Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Brian Jackson

BSc, PhD East Anglia
Research Facility Manager for Protein Production
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Background: BSc(Hons) 2000-2004; PhD 2004-2008, University of East Anglia. Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2008-2012; Wellcome Trust ISSF Junior Independent Research Fellow 2012-2014; Research Facility Manager for Bioimaging and Flow Cytometry 2015-2016; Research Facility Manager for Protein Production 2016-present, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds.

Contact:  Astbury 9.108f, +44(0) 113 34 37369 (Lab: +44(0) 113 34 31253), email address for  

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Research Interests

Protein Production Facility Manager

I trained as a Molecular Microbiologist, gaining my PhD in 2008 from the University of East Anglia. I gained substantial experience in recombinant DNA and protein technology throughout my PhD and postdoctoral positions, including the expression of archaeal, bacterial, mammalian and viral proteins. I moved from my own independent reserarch to Facility Management in 2015 when I took over management of the Bioimaging and Flow Cytometry Facilities at the University of Leeds. Now, with major investments in structural biology at Leeds, I have been appointed Facility Manager of the new Protein Production Facility (PPF).


Current Projects

We anticipate construction work to begin on the PPF in July 2016, with completion of the facility by Autumn 2016.

The Leeds PPF will offer the following services:

  • Vector design and cloning strategies
  • Protein expression optimisation
  • Protein purification from bacterial, insect or mammalian cells

Whilst the PPF is still in the design/construction stage, I am happy to discuss potential projects and can help with design, advice and small-scale lab work in the short term. Please get in touch for all your protein needs.


Faculty Research and Innovation

Modules taught

BIOL2211 - Human Diseases
BIOL5372M - Advanced Biomolecular Technologies
SPSC2203 - Exercise Biochemistry

Centre membership: The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology

Group Leader Dr Brian Jackson  (Research Facility Manager for Protein Production )

Protein Production Facility Manager 

Mr David Sharples  (Fermenter Technician)

Mrs Laura Wilkinson Hewitt  (Research Technician)

Research Facility Manager for Protein Production