Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Thomas Edwards

BSc, PhD 1997, Bath
Associate Professor
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Background: Dr Edwards is an Associate Professor in the School of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Leeds and is Deputy Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. He obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Bath in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Biology also from Bath in 1996. Dr Edwards worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Aneel Aggarwal at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (1997-2003) in the Structural Biology Program, and was promoted to the faculty in 2003. Dr Edwards joined the University of Leeds in April 2005.

Contact:  Garstang 8.53d, +44(0) 113 34 33031, email address for  

You can read more about Dr Edwards's interests here:


PoPPI - Perturbation of Protein-Protein Interactions:

Research Interests

Structural Molecular Biology



Current Projects

Structural Biology

RNA:Protein Interactions

RNA viruses and viral RNA binding proteins

Protein-protein interactions

Molecular Control of Embryogenesis

Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. 



Faculty Research and Innovation

Studentship information

Undergraduate project topics:

  • Biochemistry, Microbiology & Biological Sciences

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • RNA binding proteins; protein-protein interactions; RNA viruses; molecular embryogenesis

See also:

Modules taught

BIOC1302 - Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills
BIOC1303 - Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling
BIOC2301 - Intermediate Integrated Biochemistry
BIOC2303 - Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills
BIOC2303/BIOL2303 - Intermediate MCB Skills
BIOC3160 - Laboratory/Literature/Computing Research Project
BIOC3221/22/BIOL3210/MICR3211 D - ATU - RNA binding proteins
BIOL1302/1303/MICR1320 - Intro skills - Biological Science and Microbiology
BIOW5902X - Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design
BMSC1103 - Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills
FOBS1135/BIOL1112 - The Basis of Life/The molecules of life
FOBS1201/BIOL1214 - Molecular Physiology/Multicellular Systems

Centre memberships:

Group Leader Dr Thomas Edwards  (Associate Professor)

Structural Molecular Biology 

Mrs Susan Matthews  (Research Technician)

Dr Jennifer Tomlinson  (Research Fellow)


Francis Hopkins (Primary supervisor) 34% FTE
Georgia Pangratiou (Primary supervisor) 50% FTE
Philip Rowell (Primary supervisor) 34% FTE
Amelia Shaw (Primary supervisor) 34% FTE
Michaela Agapiou (Co-supervisor) 25% FTE
Katherine Davies (Co-supervisor) 40% FTE
Zoe Lear (Co-supervisor) 33% FTE
Ajinkya Rao (Co-supervisor) 33% FTE
Brendan Rogers (Co-supervisor) 33% FTE
Jaskiran Sabharwal (Co-supervisor) 10% FTE
Gemma Swinscoe (Co-supervisor) 33% FTE
Katarzyna Zajac (Co-supervisor) 30% FTE