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Dr Richard Puxty

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Life Sciences
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Research Interests

Microbes catalyse the majority of biogeochemical transformations of elements on Earth. They also encompass the vast majority of our planet's genetic potential. My lab focuses on characterising this genetic potential in bacteria. Particularly we are interested in how bacteria acquire the resources they need to grow and to stave off predation by viruses?

Currently we are working on two separate themes. First, how marine phototrophs simultaneously acquire and protect themselves from the Sun's energy? Especially in environments that are chronically limited by both macro- and micronutrients.

Second, we are interested in the diversity of mechanisms by which bacteria can evade predation by viruses (bacteriophages).

In these pursuits, we use a variety of techniques including reverse genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry, biophysics and omics type technologies.


Member, Royal Society of Biology
Member, Society for Applied Microbiology
Member, Microbiology Society
Member, Challenger Society for Marine Sciences

Title Funder Award start Award end
Exploring the genetic 'alphabet' of the Virosphere (The Royal Society Research Grants) Royal Society 31 Jan 2022 30 Jan 2023
Facile directional immobilization of bacteriophage on to PDMS for rapid and compliant point of care diagnostics (MLS Research Fund Bursary for Sahan Liyanagedera) Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund 01 Aug 2021 31 Mar 2022