Biochemistry at Leicester

The Department of Biochemistry was founded by Sir Hans Kornberg, FRS, in 1961 and is currently a large well-funded Department with around 30 members of academic staff. We are housed in a state-of-the-art research building: The Henry Wellcome Building. The Department is highly active in both research and teaching.

Our Research activities address four major areas:

  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Gene Expression
  • Cancer, Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
  • Microbial and Cardiovascular Diseases

Our teaching/training activities cover:

Two of the major College Research Themes are led from within the Department

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Selected Publications
  • Samuel, J., Macip, S., Dyer, M.J.S..Efficacy of Vemurafenib in Hairy-Cell Leukemia. N. Engl. J. Med. 2014; 370:286-288. January 16, 2014.DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1310849
  • Hood, F.E., Williams, S. J., Burgess, S. G., Richards, M. W., Roth, D., Straube, A., Pfuhl, M., Bayliss, R and Royle, S.J.. Coordination of adjacent domains mediates TACC3–ch-TOG–clathrin assembly and mitotic spindle binding. JCB vol. 202 no. 3 463-478, August 5, 2013
  • Watson, P.J., L. Fairall, G.M. Santos and J.W.R. Schwabe. Structure of HDAC3 bound to corepressor and inositol tetraphosphate. Nature (2012) 481, 335-340.

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Contact Details

Department of Biochemistry
Henry Wellcome Building
Lancaster Road
LE1 9HN (Postal)

LE1 7HB (Sat Nav/Online maps)

T:  +44(0)116 229 7038
F:  +44(0)116 229 7018