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Prof. Alison Rodger


Prof. Alison Rodger

BSc(Hons), PhD (Sydney), MA (Oxon), DSc (Sydney), DSc (Warwick), BA (Chester), FRSC, FRACI, FAA


Alison moved to Macquarie University in 2017 and is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Warwick.


Research Summary

Biomacromolecule structure and function including DNA, membrane proteins and fibrous proteins including application to bacterial cell division. Intermolecular interactions. Developing new polarised spectroscopy techniques for biomacromolecules. Particular expertise in circular and linear dichroism, fluorescence. Analytical chemistry, especially as related to biological applications.

Selected Publications

Rodger, P.M.; Caroline Montgomery, C.; Giovanni Costantini, G.;Alison Rodger, A. “Morphology, energetics and growth kinetics of diphenylalanine fibres” PCCP, 2021, 23, 4597-4604. DOI: 10.1039/d0cp05477a

Pincus, I.; Rodger, A.; Prakash, J.R. “Viscometric functions and rheo-optical properties of a dilute solution: comparison of FENE-Fraenkel dumbbells with rodlike models”, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 2020, 285, 104395.

Rodger, A.; Steel, M.J.; Goodchild, S.C.; Chmel, N.P.; Reason, A. “Transformation of aqueous protein attenuated total reflectance infra-red absorbance spectroscopy to transmission” Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics Discovery, 2020, 1, E8. doi:10.1017/qrd.2020.11

Moore-Kelly, C.; Welsh, J.; Rodger, A.; Dafforn, T.R.; Thomas, O. “Automated High-Throughput Capillary Circular Dichroism and Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Rapid Determination of Protein Structure” Analytical Chemistry, 2019, 91, 13794–13802. DOI 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b03259

Lobo, D.P.; Wemyss, A.M.; Smith, D.J; Straube, A.; Betteridge, K.B.; Salmon, A. H.J.; Foster, R.R.; Elhegni, H.E.; Satchell, S.C.; Little, H.A.; Pacheco-Gómez, R.; Simmons, M.J.; Hicks,, M.R.; Bates, D.O.; Rodger, A.*; Dafforn, T.R.; Arkill, K.P. “Direct detection and measurement of wall shear stress using a filamentous bio-nanoparticle” Nano Research, 2015, 54, 3803−3813 DOI: 10.1007/s12274-015-0831-xA model of membrane contraction predicting initiation and completion of bacterial cell division, E. Dow, C.E.; Rodger, A.*; David I. Roper, D.I.; van den Berg, H.A., Integrative Biology, 2013, 5, 778–795. doi:10.1039/C3IB20273A

Linear dichroism and circular dichroism: A textbook on polarized spectroscopy
B. Nordén, A. Rodger, T. Dafforn, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010, pp293. DOI: 10.1039/9781847559524