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Paul Sainsbury

paul4.jpgBSc (Hons), MSc
Chemical Biology Research Facility
Department of Chemistry
University of Warwick




Paul initially graduated with a BSc First Class (Hons) in Chemistry where he studied the inhibition of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in malaria parasites as part of his final year dissertation. He later gained a distinction in his Master’s degree at King’s College London in Analytical Toxicology where he worked on the synthesis and analytical profiling of novel monoamine neurotransmitter reuptake inhibitors. Paul enjoys reading, weightlifting, comics and scary movies.

Paul’s PhD research looks at enzyme inhibition using molecular genetics and organic chemistry to produce useful aromatic chemicals from the bacterial breakdown of lignocellulose.



Sainsbury, P. D., Hardiman, E. M., Ahmad, M., Otani, H., Seghezzi, N., Eltis, L. D., & Bugg, T. D. H. (2013). "Breaking Down Lignin to High-Value Chemicals: The Conversion of Lignocellulose to Vanillin in a Gene Deletion Mutant of Rhodococcus jostii RHA1." ACS Chemical Biology Volume 8, Issue 10, pages 2151–2156

Sainsbury, P. D., Kicman, A., Archer, R., King, L. and Braithwaite, R. (2011) "Aminoindanes—the next wave of ‘legal highs’?." Drug Testing and Analysis 3: 479–482.

Taylor, C.R., Hardiman, E.M., Ahmad, M., Sainsbury, P. D., Norris, P.R., Bugg, T. D. H. (2012) "Isolation of bacterial strains able to metabolise lignin from screening of environmental samples." Journal of Applied Microbiology 113(3), 521–30.