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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)


Please note:  I have now retired and am unable to undertake active supervision of new projects, since I no longer have a laboratory.  I am happy to advise on these areas and to respond to questions on my papers etc.  This means I am not recruiting postgraduate students or post-docs etc.

Education/Academic qualification

PGCHET, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 7 Jul 2004

PhD, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 7 Jul 1997

Bachelor, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 7 Jul 1993

External positions

Editorial Board, Fermentation, MDPI Publishers

Associate Editor, Biosceince Reports, Portland Press

Associate Editor, RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry


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


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