We are an academic research group with strong industrial links. We develop, apply and translate synthetic biology technologies to harness the potential of microbial metabolism and achieve impactful living technologies.

Our GlycoCell UKRI Engineering Biology Mission Hub has been funded! See the UKRI press release and the University of Nottingham press release.

The group
We are a team of research scientists based at The University of Nottingham, led by Dr John Heap.

A video introduction
John's presentation at the World Economic Forum gives a short (5 min) non-specialist introduction to some of our research interests and motivations.

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Many of our published plasmids are available from Addgene or elsewhere, and our ClosTron online design tool for retargeting bacterial Group II introns is available at clostron.com.

For GlycoCell we are recruiting postdocs, PhD students, tenure-track fellow(s), a technician & a manager/CofS. Look out for job ads and get in touch! We advertise on the University website and twitter. We are happy to hear from suitable researchers with (or seeking) independent research funding seeking a host lab.

Our affiliations
Our affiliations both inside and outside our home institution, The University of Nottingham.

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Contact us
Email: john.heap at nottingham.ac.uk
Twitter: Twitter @johntheap
Post: Dr John Heap, School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, Biodiscovery Institute, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK.