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Prof Catherine McCrohan

Studies of invertebrate animals have long been used to increase our knowledge of how our own nervous system works. The reason such studies are useful is that the way nerve cells work is similar right across the animal kingdom, from invertebrates to humans.

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Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Animals, Neuroscience, Health, Smell, Metals, Pollution, Environment

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Dr Catherine Walton

Research on mosquito vectors of disease can have important applications to the control of diseases such as malaria and dengue. Population genetic studies of mosquitoes can also increase our fundamental understanding of interpreting genetic diversity in terms of random genetic drift, population history, selection and barriers to gene flow both within and between species. These research interests extend to encompass molecular evolution, conservation genetics and biodiversity in Southeast Asia.

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Evolution, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Biology, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Prof Colin Webb

Since establishing the Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering in 1994, Professor Webb's research activities have largely been directed towards the application of process engineering concepts to grain processing systems. Much of this work is being undertaken to investigate the possible future role of cereals and other solid biomass as raw materials for industrial chemicals.

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Bioenergy, Biomass, Renewable energy, Chemistry, Engineering, Sustainability, Food, Chemicals, Production, Teaching, Education

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Prof David Leys

The research in our group mainly uses x-ray crystallography and a range of other techniques to address how macromolecular structure determines function. We focus on several aspects: how do proteins interact with other macromolecules (RNA, DNA or other proteins) or their substrates?  How do enzymes work, particularly those for which mechanistic insight is lacking? Protein structures also form the basis of protein engineering and for structure-based drug design.

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Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health, Polymers

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Prof Carl Percival

Air Pollution, Atmospheric chemistry, Gas phase reaction kinetics and mechanisms, novel sensors

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Pollution, Climate, Cities, Chemistry, Aerosols, Kinetics, Electric and electronics, Sensors, Instrumentation

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Dr Bart Van dongen

Dr Bart van Dongen studied Chemistry at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). He completed his PhD at the Royal Netherland Institute for Sea research (NIOZ)/ University of Utrecht on the natural sulfurisation of carbohydrates in marine sediments and the consequences for the chemical and carbon isotopic composition of sedimentary organic matter in 2003.

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Geology, Chemistry, Marine, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Our research focuses on the characterization of mineral-water-organic matter reactions in surface and subsurface environments. By combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we are identifying the role that microorganisms play in key environmental processes.

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Environment, Geology, Chemistry, Environmental biology

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