Andrew Bell

Postgraduate Student

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My PhD project focuses on the impact of bacterial sialic acid metabolism on gut homeostasis. In particular I am interested in how a novel bacterial mechanism of utilising mucin-derived sialic acid may provide a competitive advantage to bacteria expressing an intramolecular trans-sialidases, and help to protect the gut from pathogens.

I studied Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia, and as part of the degree programme undertook a year in Industry placement in Dr Claire Domoney’s lab at the John Innes Centre where I was involved in a project to increase understanding of chlorophyll degradation and turnover pathways in plants.

I returned to Dr Domoney’s lab after completing my undergraduate where I continued the same research theme and discovered that the SGRL protein can regulate chlorophyll metabolism contributing to plant growth and development in pea.

Monestier M., Latousakis D., Bell A., Tribolo S., Tailford L. E., Colquhoun I. J., Le Gall G., Yu H., Chen X., Rejzek M., Dedola S., Field R. A., Juge N.. (2017)

Membrane-enclosed multienzyme (MEME) synthesis of 2,7-anhydro-sialic acid derivatives.

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