Faculty of Medical Sciences

North East Fungal Forum (NEFF)

The participants of NEFF use fungi as model eukaryotic systems to understand various aspects of cell biology.

Theme Leader

David Lydall

Major Research Themes

Members of NEFF use a range of fungal model systems including budding yeast, fission yeast, Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans.  

Areas of specific interest include:

  • RNA biology
  • cell stress responses
  • infection
  • DNA damage responses
  • high throughput biology
  • metal biology
  • chromosome biology.


Standard molecular genetic and cell biological approaches are used.   The members also have expertise in high-throughput (robotic) approaches.

Key Collaborations

NEFF provides an opportunity for researchers within the faculty and across the region to interact.  A number of collaborative papers and grants have resulted from work initiated or cemented through NEFF.

Developing Researchers

NEFF provides a platform for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and senior researchers to present their data in a friendly and supportive environment. This is especially important for PhD students, for many of whom this is the first opportunity to communicate their research findings.  NEFF is also organised by students, allowing students the opportunity to gain organisational skills and experience of chairing a scientific meeting. 

Impact and Engagement

NEFF meetings take place four times a year where seminars are given by a mixture of internal and external speakers from other leading universities.  These meetings provide a constructive environment for the exchange of ideas and the setting up of potential collaborations.

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Staff List

Dr Jeremy Brown
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7470

Professor David Lydall
Professor of Genome Stability

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5318

Dr Laura Maringele
Lecturer (Genome Instability)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2088146

Professor Brian Morgan
Professor of Yeast Molecular Biology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7694

Professor Janet Quinn
Professor of Eukaryotic Microbiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7434

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6282

Dr Claudia Schneider
Royal Society University Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7708

Dr Elizabeth Veal
Reader in Molecular Biology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7596/7444 (lab)

Dr Nick Watkins
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6991

Dr Simon Whitehall
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5989