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Prof Iain Sutcliffe

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor

Department: Applied Sciences

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Iain studied for his first degree in Biochemistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he stayed on to complete a PhD in microbial physiology, supervised by Dr Norman Shaw. Subsequent post-doctoral research notably included working with Professor Roy Russell and a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship in Taxonomy (both in the Department of Oral Biology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne).

He was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland from 1996-2004 before moving to Northumbria, where he was promoted to Reader (2005), then Chair of Microbiology in 2007. In 2012, he was appointed Research Lead for the Department of Applied Sciences and he leads the Cellular & Molecular Sciences research area within Northumbria University. In November 2018 he was appointed as Interim Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Key Publications

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  • Opinion, Rossello-Mora, R., Konstantinidis, K., Sutcliffe, I., Whitman, W. 1 Mar 2020, In: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
  • Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria, Murray, A., Freudenstein, J., Gribaldo, S., Hatzenpichler, R., Hugenholtz, P., Kämpfer, P., Konstantinidis, K., Lane, C., Papke, R., Parks, D., Rossello-Mora, R., Stott, M., Sutcliffe, I., Thrash, J., Venter, S., Whitman, W., Acinas, S., Amann, R., Anantharaman, K., Armengaud, J., Baker, B., Barco, R., Bode, H., Boyd, E., Brady, C., Carini, P., Chain, P., Colman, D., DeAngelis, K., de los Rios, M., Estrada-de los Santos, P., Dunlap, C., Eisen, J., Emerson, D., Ettema, T., Eveillard, D., Girguis, P., Hentschel, U., Hollibaugh, J., Hug, L., Inskeep, W., Ivanova, E., Klenk, H., Li, W., Lloyd, K., Löffler, F., Makhalanyane, T., Moser, D., Nunoura, T., Palmer, M., Parro, V., Pedrós-Alió, C., Probst, A., Smits, T., Steen, A., Steenkamp, E., Spang, A., Stewart, F., Tiedje, J., Vandamme, P., Wagner, M., Wang, F., Hedlund, B., Reysenbach, A. 1 Aug 2020, In: Nature Microbiology
  • Genomic analysis of a novel nontoxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae strain isolated from a cancer patient, Ramdhan, N., Blom, J., Sutcliffe, I., Pereira-Ribeiro, P., Santos, C., Mattos-Guaraldi, A., Burkovski, A., Sangal, V. 1 Jul 2019, In: New Microbes and New Infections
  • Genomic analysis of a novel Rhodococcus (Prescottella) equi isolate from a bovine host, Paterson, M., Ranasinghe, D., Blom, J., Dover, L., Sutcliffe, I., Lopes, B., Sangal, V. 13 Jul 2019, In: Archives of Microbiology
  • Mechanism of Phosphatidylglycerol Activation Catalyzed by Prolipoprotein Diacylglyceryl Transferase, Singh, W., Bilal, M., McClory, J., Dourado, D., Quinn, D., Moody, T., Sutcliffe, I., Huang, M. 22 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • Proposal for changes in the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes, Whitman, W., Sutcliffe, I., Rossello-Mora, R. 1 Jul 2019, In: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Reflections on the introduction of the Digital Protologue Database – a partial success?, Rosselló-Móra, R., Sutcliffe, I. 15 Feb 2019, In: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology
  • Reflections on the introduction of the Digital Protologue Database — A partial success?, Rossello-Mora, R., Sutcliffe, I. 1 Jan 2019, In: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
  • 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


Biochemistry PhD September 01 1985

PGR Supervision

  • Craig Mantanona Cellular and behavioural interrogations of prominent neural output nuclei of the pedunculopontine nucleus for mechanistic understanding of their promise for therapeutic targeting in Parkinson’s disease Start: 18/09/2017
  • Mian Munir Investigations of lipoprotein biosynthesis in bacteria Start: 09/01/2012


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