Professor Jeff Green, The University of Sheffield – Project Lead
Jeff as more than 25 years’ experience of studying microbial biochemistry and physiology, having published over 100 papers and reviews. His collaborative work with colleagues at UEA, University of Georgia and Sheffield has revealed an almost complete picture of the mechanism of O2-sensing by the transcription factor FNR and the recent application of ‘systems’ approaches (European SysMO-SUMO project in which he acts as deputy co-ordinator) to investigate the effects of O2 availability on E. coli is revealing new mechanistic insights into gene regulation. He is a CI on a White Rose Industrial Biotechnology PhD network “Teaching bacteria to eat grass” and serves on the management board of the White-Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership and the editorial board of Biotechnol Lett.
Professor Gavin Thomas, The University of York – Project Lead
Gavin has over 15 years of experience studying the function of microbial transport proteins and has published over 50 papers and reviews. His research focuses on the application of transporters to IBBE, e.g. transport of odour precursor molecules in underarm bacteria (with Unilever) and oligosaccharide transport for improved utilisation of lignocellulose for biofuel production (BBSRC and TSB with Green Biologics Limited). He is also a PI on a White Rose PhD network “Teaching bacteria to eat grass”, where two of the projects are centred on engineering improved transporter capabilities. He has extensive experience of using structural, biochemical, physiological and genetic methods to understand transporter function, and has an international reputation in bacterial transporter research, having made major advances in studying the function and mechanism of tripartite ATP-independent periplasmic (TRAP) transporters.
Dr Jen Vanderhoven, The University of Sheffield – Network Manager
Jen comes from a biochemistry background. Since completing her PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2007 she has worked as an industrial chemist, in sales and marketing in the scientific sector and as a Research Development Manager at The University of Sheffield. Jen now manages marketing and communications for the network and develops collaborations with new academic and industrial partners.
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