Synthetic Biology and the Physical Cell Group Co-Convenor
John is currently Professor of Biophysics and Director of the Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) at Durham University. His first degree was in physics was from Oxford University and his PhD in high resolution laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen from Southampton University. After ten years in industry, including the development of the world’s first diode laser for retinal photocoagulation, he moved back into academia founding the Institute for Biophotonics at Strathclyde University and led the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance theme on Physics and the Life Sciences. He moved to Durham in 2009 taking up the position as Director of the BSI in 2011.
John’s research focuses on the development of optical instrumentation to help solve grand biological challenges, bringing together the tools of the physical sciences into world-leading biological research. There has been a focus on optical microscopy and optical tweezing to observe and study what takes place within cells at high temporal and spatial resolution to enable predictive models to be developed.
Department of Physics
Durham DH1 3LE