Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Dr Nicholas Allenby

Guest Status



University of Newcastle upon Tyne:
1999 BSc Molecular Biology
2000 MSc Industrial Biotechnology:
2004 PhD: Institute of Cell and Molecular Biosciences, title: “The phosphate stimulon of Bacillus subtilis”

Previous Positions

Research contractor for;
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Immunodiagnostic Systems (IDS) Ltd.


Society for General Microbiology (SGM) since 2000
Society for Applied Microbiology (SFAM) since 2001
British society for antimicrobial chemotherapy (BSAC) since 2006


Research Interests

The Actinomycetes, especially the streptomycetes, are fruitful produces of secondary metabolites. Recent studies have shown that the genes encoding antibiotic gene clusters are present in the genomes of these organisms at a much higher rate than predicted by fermentation studies. My work is focused on the search and discovery of antibiotic gene clusters using microarrays, within the streptomyces species.