Prof David Whitworth BA (Oxon), PhD (Warwick), SFHEA
Dave is a Professor of Biochemistry at Aberystwyth and coordinates the Biochemistry degree scheme. He studied for a BA in Biochemistry at Balliol College, Oxford (1991-1995) before completing a PhD in bacterial genetics at the University of Warwick (1999). After two postdoctoral posts and a lectureship at Warwick, Dave moved to Aberystwyth in 2008. He has been a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2016 and served a term as member of Council for the Microbiology Society. Dave's research interests include bacterial genome evolution and functional genomics (particularly of predatory myxobacteria), and the pedagogy of skills and creativity.
- BR26620 - Proteins and Enzymes
- BR14310 - Evolution and the Diversity of Life
- BR23920 - Behavioural Ecology
- BR36020 - Molecular Biology of Development
- BRM4820 - Field and Laboratory Techniques
- BR17520 - Cell Biology
- BRM2860 - MBiol Research Project
- BRS0060 - Integrated Year in Industry
- BRM6160 - MRes Dissertation (B)
My research focuses on the myxobacterial predator Myxococcus xanthus and how it preys upon other microbes. We are studying natural myxobacterial isolates using a variety of genomic, proteomic and phenotypic techniques to identify the genes conferring antimicrobial activity. Particular topics of interest include the predatory vesicles shed by myxobacteria, and myxobacterial genome evolution.