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Dr Robert Finn

Senior Lecturer

Department: Applied Sciences

Robert Finn Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Dr Robert D. Finn is a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry in the Department of Applied Sciences. Robert studied for his honours degree in biochemistry at University College Cork, Ireland and stayed to complete his PhD in biochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Mary McCaffrey, investigating small molecular weight G-proteins of the Rab family.

On completion of his PhD he continued to work with Prof. McCaffrey on a project investigating the post-translational processing of prion proteins. To further his research career, Robert moved to the University of Dundee in 2000, where he remained until taking up his post at Northumbria, working with Prof. Roland Wolf on cytochromes P450 and diflavin oxidoreductases.

Dr. Finn is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Entomological Society, the Society of Biology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biochemical Society, Technolink Ireland-UK and a past member of the British Toxicology Society and the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics. Additionally, Dr. Finn is a member of the editorial board for the Universal Journal of Agricultural Research, the American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences and SO Journal of Biochemistry and has acted as a grant assessor for the MRC and Innovate UK.


  • Biochemistry PhD June 30 2000
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Full Member Biochemical Society 2010

Key Publications

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  • Metaproteomics characterization of the alphaproteobacteria microbiome in different developmental and feeding stages of the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae (De Geer, 1778), Lima-Barbero, J., Díaz-Sanchez, S., Sparagano, O., Finn, R., De La Fuente, J., Villar, M. 3 Jul 2019, In: Avian Pathology
  • Isolation of the monooxygenase complex from Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus – clues to understanding acaricide resistance, Graham, K., Sparagano, O., Finn, R. Jun 2016, In: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
  • Should the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae be of wider concern for veterinary and medical science?, George, D., Finn, R., Graham, K., Mul, M., Maurer, V., Moro, C., Sparagano, O. 25 Mar 2015, In: Parasites & Vectors
  • Potential of essential oils in medical and veterinary pest management: efficacy and modes of action, Sparagano, O., George, D., Finn, R., Dinesh, R., Rashed, A., Graham, K., Okello, E., Maurer, V. 2015, 13th International Congress of the European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (EAVPT 2015)
  • Present and future potential of plant-derived products to control arthropods of veterinary and medical significance, George, D., Finn, R., Graham, K., Sparagano, O. 15 Jan 2014, In: Parasites & Vectors
  • A Role for Cytochrome b5 in the In Vivo Disposition of Anticancer and Cytochrome P450 Probe Drugs in Mice, Henderson, C., McLaughlin, L., Finn, R., Ronseaux, S., Kapelyukh, Y., Wolf, R. Jan 2014, In: Drug Metabolism and Disposition
  • Pyrethroid activity-based probes for profiling cytochrome P450 activities associated with insecticide interactions, Ismail, H., O'Neill, P., Hong, D., Finn, R., Henderson, C., Wright, A., Cravatt, B., Hemingway, J., Paine, M. Nov 2013, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • NADPH-Cytochrome P450 Oxidoreductase: Roles in Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Riddick, D., Ding, X., Wolf, R., Porter, T., Pandey, A., Zhang, Q., Gu, J., Finn, R., Ronseaux, S., McLaughlin, L., Henderson, C., Zou, L., Fluck, C. Jan 2013, In: Drug Metabolism and Disposition
  • Do natural marine-based products hold potential as acaricides for the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae?, George, D., Finn, R., Preece, C., Graham, K., Sparagano, O. 2013, 13th Congress of the World Veterinary Poultry Association
  • Identification of a novel pyrethroid metabolising Cytochrome P450 from the tick: Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, Graham, K., Sparagano, O., Finn, R. 2013, British Society for Parasitology Spring Conference

PGR Supervision

  • Nicola Cowley Start: 01/10/2017
  • Joanne Atkinson Mapping, characterising and targeting acaricide resistance in the poultry red mite, Dermanyssus gallinae Start: 01/10/2014


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