Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Ryan Seipke

BA, Adrian College; PhD, Cornell University - 2008
Lecturer in Bacteriology
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Background: 2008-2009, USDA-funded postdoc with Rosemary Loria, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University; 2009-2012, MRC-funded postdoc with Matthew Hutchings, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia; 2012-2013, NERC-funded postdoc with Matthew Hutchings, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia. Appointed Lecturer in Bacteriology 2013.

Contact:  Garstang 8.52a, +44(0) 113 34 35604, email address for  

You can read more about Dr Seipke's interests here:
http://www.ryanseipkelab.com/

Research Interests

Actinomycete natural products: discovery, biosynthesis, regulation and understanding their role in the environment

The research group is interested in the biology of actinomycete bacteria. Actinomycetes are renowned for their diverse secondary metabolism and the production of industrially- and medically-important natural products, and in recent years for living in protective symbioses with higher organisms (i.e. insects, plants, animals). The major focus of the group is natural product discovery, understanding and manipulating natural product biosynthesis, and developing synthetic biology tools to engineer new therapeutics. Longer term, we are interested in better understanding the role of natural products in the environment and during host-microbe interactions.

 

Faculty Research and Innovation

Modules managed

BIOL2110 - The Power of Bacterial Genomics

Modules taught

BIOC3160 - Laboratory/Literature/Computing Research Project
BIOC3231/32/BIOL3211/MICR3212 b - ATU - Discovery of new antibiotics and other natural product therapeutics
BIOL2110 - The Power of Bacterial Genomics
BIOL3305 - Advanced Skills in the Biosciences
BIOL3306 - Biological Sciences Research Project
BIOL3398 - Research Tools and Applications
BIOL3399 - Extended Research Project Preparation
BIOL5394M - Specialised Research Topics and Skills
BLGY1124/1128 - The Diversity of Life/Living Planet
BLGY1128 - Living Planet
MICR1120 - Introduction to Microbiology
MICR1320 - Skills for Microbiologists

Centre membership: The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology

Group Leader Dr Ryan Seipke  (Lecturer in Bacteriology)

Actinomycete natural products: discovery, biosynthesis, regulation and understanding their role in the environment 

Postgraduates

Divya Thankachan (Primary supervisor) 90% FTE
Ayat Al-Tarawni (Co-supervisor) 40% FTE