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 in the model organism Bacillus subtilis. Using a combination of genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry, we are investigating the activity and regulation of the master DNA replication initiation protein DnaA. Our long-term goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms that coordinate bacterial DNA replication initiation with cell growth and the cell division cycle.


Research Team

Omar Harran - PhD student 

Alan Koh - 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.

MIC2026 - Microbial Cell Biology

MIC2027 - Extended Scientific Essay

MMB8016 - Control of DNA Replication in Bacteria