Dr Sam Rowe


Project Manager

Investigating the evolution of antimicrobial resistance

My role as Project Manager focuses on developing the Norwich Centre for Microbiology (NCM), working with groups across Norwich Research Park to promote the strength and breadth of their microbiology research.

I previously completed a MSci degree in chemistry from Imperial College London and a PhD in chemistry from the University of East Anglia. My PhD research involved developing a new system for artificial photosynthesis where electric bacteria capture solar energy to make valuable chemicals such as hydrogen.

Following my PhD, I worked in science communication and engagement roles. Most recently, I was a Public Engagement Officer at the Earlham Institute (2021-23) where I managed the Barcoding the Broads programme as part of the Darwin Tree of Life consortium. I was also a Pint of Science City Coordinator for four annual festivals (2020-23), working with teams of volunteers to produce and promote engaging public events online and in-person.

I am also passionate about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, as well as providing new opportunities for researchers to maximise the impact of their work. I currently work with Norwich Science Festival as a Network Coordinator for Sci Comms East, developing a year-round offering of science communication training and networking events in the East of England.

Key publications

A decahaem cytochrome as an electron conduit in protein–enzyme redox processes. Chong-Yong Lee et al., Chem. Comm., 52, 7390-7393 (2016), doi: 10.1039/C6CC02721K.

Electron Accepting Units of the Diheme Cytochrome c TsdA, a Bifunctional Thiosulfate Dehydrogenase/Tetrathionate Reductase. Julia M. Kurth et al., J. Biol. Chem., 291(48), 24804-24818 (2016), doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.753863.

Light-Driven H2 Evolution and C═C or C═O Bond Hydrogenation by Shewanella oneidensis: A Versatile Strategy for Photocatalysis by Nonphotosynthetic Microorganisms. Sam F. Rowe et al., ACS Catal., 7(11), 7558-7566 (2017), doi: 10.1021/acscatal.7b02736.

Quantum dot interactions with and toxicity to Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Anna M Wroblewska-Wolna et al., Nanotechnology, 31(13), 134005 (2020), doi: 10.1088/1361-6528/ab5f78.