Research Grant Awards: January to July 2013

Academic staff at the School of Biological Sciences have been awarded a number of new major research grants during the first half of 2013.

These are listed below.

UK Research Councils


Dr. James McDonald: Unraveling a novel mechanism for cellulose decomposition in the bacterial phylum Fibrobacteres. £329,616 (April 2014 - March 2017)


Professor Peter Golyshin:Characterization of the nature, origins and ecological significance of dissolved organic matter in freshwater ecosystems (joint project with Prof. Davey Jones, SENERGY and Dr. Nathalie Fenner, SBS). £440,000 (September 2013 – May 2017)

Professor Barrie Johnson: Beyond Biorecovery: Environmental Win-win by Biorefining of Metallic Wastes into New Functional Materials (BBB: B3), (catalyst grant; joint with Universities of Birmingham and Exeter). £88,000 (April – October 2013)

Professor Barrie Johnson: Cobalt: the roles of Geology, Geomicrobiology and Geometallurgy in its mineral formation and recovery (CoG3). (catalyst grant; joint with the Universities of Dundee, Exeter, Manchester and Southampton, and the Natural History Museum). £85,500 (September 2013 – May 2014)

Dr Nia Whiteley Scaling empirically derived ocean acidification responses to naturally assembled systems. (UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme, Added Value Activities; joint project with Southampton and Plymouth Universities, and AWI, Germany, Urchin Industry C-CAN and CEFAS, Lowestoft). £90,846 (February 2013 – December 2013)

Dr. Nia Whiteley & Dr. Ian McCarthy: Cellular energy reallocation: an explanation for the inability of a key benthic species, Cerastoderma edule, to survive ocean acidification and warming. (UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme, Added Value Activities) £29,000 (June 2013 – September 2013)

UK Charities


Dr. Edgar Hartsuiker: The role of nucleotide excision repair in providing resistance to the nucleoside analogues Gemcitabine and Cytarabine. £191,397 (June 2013 – May 2017)

North West Cancer Research Fund

Dr. Edgar Hartsuiker: Funding for a new Research Lectureship in Cancer Biology. £313,935 (September 2013 – September 2018)

Dr. Ramsay McFarlane & Dr. J. Sammut: The meiCT genes in colorectal and ovarian cancer: analysis of expression distribution and the antigenic potential of the gene products. £67,000 (January 2013 – December 2015)

Dr. Oliver Fleck: Functions of mismatch repair proteins in the cellular response to nucleoside analogues. £164,190 (July 2013 – June 2016)

Cancer Research Wales

Dr. Ramsay McFarlane: Application of systematic genome scale analysis of germ line genes: biomarker and oncogenic potential. £99,815 (August 2013 – July 2015)

The Royal Society

Professor Peter Golyshin: Assessment of water quality indices of some recreational surface waters in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa as a tool for capacity development in the impoverished Province. £25,000 (September 2013 – August 2014)

Professor Peter Golyshin: Mining novel enzymes from new thermophilic microorganisms from subsurface. £12,000 (September 2013 – August 2015)

European Commission

Dr. Anita Malhotra (Drs. Wolfgang Wuster and John Mulley, Co-I’s): BITES: Biodiversity Informatics and Technology Exchange for Snakebite management. 127,760 euros (total grant value 163,800 euros). December 2013 – November 2017