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Gibson Group: Alice Fayter


Alice attended Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham before attending the University of Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh in 2016 with a MChem degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry. During her fourth year she undertook a project on proton ordered and disordered high density ice phases at the University of Innsbruck under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Thomas Loerting, where she investigated the physical properties of different ice phases. Her research concluded with two trips to ISIS, Didcot, to analyse neutron diffraction data from multiple samples and submission of a paper.

In September 2016 she joined the Gibson group and began a PhD studying antifreeze proteins and synthetic compounds with IRI activity with the goal of increasing our understanding of their mechanisms of action and how they interact with ice.

Research Interests

Alice has a passion for ice physics, particularly in ice formation and growth and the mechanism of compounds that exhibit macromolecular effects on the ice structure. She also has an interest in molecular biology, particularly in the optimisation of protein expression and how proteins, particularly antifreeze proteins (AFPs), can affect cell growth.


[4] 2018: Ben Graham, Alice Fayter, Judith E. Houston, Rachel C. Evans, Matthew I. Gibson, "Facially Amphipathic Glycopolymers Inhibit Ice Recrystallization"m J. Am. Chem. Soc.

[3] 2017: Caroline I. Biggs, Trisha L. Bailey, Ben Graham, Christopher Stubbs, Alice Fayter, and Matthew I. Gibson, "Polymer Mimics of Biomacromolecular Antifreezes", Nature Communications, 1546.

[2] 2017: Lewis D. Blackman, Spyridon Varlas, Maria C. Arno, Alice Fayter, Matthew I. Gibson, and Rachel K. O'Reilly, "Permeable protein-loaded polymersome cascade nanoreactors by polymerization-induced self-assembly", ACS Macro Letters, 6 (11), 1263-1267.

[1] 2015: Markus Seidl, Alice Fayter, Josef Stern, Gerhard Zifferer & Thomas Loerting. "Shrinking water's no man's land by lifting its low‚Äźtemperature boundary", Phys. Rev. B 91, 144201.


Royal Society of Chemistry: Associate Member (AMRSC)

Biochemical Society: Postgraduate Student Membership

Institute of Physics: Postgraduate Student Membership

Biophysical Society: Postgraduate Student Membership

American Chemical Society: Postgraduate Student Membership

American Physical Society: Postgraduate Student Membership

Conferences Attended


  • Astbury Conversation, Leeds, UK
  • Neutrons and Global Challenges: Health and Healthcare, London UK


  • IOP Low Temperature Techniques, London, UK
  • Society of Low Temperature Biology Science Meeting, Cambridge, UK
  • 3rd Ice Binding Proteins Conference, Rehovot, Israel

Outreach Work

In Progress


Oral Presentations:

In Progress

Poster Presentations:

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2015: Prestigious Publication Prize (University of Edinburgh). In recognition of the publication of research undertaken during undergraduate studies.

Grants and Bursaries

In Progress


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University of Warwick (2016-Present)

University of Edinburgh (2010-2016)


Address: Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL