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Prof Gary Black


Department: Applied Sciences

Gary studied for his BSc in Applied Biology (awarded by CNAA in 1988) at Sunderland Polytechnic, which included a sandwich placement at the Public Health Laboratory Service, Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, Porton Down, Salisbury.

Gary stayed at Sunderland Polytechnic to study his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (awarded by CNAA in 1992) under the supervision of Dr Catherine O'Reilly. Gary then moved to Newcastle University as a Post-doctoral Research Associate and worked in the research group of Prof. Harry Gilbert for 4 years, returning to Sunderland University in 1996 as a Lecturer.

Gary then moved to Northumbria University in 2000 to take up the post of Reader and obtained his Personal Chair in 2006.

Gary Black


  • Science PhD March 31 1992
  • Full Ordinary Member Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) 1997
  • Ordinary Member Society for General Microbiology (SGM) 1988

Key Publications

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  • Monoamine Oxidase (MAO-N) Biocatalyzed Synthesis of Indoles from Indolines Prepared via Photocatalytic Cyclization/Arylative Dearomatization, Zhao, F., Masci, D., Ferla, S., Varricchio, C., Brancale, A., Colonna, S., Black, G., Turner, N., Castagnolo, D. 5 Jun 2020, In: ACS Catalysis
  • A facile and regioselective multicomponent synthesis of chiral aryl-1,2-mercaptoamines in water followed by monoamine oxidase (MAO-N) enzymatic resolution, Lauder, K., Masci, D., Toscani, A., Al Mekdad, A., Black, G., Brown, N., Turner, N., Luisi, R., Castagnolo, D. 28 Oct 2019, In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Proteomics and bioinformatics analyses identify novel cellular roles outside mitochondrial function for human miro GTPases, Kay, L., Sangal, V., Black, G., Soundararajan, M. 1 Jan 2019, In: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Antidiabetic "gliptins" affect biofilm formation by Streptococcus mutans, De, A., Pompilio, A., Francis, J., Sutcliffe, I., Black, G., Lupidi, G., Petrelli, D., Vitali, L. 1 Apr 2018, In: Microbiological Research
  • Fluorogenic kinetic assay for high-throughput discovery of stereoselective ketoreductases relevant to pharmaceutical synthesis, Thai, Y., Szekrenyi, A., Qi, Y., Black, G., Charnock, S., Fessner, W. 1 Apr 2018, In: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Monoamine Oxidase (MAO-N) Whole Cell Biocatalyzed Aromatization of 1,2,5,6-Tetrahydropyridines into Pyridines, Toscani, A., Risi, C., Black, G., Brown, N., Shaaban, A., Turner, N., Castagnolo, D. 7 Sep 2018, In: ACS Catalysis
  • Structural Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Tryptophan 7-Halogenase and Tryptophan 5-Halogenase, Ainsley, J., Mulholland, A., Black, G., Sparagano, O., Christov, C., Karabencheva-christova, T. 31 May 2018, In: ACS Omega
  • Understanding Miro GTPases, Kay, L., Pienaar, I., Cooray, R., Black, G., Soundararajan, M. 1 Sep 2018, In: Molecular Neurobiology
  • The effect of Maillard reaction products and yeast strain on the synthesis of key higher alcohols and esters in beer fermentations, Dack, R., Black, G., Koutsidis, G., Usher, S. 1 Oct 2017, In: Food Chemistry
  • Unveiling the Biocatalytic Aromatizing Activity of Monoamine Oxidases MAO-N and 6-HDNO, Scalacci, N., Black, G., Mattedi, G., Brown, N., Turner, N., Castagnolo, D. 3 Feb 2017, In: ACS Catalysis

PGR Supervision

  • Melina Mitsiogianni The role of isothiocyanates as epigenetic modulators in malignant melanoma Start: 08/06/2020
  • Samantha Gittings Start: 01/02/2017
  • Mingaile Valancauskaite Start: 01/10/2018
  • Migkena Zoupali Start: 01/10/2018
  • Derek Stobo Start: 01/10/2018
  • Emily Doogan Age-related changes in CNS and PNS neuronal structures within C57BL/6J male mice that regulate continence Start: 20/12/2019
  • James Finnigan Discovery and characterisation of novel prokaryotic cytochromes P450 via high-throughput (meta)genomics Start: 01/10/2014
  • Richard Duncan Start: 01/11/2017
  • Jon Ainsley Computational simulations of Enzyme dynamics and the modelling of their reaction mechanisms Start: 09/01/2015

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