User:Richard P Bowater

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Richard P Bowater

I work in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia in the UK. One area of research that I am interested in involves synthetic biology and I have been the Primary Instructor for my institute's iGEM team during 2011-2013. Through this competition I became aware of OpenWetWare.

Education & Research Career

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, UEA (2007-present)
  • Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, UEA (2002-2007)
  • University Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, UEA (1998-2002)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, South Mimms, UK (1996-1998)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas A & M University, USA (1994-1996)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Dundee, UK (1988-1994)
  • Ph.D. - University of London, UK (1989); research undertaken at National Institute for Medical Research, London
  • B.Sc. - Biochemistry, University of Sheffield, UK (1984)

Research interests

Having trained as a biochemist, my research interests have broadened out to encompass methodologies that involve biophysical chemistry, microbiology and molecular biology. More recently, I have even dabbled with bioinformatics and structural biology! The research focus of my group is macromolecular interactions of bacterial DNA repair proteins and we have focused attention on DNA ligases. Our experiments are performed in vitro or in bacterial model organisms.

Current Research Projects

  • Physiological functions of DNA ligases
  • RNA ligases of bacteria and viruses
  • DNA repair pathways of model organisms
  • Relationship between DNA metabolism and genetic instability of DNA repeats
  • The interplay between DNA damage, DNA repair and ageing


For information about my published articles see:

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