Dr Robert Yeo
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 84698
- Fax: +44 (0) 191 20 85016
- Address: School of Medical Education
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
Ph.D. (1992) Area: Molecular Virology,
Queen’s University of Belfast
B.Sc. (Hon’s) (1988) Biochemistry and Genetics
Queen’s University of Belfast
PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2006) University of Durham
ISOH Certificate “Managing Safely” (required for role as Chair, H&S Committee)
Lecturer School of Medical Education
April 2004-July 2017
Lecturer School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health (Teaching)
Department of Biosciences (Research)
August 1996-July 2003
Senior Scientist Medical Research Council Virology Unit
University of Glasgow
August 1993-July 1996
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Department of Animal and Microbial Sciences (Virology)
University of Reading
September 1988-July 1993
Research assistant Centre For Genetic Engineering (N.I.)
Queen’s University of Belfast
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
American Society of Microbiology
Synopsis of career
I was appointed as Lecturer in The School for Medical Education in August 2017 after working as lecturer in Durham University since 2004. Although appointed to the School for Medicine, Pharmacy and Health in Durham I was effectively seconded to the now Department of Biosciences for research purposes and but taught solely on the medicine degree route. Medicine in Durham comprised the first two years of the MBBS degree before students transferred to Newcastle University for final clinical training. The research secondment was unique as I and seven other biological scientists were based on new laboratories (funded by the Wolfson Foundation) within the Department of Chemistry were we pursued asking biological questions but interacting with chemists to answer those questions using chemistry. A truly cross-disciplinary interaction and what made it work was that we were in the same building so communication was effectively instantaneous. Before Durham that I spent seven years working in the renowned Medical Research Council’s Virology Unit (which was embedded in the Virology Department at the University of Glasgow) as a senior scientist. Prior to that, I worked in the University of Reading on HIV or more specifically on the HIV1/CD4 interaction.
My research interests since 1996 have been focused on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) a major cause of respiratory disease in infants and the elderly and a significant cause of hospitalization due to bronchiolitis for the very young Throughout his research career I have focused upon the study of viral proteins for their structure, function and ultimately to use this information in the design of novel therapeutics. The results of this work will lead to a greater understanding of how viruses replicate and cause disease. He has identified potential targets for intervention particularly against the interaction between the RSV nucleocapsid and the polymerase. Further work on validating these targets as therapeutics is ongoing but they provide proof of principle that there are alternative strategies to be taken in the search for new reagents.
As I am new to Newcastle I will use my previous teaching within the School For Medicine, Pharmacy and Health (Durham University). The relevance is that the Phase I MBBS route in Durham was a joint venture with Newcastle University and Pharmacy has recently transferred to NU.
Phase I MBBS
Clinical Biochemistry e.g.
Basis of nutrition e.g. vitamin biochemistry
Nitrogen waste removal
Alcohol metabolism with respect to diabetes
Control of serum glucose
Drugs used in diabetes
Role of Hormones in homeostasis
Classes of hormone
Receptors (GPCR, TKR)
Hypothalamus and Pituitary axes
Parathyroid and Ca2+ metabolism
Satiety and appetite control
Introduction to Virology
Rise of antimicrobial drug resistance
Bacterial and viral causes of Respiratory disease
Bacterial and Viral Causes of GI disease Papillomaviruses and cervical cancer
Pharmacy (Year 4 Students)
Biomedical Sciences (B.Sc.)
(Department of Biosciences, Durham Uni.)
Influenza and other respiratory viruses
Biology of Disease
nter-Professional Education (IPE)
Have been involved in a number of IPE sessions between Medical students and Pharmacy students, e.g. a case of hypotension. These involved hosting the students, leading them through a scenario, then a catch-up session to figure out what actually occurred to a stimulated patient and to explore the different skills a Medics and Pharmacists can bring to patient care and to engage as part multi-disciplinary team interaction to promote better patient care
Ph.D. students (as both primary supervisor and co-supervisor)
M. Res. Students
Hosted final year BMS student prjects
Hosted final Year M. Sci. & M. Chem. student project
ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE ROLEs
Leadership roles on MBBS
Strand Lead CSIM (Clinical Sciences and Investigative Medicine) 2004-2006
Strand lead in NME (Nutrition, Metabolism and Endocrinology) 2006-2016
System Lead ENDO (Endocrinology), October, 2017
The role of Strand or System Lead is akin to that of a module lead on other UG courses. The role however was more complex as it included coordinating the sessions, generating study guides, confirming timetable issues, arranging sessions with external contributors, coordinating hospital visits, organising and evaluating end of strand questionnaires, dealing with student issues, maintaining the relevant areas on DUO (blackboard) and ensuring information and course material is supplied on time.
Academic Advisor Role
As an Academic Advisor (AA) the role was both pastoral and academic, although it did not deal with the content of the course where information was best sought from original providers if possible. As an AA we met a group of students (ca. 17-20) on their first day of enrolment, explained the role and showed them around as well as organising OH meetings to confirm vaccination status. During the year we had periodic (1-2) meetings in each term to discuss progress or any difficulties achieving necessary learning outcomes. After each exam we met with the student to discuss performances especially with students who fail or just pass summative exams. We also met and advised students who have raised some cause for concern i.e. lack of attendance at lectures especially those flagged as mandatory. We also dealt with students on personal issues i.e. living arrangement, need for flexibility when there are childcare issues. Generally we would follow the same students throughout their two years in QCUH, the idea being the students had a defined point of contact for interacting with the School during those two years. An open door policy meant the student knew they could drop-in anything if I was available.
Previous projects (since 2004) included:
The assembly of Respiratory Syncytial Virus
The interaction of Respiratory Syncytial Virus with the cytoskeleton
The structure and function of the polymerase, its cofactors and the viral template, the nucleocapsid
Design and evaluation of novel therapeutics against RSV nucleocapsid
Design and evaluation of novel therapeutics against the polymerases of the Flaviridae (Dengue, Zika, HCV)
Title: Toward the design of of new potent antiviral drugs: structure-function analysis of Paramyxoviridae RNA polymerase.
Funding Body: European Union (contract number QLK2-CT2001-01225)
Type of Grant: Consortium (Framework Five) project grant
Dates: Jan 2001-Jan 2005
Title: The role of Detergent Resistant Membrane-associated proteins in Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection: a preliminary proteomic analysis.
Funding Body: Royal Society
Type of Grant: Project
Dates: March 2005-April 2006
Value £11, 390
Title: Viral Fusion Proteins and their interactions with membrane.
Funding Body: Bioactive chemistry funding (One North East)
Type of Grant: PhD studentship project
Dates: Oct 2005-Sept 2008
Value: ca £75, 000
Title: Identification of cellular proteins interacting with the P protein of Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Funding Body: Wellcome
Type of Grant: Student Vacation Scholarship
Dates: August-Sept 2007
Title: A novel approach to the discovery of antiviral therapeutics against the Flaviviridae
Funding Body: Wolfson Research Institute (Internal Funding)
Type of Grant: Seed Corn Grant
Dates: August 2015-July 2016
Title: A Virtual Screen to Identify of Hit stage Inhibitors of all four serotypes of Dengue Polymerase
Funding Body: Wellcome Trust
Type of Grant: PathFinder Award: WT109660MA (Lead PI Dr Stuart Cockerill)
Dates: November 16-October 2017 (awarded Sept 2015)
Inhibition of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Patent Number EP1395607)
- Joubert F, Yeo RP, Sharples GJ, Musa OM, Hodgson DR, Cameron NR. Preparation of an Antibacterial Poly(ionic liquid) Graft Copolymer of Hydroxyethyl Cellulose. Biomacromolecules 2015, 16(12), 3970-9.
- Curtis FA, Malay AD, Trotter AJ, Wilson LA, Barradell-Black MM, Bowers LY, Reed P, Hillyar CR, Yeo RP, Sanderson JM, Heddle JG, Sharples GJ. Phage ORF family recombinases: conservation of activities and involvement of the central channel in DNA binding. plos.org, 2014. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0102454.
- McPhee HK, Carlisle JL, Beeby A, Money VA, Watson SM, Yeo RP, Sanderson JM. Influence of lipids on the interfacial disposition of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Matrix protein. Langmuir 2011, 27(1), 304-311.
- Curtis FA, Reed P, Wilson LA, Bowers LY, Yeo RP, Sanderson JM, Walmsley AR, Sharples GJ. The C-terminus of the phage λ Orf recombinase is involved in DNA binding. Journal of Molecular Recognition. Journal of Molecular Recognition 2011, 24(2), 333-340.
- Money VA, McPhee HK, Mosely JA, Sanderson JM, Yeo RP. Surface features of a Mononegavirales matrix protein indicate sites of membrane interaction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2009, 106(11), 4441-4446.
- Tran TL, Castagné N, Dubosclard V, Noinville S, Koch E, Moudjou M, Henry C, Bernard J, Yeo RP, Eléouët JF. The Respiratory Syncytial Virus M2-1 protein forms tetramers and interacts with RNA and P in a competitive manner. Journal of Virology 2009, 83(13), 6363-6374.
- MacLellan K, Loney C, Yeo RP, Bhella D. The 24Å structure of Respiratory Syncytial Virus N-RNA decameric rings. Journal of Virology 2007, 83(17), 9519-9524.
- Garcia-Barreno B, Steel J, Paya M, Martinez-Sobrido L, Delgado T, Yeo RP, Melero JA. Epitope mapping of human respiratory syncytial virus 22K transcription antitermination factor: role of N-terminal sequences in protein folding. Journal of General Virology 2005, 86, 1103-1107.
- Bhella D, Ralph A, Yeo R. Conformational Flexibility in Recombinant Measles Virus Nucleocapsids Visualised by Cryo-negative Stain Electron Microscopy and Real-space Helical Reconstruction. Journal of Molecular Biology 2004, 340(2), 319-331.
- Murphy LB, Loney C, Murray J, Bhella D, Aston P, Yeo RP. Investigations into the amino-terminal domain of the respiratory syncytial virus nucleocapsid protein reveal elements important for nucleocapsid formation and interaction with the phosphoprotein. Virology 2003, 307(1), 143-153.
- Longhi S, Receveur V, Karlin D, Johansson K, Darbon H, Bhella D, Yeo R, Canard B. The C-terminal domain of the measles virus nucleoprotein is intrinsically disordered and folds upon binding to the C-terminal moiety of the phosphoprotein. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2003, 278(340), 18638-18648.
- Yeo RP. Making a purse out of a pig’s ear. In: Amin,A;Brown,D-M;Daya,S, ed. Thinking about Almost Everything. London: Profile Books, 2009, pp.130-132.
- Yeo R, Sawdon M. Hormonal control of metabolism: Regulation of plasma glucose. Anaesthesia And Intensive Care Medicine 2007, 8, 294-298.
- Bhella D, Ralph A, Murphy LB, Yeo RP. Significant differences in nucleocapsid morphology within the Paramyxoviridae. Journal of General Virology 2002, 83(8), 1831-1839.
- Henderson G, Murray J, Yeo RP. Sorting of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus Matrix Protein into Detergent-Resistant Structures Is Dependent on Cell-Surface Expression of the Glycoproteins. Virology 2002, 300(2), 244-254.
- Murray J, Loney C, Murphy LB, Graham S, Yeo RP. Characterization of Monoclonal Antibodies Raised against Recombinant Respiratory Syncytial Virus Nucleocapsid (N) Protein: Identification of a Region in the Carboxy Terminus of N Involved in the Interaction with P Protein. Virology 2001, 289(2), 252-261.
- Rima BK, Earle JA, Yeo RP, Herlihy L, Baczko K, ter-Meulen V, Carabana J, Caballero M, Celma ML, Fernandez-Munoz R. Temporal and geographical distribution of measles virus genotypes. Journal of General Virology 1995, 76(5), 1173-1180.
- Yeo RP, Afzal MA, Forsey T, Rima BK. Identification of a new mumps virus lineage by nucleotide sequence analysis of the SH gene of ten different strains. Archives of Virology 1993, 128(3-4), 371-377.
- Afzal MA, Pickford AR, Yeo RP, Rima BK, Bentley M, Forsey T, Minor PD. Messenger-RNA transcription and nucleotide-sequence analysis of mumps-virus vaccine and various other strains. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 1993, 10-10.
- Elliott GD, Yeo RP, Afzal MA, Simpson EJB, Curran JA, Rima BK. Strain variable editing during transcription of the P gene of mumps virus may lead to the generation of non-structural proteins NS1 (V) and NS2. . Journal of General Virology 1990, 71(7), 1555-1560.