Professor Simon Andrews

Simon C Andrews (h-index = 34) is Professor of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at the University of Reading, where he is Leader of the Biomedical Sciences Research Division. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield where he studied Biochemistry and held a 5 year BBSRC fellowship in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (University of Sheffield) studying bacterial iron homeostasis. He is currently Leader of the Biomedical Sciences Research Division and Head of Microbiology within SBS. His research employs a range of molecular genetic approaches and focuses on the mechanisms used by bacteria to acquire, store and control the iron they need for growth, which is a major facet of bacterial survival and pathogenicity.  He has strong interests in bacterial energy mechanisms, having discovered a novel and highly complex bacterial hydrogenease as well as identifying and characterising a new regulatory system controlling anaerobic respiration.  His research has pioneered the concept of ‘iron rationing’.  His more recent work has identified a novel iron regulatory mechanism (Fur-mediated anti-silencing) and a new family of iron transporters (Efe/Ftr) within bacteria.   


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