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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

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: Implications in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders, 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: Development of Chemoenzymatic Cascades for the Synthesis of Pyrroles, Scalacci, N., Black, G., Mattedi, G., Brown, N., Turner, N., Castagnolo, D. 3 Feb 2017, In: ACS Catalysis

PGR Supervision

  • Megan Grey New Carbohydrate-active Enzymes for Improved Detergent Sustainability Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Joseph Sekhar Streptococcus Equi Arginine Deiminase and Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase: Novel Targets for Combating Strangles Start Date: 03/09/2012 End Date: 20/04/2017
  • Melina Mitsiogianni The role of isothiocyanates as epigenetic modulators in malignant melanoma Start Date: 08/06/2020 End Date: 21/04/2021
  • Emily Doogan Age-related changes in CNS and PNS neuronal structures within C57BL/6J male mice that regulate continence Start Date: 20/12/2019 End Date: 24/03/2021
  • Darren Cook Genome Data Mining Towards Discovery of Novel Cytochromes P450 Start Date: 01/09/2011 End Date: 05/05/2016
  • Henry Gould An omics-based approach to identifying novel biocatalysts and metabolites Start Date: 01/09/2021
  • Andrew Porter Proteomic Analysis of Cellvibrio Japonicus Start Date: 09/11/2009 End Date: 24/06/2014
  • Felicia Ikolo Characterisation of the PrtM Maturase of Streptococcus equi; A Proven Virulence Factor in Strangles Start Date: 01/09/2007 End Date: 07/11/2013
  • James Finnigan Discovery and characterisation of novel prokaryotic cytochromes P450 via high-throughput (meta)genomics Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 07/03/2019
  • Yuyin Qi Rational High-Throughput Primary Sequence Space Mining Towards Novel Ketoreductases with Biocatalytic Utility Start Date: 01/10/2011 End Date: 03/10/2016
  • Samantha Gittings Discovery, Identification and Characterisation of Novel Transaminases from Metagenomics Start Date: 01/02/2017
  • Mingaile Valancauskaite Metagenomic mining for novel/innovative commercial glycoenzymes Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Migkena Zoupali The development of P450 transformations Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Derek Stobo Novel Amine Oxidases and Amine Dehydrogenases for Potential Usage in Biocatalysis Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Richard Duncan Start Date: 01/11/2017
  • Jon Ainsley Computational simulations of Enzyme dynamics and the modelling of their reaction mechanisms Start Date: 09/01/2015 End Date: 13/06/2018


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

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