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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

Queen's University Belfast

PhD, University of Birmingham

Bachelor, University of Birmingham

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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Galactokinase Medicine & Life Sciences
Galactosemias Medicine & Life Sciences
Enzymes Medicine & Life Sciences
Galactose Medicine & Life Sciences
Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences
Fasciola hepatica Medicine & Life Sciences
UDPglucose 4-Epimerase Medicine & Life Sciences
Calmodulin Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

A Dynamic Core in Human NQO1 Controls the Functional and Stability Effects of Ligand Binding and Their Communication across the Enzyme Dimer

Vankova, P., Salido, E., Timson, D., Man, P. & Pey, A. L., 12 Nov 2019, In : Biomolecules. 9, 11, 728.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Flavin-Adenine Dinucleotide

Cancer-associated variants of human NQO1: Impacts on inhibitor binding and cooperativity

Megarity, C. F. & Timson, D. J., 6 Sep 2019, In : Bioscience Reports. 39, 9, BSR20191874.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Catalytic mechanism of mevalonate kinase revisited, a QM/MM study

McClory, J., Lin, J. T., Timson, D., Zhang, J. & Huang, M., 5 Feb 2019, In : Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. 17, 9, p. 2423-2431 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mevalonate kinase
Mevalonic Acid
Adenosine Triphosphate

Characterization of Calcium-Binding Proteins from Parasitic Worms

Thomas, C. M. & Timson, D. J., 2 Feb 2019, Calcium-Binding Proteins of the EF-Hand Superfamily. Heizmann, C. (ed.). New York: Humana Press, Vol. 1929. p. 615-641 27 p. (Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Calcium-Binding Proteins
Calcium Signaling
Helminth Proteins
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Dynamic origins of substrate promiscuity in bacterial galactokinases

McAuley, M., Huang, M. & Timson, D., 17 Oct 2019, In : Carbohydrate Research. 486, 107839.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Escherichia coli
Sugar Phosphates
Bacterial Structures

Activities 2004 2019

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) (External organisation)

David Timson (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies

Higher Education Academy, UK (External organisation)

David Timson (Fellow)
2017 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

PhD external examination

David Timson (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)

David Timson (Fellow)
2016 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

Queen's University Belfast

David Timson (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting positionVisiting an external academic institution