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Research interests

David Timson is a protein biochemist.  His research focuses on understanding how the structures of proteins influence their functions, with particular relevance to those proteins implicated in human disease and in biotechnology.  Current research areas include:

1.  Proteins of human galactose metabolism and how they are affected by the inherited metabolic disease, galactosemia.

2.  Calcium binding proteins and metabolic enzymes from helminth parasites.

3.  Quinone oxidoreductases

4.  Stress mitigation in biofuel production

5.  The biochemistry underlying fetal alcohol specturm disorders (collaboration led by Prof Paul Gard)

Education/Academic qualification

Queen's University Belfast

PhD, University of Birmingham

Bachelor, University of Birmingham

External positions

Editorial Board, Fermentation

Associate Editor, Biosceince Reports

Associate Editor, RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry


  • Q Science (General)
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Proteins
  • Enzymology

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Research Output 2007 2019

NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1): An enzyme which needs just enough mobility, in just the right places

Pey, A. L., Megarity, C. F. & Timson, D. J. 3 Jan 2019 39, 1, BSR20180459

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Flavin-Adenine Dinucleotide

A galactokinase-like protein from the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica

Zinsser, V. L., Cox, C., McAuley, M., Hoey, E. M., Trudgett, A. & Timson, D. J. 21 Jul 2018 192, p. 65-72 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fasciola hepatica
Schistosoma mansoni
Calcium Channels

Improving the activity and stability of human galactokinase for therapeutic and biotechnological applications

McAuley, M., Mesa-Torres, N., McFall, A., Morris, S., Huang, M., Pey, A. L. & Timson, D. 26 Apr 2018 19, 10, p. 1088-1095 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human Activities
Enzyme Replacement Therapy

Modulation of the mobility of a key region in human galactokinase: Impacts on catalysis and stability

McAuley, M., Huang, M. & Timson, D. J. 19 Sep 2018 81, p. 649-657 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Catalytic Domain

Activities 2004 2017

  • 6 Membership of professional body
  • 1 Research degree
  • 1 Personal board membership of professional/academic bodies
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

PhD external examination

Timson, D. (Examiner)

Activity: Research degree

Higher Education Academy, UK (External organisation)

Timson, D. (Chair)
2017 → …

Activity: Membership of professional body

Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)

Timson, D. (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership of professional body

Queen's University Belfast

Timson, D. (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

Biochemical Society (External organisation)

Timson, D. (Chair)

Activity: Personal board membership of professional/academic bodies