Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

This Institute is part of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and was founded in August 2010. It houses most of the basic molecular life science research at Glasgow University. The principle aim of the Institute is to establish an internationally competitive centre of research excellence in a multi-disciplinary environment. The Institute has created an interactive atmosphere where the guiding principle is to conduct basic and applied research at the highest level. We provide excellent graduate training at both the Masters and for PhD’s. It is an exciting place to be a young researcher!

Currently the Institute has 25 group leaders and is well supported by research grants from the BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC, EU, Human Frontiers of Science Program, the Wellcome Trust and a variety of other charities. Many of our group leaders have collaborators in laboratories all round the world.
I hope you enjoy visiting our website and discovering about the science we do.

Director: Professor Richard J. Cogdell, FRS
Tel: +44(0)141 330 4232
Web: personal website

Recent publications

Amezaga JM, Amtmann A, Biggs CA, Bond T, Gandy CJ, Honsbein A, Karunakaran E, Lawton L, Madsen MA, Minas K, Templeton MR Biodesalination: A Case Study for Applications of Photosynthetic Bacteria in Water Treatment1. Plant Physiology

Douglas FJ, MacLaren DA, Tuna F, Holmes WH, Berry CC, Murrie M Formation of octapod MnO nanoparticles with enhanced magnetic properties through kinetically-controlled thermal decomposition of polynuclear manganese complexes. Nanoscale

Eisenach C, Papanatsiou M, Hillert EK, Blatt MR Clustering of the K+ channel GORK of Arabidopsis parallels its gating by extracellular K+. Plant Journal

Shepherd C, Oka O, Bulleid Neil J  Inactivation of mammalian Ero 1α is catalysed by specific protein disulfide isomerases. Biochemical Journal 

Dominguez PN, Himmelstoss M, Michelmann J, Lehner FT, Gardiner AT, Cogdell RJ, Zinth W Primary reactions in photosynthetic reaction centers of Rhodobacter sphaeroides – time constants of the initial electron transfer. Chemical Physics Letters

Kunz R, Timpmann K, Southall J, Cogdell RJ, Freiberg A, Köhler J Single-molecule spectroscopy unmasks the lowest exciton state of the B850 assembly in LH2 from Rps. acidophila. Biophysical Journal

Tossi V, Lamattina L, Jenkins GI, Cassia RO  Ultraviolet-B-induced Sstomatal closure in arabidopsis is regulated by the UV RESISTANCE LOCUS8 photoreceptor in a nitric oxide-dependent mechanism. Plant Physiology

Paul S, Alegre KO, Holdsworth SR, Rice M, Brown JA, McVeigh P, Kelly SM, Law CJ  A single-component multidrug transporter of the major facilitator superfamily is part of a network that protects Escherichia coli from bile salt stress. Molecular Microbiology

Zakrys L, Ward RJ, Pediani JD, Godin AG, Graham GJ, Milligan, G Roundabout 1 exists predominantly as a basal dimeric complex and this is unaffected by binding of the ligand Slit2. Biochemical Journal

Gomes-Pereira M, Hilley JD, Morales Montero F, Adam B, James HE, Monckton DG Disease-associated CAG•CTG triplet repeats expand rapidly in non-dividing mouse cells, but cell cycle arrest is insufficient to drive expansion. Nucleic Acids Research

Cameron RT, Quinn SD, Cairns LS, MacLeod R, Samuel IDW, Smith BO, Penedo JC, Baillie GS The phosphorylation of Hsp20 enhances its association with amyloid-β to increase protection against neuronal cell death. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Wiejak J, Dunlop J, Yarwood SJ The role of c-Jun in controlling the EPAC1-dependent induction of the SOCS3 gene in HUVECs. Febs Letters