Dr Heath Murray
Royal Society Research Fellow

  • Email: heath.murray@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3233
  • Fax: +44 0 (191) 208 7424
  • Address: The Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology
    Medical Science New Building
    Medical School
    Newcastle University
    Richardson Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4AX
    United Kingdom


Royal Society University Research Fellow (2009-2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2009) - Professor Jeff Errington, FRS FMedSci

Graduate Fellow (1998-2003) -  Professor Richard Gourse, PhD

Undergraduate Scholar (1994-1998) - Associate Professor Robert Simons, PhD


Ph.D. Genetics  (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (University of California-Los Angeles, USA)


Royal Society University Research Fellow (2009-2017)

Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005-2007)

European Molecular Biology Organization Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004)

USA National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004; declined)

UW-Madison Genetics Department Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2003)

National Institutes of Health Genetics Training Fellowship (1998-2001)

Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1996, 1997)

University of California Regents Scholarship (1994-1998)


Regulation of Bacterial DNA Replication Initiation

My lab studies bacterial DNA replication initiation in the model organism Bacillus subtilis. Using a combination of genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry, we are investigating the structure of the bacterial chromosome origin (oriC) and the activity of the master DNA replication initiation protein DnaA. 

Research Team

Omar Harran - PhD student 

Lorraine Hewitt - Postdoc

Tom Richardson - Postdoc


Individuals interested in Post-doctoral research positions within our group should have a strong background in general microbiology, molecular biological, biochemistry, and/or cell biology methods, and should have a demonstrated record of high productivity in peer-reviewed literature. Interested candidates should send a CV, along with two reference letters, directly to heath.murray@newcastle.ac.uk.

CMB3000 - Undergraduate Research project

MIC2026 - Microbial Cell Biology

MIC2027 - Extended Scientific Essay

MMB8016 - Control of DNA Replication in Bacteria