Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences

Staff Profile

Professor Caroline Austin

Professor of Molecular Biology


Area of expertise

DNA topoisomerase including its biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular pharmacology and its role in transcriptional regulation.



1979-1982 BSc Biochemistry,  University of London (Chelsea College)

1993-1986 PhD Molecular Biology, University of London(University College)

1996 Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Newcastle University


Previous Positions

1986-1992 Postdoctoral position, University of London (St Georges)

1992 (May-Nov) Visiting Scholar, Harvard University

1993-1999 Lecturer, Newcastle University

1999-2005 Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

Several working visits to laboratories in the US including Harvard (Cambridge), University Oregon (Eugene) and North-western University (Evanston) 

Current Roles and Responsibilities

2016-2019 Elected member of Newcastle University Senate
2017-2019 Senate representative on university research committee
2017-2019 Senate  reputation and rankings group
2017-2020 Elected member of Newcastle University Council (Charity Trustee)
2017-2020 Elected council member of Royal Society of Biology (Charity Trustee)
2018-2020 Diversity Champion for Royal Society of Biology
2018-2020 Athena FORUM member
Athena SWAN panel member
2017- Chair of Working group to increase nominations for external awards

Current Memberships of Learned Societies 

British Society for Cell Biology
Royal Society of Biology

 Google scholar: Click here.



Postgraduate Supervision

21 PhD students submitted their PhDs within the 4 year deadline.

list of past students




Enquries from exceptionlly able, highly motivated and hard working post graduate and post doctoral scientists who have their own funding and a genuine interest in my area of research are welcome.

The University requirements for english language qualification can be found at

The online application form can be found at 




Lecture on Bioinformatics Course

Supervise Undergraduate and Masters Projects

Supervise PhD students, 21 submitted within 4 year deadline.