Emeritus Professor Alan Ward
Emeritus Professor

  • Email: alan.ward@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 7814052950
  • Address: School of Biology
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle uponTyne
    NE1 7RU

Research Interests

My principal area of study is the application of data analysis methods, including linear and non-linear multivariate statistics and neural networks, to biosystems employing micro-organisms, especially actinomycetes. This has included the application of data analysis methods to microbial systematics, classification and identification of micro-organisms, process control and optimization of fermentation processes, both for research and development and in large scale industrial application.

These methods are fundamental to search and discovery of novel therapeutic and bio-active compounds from natural products, through understanding the systematics of actinomycetes (and other organisms) to developing techniques for optimizing the expression of their biosynthetic capacity in screening, research and development, and fermentation bioprocesses.