Director: London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (LIDo)
Course organiser and lecturer: CELL0009 Cell Biology 
Course organiser and lecturer: CELL0010 The Principles of Cellular Control
Course organiser and lecturer: CELL0011 Integrative Cell Biology 
Lecturer: BIOS0019 Life Sciences Foundation (for Natural Sciences)
Lecturer: CELL1002 Introduction to Cell Biology
Lecturer: PHAR3003 Molecular Pharmacology
Lecturer: Signalling Techniques in Immunology (Infection and Immunity MSc), University of Utrecht Medical School.
Tutorials: Natural Sciences B.Sc. and M.Sci. programme.

Appointments
01-OCT-2013 Professor of Biochemistry Cell and Developmental Biology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2008 BA Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics Open University
2004 Dip. Diploma – Mathematics Open University
2001 MSc Master of Science – Structural Biology Birkbeck College
1989 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Biochemistry CNAA (Council for National Academic Awards)
1986 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Biochemistry University of Wales, Swansea
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