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Dr Ross Anderson


Ross Anderson’s research is focussed on the engineering of de novo designed redox proteins and enzymes, and their subsequent integration into both living organisms and artificial cell-like entities. Ross studied Chemistry at Newcastle University and carried out his PhD in Biomimetic Macrocyclic Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University. He then moved into the field of Biological Inorganic Chemistry with Prof. Stephen Chapman, FRSE, at the University of Edinburgh, studying the natural heme-containing dioxygenases indoleamine and tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase. From here Ross undertook further postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania in the lab of Prof. Les Dutton, FRS, where he worked on the assembly of simple artificial proteins capable of reproducing sophisticated functional elements common to oxidoreductase enzymes.  

Ross was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2009 to set up his lab in the School of Biochemistry at the University of Bristol. Since then, his lab has explored the in vivo assembly of functional artificial proteins and enzymes funded by the Royal Society and the BBSRC, and in collaboration with Prof. Stephen Mann, FRS (Bristol Chemistry) and Dr. Adam Perriman (Bristol Cell and Molecular Medicine), they are using a combination of protein engineering, de novo protein design and materials chemistry to construct redox cascades in protocellular microdroplets. This collaborative project is funded by the BBSRC through the BrisSynBio (Bristol Synthetic Biology) centre.

  • 2009-present    Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF), School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol 
  • 2006-2009        Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2003-2006        Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
  • 1999-2003        PhD, Heriot-Watt University
  • 1996-1999        BSc, Chemistry, Newcastle University



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