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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

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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Research Output

  • Galactokinase deficiency: lessons from the GalNet registry

    Rubio-Gozalbo, M. E., Derks, B., Das, A. M., Meyer, U., Möslinger, D., Couce, M. L., Empain, A., Ficicioglu, C., Juliá Palacios, N., De Los Santos De Pelegrin, M. M., Rivera, I. A., Scholl-Bürgi, S., Bosch, A. M., Cassiman, D., Demirbas, D., Gautschi, M., Knerr, I., Labrune, P., Skouma, A., Verloo, P. & 4 others, Wortmann, S. B., Treacy, E. P., Timson, D. J. & Berry, G. T., 18 Aug 2020, In : Genetics in Medicine.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Galactosemia: opportunities for novel therapies

    McCorvie, T. J. & Timson, D. J., 19 Feb 2020, Protein Homeostasis Diseases. Pey, A. L. (ed.). Academic Press, p. 221-245 25 p.

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

  • In silico analysis of the effects of disease-associated mutations of β-hexosaminidase A in Tay‒Sachs disease

    Fazal, M. I., Kacprzyk, R. & Timson, D. J., 15 May 2020, In : Journal of Genetics. 99, 1, 42.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • In Silico Analysis of the Effects of Point Mutations on α-Globin: Implications for α-Thalassemia

    Horri-Naceur, A. & Timson, D. J., 18 May 2020, In : Hemoglobin. 44, 2, p. 89-103 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) (External organisation)

    David Timson (Member)

    2019 → …

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

    PhD external examination

    David Timson (Examiner)


    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    Higher Education Academy, UK (External organisation)

    David Timson (Fellow)

    2017 → …

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

    Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation)

    David Timson (Fellow)

    2016 → …

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

    RSC Advances (Journal)

    David Timson (Member of editorial board)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work