Richard J Bingham
I have a diverse range of interests in biochemistry and protein science. I studied for a PhD in X-ray crystallography at the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds under the supervision of Prof. Simon Phillips. I then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow under the supervision of Prof. Steve Homans and Prof. Steve Baldwin. Here I was involved in the structural biology and biochemistry of membrane proteins. Then, by studying how a range of small molecules bind to the hydrophobic pocket of a small protein (MUP1), we were able to demonstrate that hydrophobic ligand-protein interactions can be enthalpy driven with a significant contribution from London dispersion forces.
In 2006, I started a postdoctoral position at the University of York work under the supervision of Prof. Jennifer Potts on fibronectin-binding proteins from pathogenic bacteria, elucidating the binding mechanism of the extremely high affinity beta-zipper.
I joined the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Huddersfield in September 2008 where the main focus of my research has been integral membrane proteins of Borrelia burgdorferi.
In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and amateur astronomy.