Neil Dixon originally studied as a Medicinal Chemist and then went on study small molecule-membrane protein interactions during his PhD using a range of biochemical and biophysical techniques. He then trained in Chemical and Synthetic Biology at the University of Manchester. He currently holds a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship in Synthetic Biology based at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB). He is interested in applying molecular based approaches to both understand and harness the power of biological systems.
I am currently working as postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Dr Neil Dixon. I obtained my PhD in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Naples in Italy. After that, I gained extensive experience in the fields of biochemistry, structural, molecular and cell biology working as a postdoctoral research associate at Emory University (US), at the University of Oxford (UK), and then at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (formerly CRUK Paterson Institute) . I then moved to the MIB to apply my experience in gene expression control in the context of synthetic biology working to develop and characterise novel bacterial protein production system with improved attributes. My current research is focused on engineering bacterial stress response pathways to enhance host protein expression and secretion capabilities.
In 2015 Ross began a PhD at the University of Manchester in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, where he works on post-transcriptional control of gene expression in bacteria. He is also interested in bio-sensing Synthetic Biology and the use of Design of Experiments for the optimisation of construction of smart, self-regulating metabolic pathways.
Ross graduated from the University of Exeter with a B.Sc. Hons in Biology in 2012, during which he gained work experience at Rothamsted Research. Following this he worked in the Exeter Microbial Biofuels Group, before beginning a M.Sc. by Research at the Shell Technology Centre in Houston, Texas in collaboration with Royal Dutch Shell. Here he worked on consolidated bioprocessing of waste material for biofuel production. Ross is an avid rock climber with a passion for the outdoors and travel.
Before landing in Manchester as a PhD student in the Dixon’s group, I spent my undergraduate and master study in Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. During that time, I majored the research in the area of environmental microbiology and biotechnology. Currently, I study the application of orthogonal riboswitches as fine gene expression regulatory devices for glycoprotein production, both for industrial and therapeutic impacts. During my free time, I enjoy travelling around interesting places and capturing the moments by photography.
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