Creating rings in natural antibiotic synthesis27 November 2018Scientists at the University of Bristol have revealed the secrets of the key ring forming cascade in the biosynthesis of a globally used antibiotic. They hope their findings could lead to the development of antibiotics with improved properties and new biocatalysts for the clean and efficient synthesis of medicinally important molecules.
Bristol to join forces with one of the world’s most prestigious research societi2 November 2018The University of Bristol partners with the Max Planck Society in Germany to establish an innovative new Max Planck Centre for Minimal Biology in Bristol. The Centre will pursue game-changing research in the emerging field of minimal biology to address some of the most complex challenges in fundamental science. This could lead to transformative applications in biotechnology and medicine.
Prestigious award for Senior Lecturer4 June 2018Dr Mark Dodding from the School of Biochemistry has won a Lister Institute Research Prize of £250,000 to use small-molecules to probe the molecular mechanisms that control the organisation of components within cells.
School of Biochemistry awarded Athena SWAN Silver award8 May 2018The Silver Award is based on a rigorous review of a detailed self-assessment document, including data on recruitment and retention of staff and students, an action plan and personal case studies. The School of Biochemistry was one of 21 Silver Awards made to academic departments across the UK.
Professor Mark Szczelkun awarded 5-year ERC Advanced Grant11 April 2018Professor Mark Szczelkun of the School of Biochemistry has been awarded a €2.2M Advanced Grant from The European Research Council (ERC) for his EPICut project on the Molecular Mechanisms, Evolutionary Impacts and Applications of Prokaryotic Epigenetic-Targeted Immune Systems
‘Wiggling and jiggling’: new study helps explain how organisms can evolve to live at different temperatures21 March 2018The brilliant physicist Richard Feynman famously said that, in principle, biology can be explained by understanding the wiggling and jiggling of atoms. For the first time, new research from the University of Bristol, UK and the University of Waikoto, New Zealand explains how this ‘wiggling and jiggling’ of the atoms in enzymes – the proteins that make biological reactions happen – is ‘choreographed’ to make them work at a particular temperature.
Watch fat cells help heal a wound in a fly27 February 2018Fat body cells in Drosophila play a surprising role in sealing wounds and preventing infection, researchers at the University of Bristol report in the journal Developmental Cell.