School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Eimer Tuite

Senior Lecturer in Biophysical Chemistry



The Tuite Lab works at the interface of life and physical sciences, applying chemical and physical tools to biological, materials, and environmental problems. I have particular interest in DNA chemistry, dynamics, and recognition in the context of nano-assembly, synthetic biology, and molecular diagnostics. Another research line involves optical spectroscopy, photophysics, photochemistry, and photobiology. Together with the Pike Lab, we form the Bioinspired Molecular Engineering Group.

Google Scholar: Eimer M Tuite
ResearcherID: A-4356-2012
ORCID: 0000-0002-2805-4858


My undergraduate and postgraduate studies were at Trinity College Dublin ( where I completed my PhD in 1992 with Prof John Kelly on photosensitized damage of DNA. I then moved to Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast for postdoctoral work with Prof Bengt Norden at Chalmers University of Technology ( in the field of biomolecular recognition, and subsequently accepted a lecturing position there. In 2000 I moved to Newcastle where I have continued to expand my research in Biophysical Chemistry, as a member of the Nanoscience and Materials Section.

Qualifications and Previous Positions

1987: BA (4 yrs) in Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Physics and Maths), Trinity College Dublin (Cocker Medal)
1992: PhD in Chemistry with John Kelly, Trinity College Dublin
1990-1991: President, Trinity College Dublin (DU) Graduate Students' Union.

1993-1995: Wenner-Gren/SI Research Fellow with Bengt Norden, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg
1995-1996: EU Marie Curie Research Fellow with Bengt Norden, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg
1996-2000: Assistant Professor in Biophysical Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg
1998:          Docent in Biophysical Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg

External Scientific Activities

EPSRC Peer Review College (2002-2005, 2006-2009, 2010-2016, 2016- )
BBSRC Pool of Experts (2009-2013)
     – TRDF, Committee C, and ALERT panels (2009-2017)
EU Evaluation Expert (2010- ; FP7 & H2020)
     – Life Science and Chemistry: IF; ITN; RISE; COST; WIDESPREAD
ERC Evaluation Expert (2014-2020)
     – Life Science Starter Grants panel (LS7 - Diagnostics, Therapies, Public Health)


Taekwondo, swimming, tennis, pilates, yoga



Research Grants

EU H2020 MSCA Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Grant (#778001) 2018-2023
DNASURF Project Website
Looking forward to working with excellent colleagues in Dublin, Birmingham, Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country), Jerusalem, Singapore, Sapporo, Sydney, Melbourne, and Provo (Utah).

Research Topics

  • Spectroscopic and biophysical studies of drug interactions with DNA and analogues (especially phenothiazines, cyanines, acridines, ruthenium complexes) including chiral, sequence, and structural recognition.
  • Mechanisms of photocleavage of DNA, including metal complex and cyanine photosensitizers.
  • Electron and energy transfer mediated by DNA and PNA for structural and dynamic studies of nucleic acids, especially with metal complexes.
  • DNA conductivity and charge migration.
  • Nucleic acid-based assembly of nanoscopic architectures.
  • Quantum dots, SERS, and near-field microscopy.
  • Enzymatic extension methods for synthesis of modified DNA.

Chemical Nanoscience Labs Research

Publications (Scopus)

47 : Peer-Reviewed Papers and Reviews
26 : h-index
3 : patents

Eimer M Tuite; Google Scholar


Undergraduate Modules

CHY1510 Introductory Physical Chemistry: labs
CHY1200 General Chemistry: module leader, lecturer, labs
CHY2003 Topics in Chemistry - Polymers: lecturer
CHY2201 Physical Chemistry - Kinetics: module leader, lecturer, labs
CHY8428 Energy and Materials - Biophysical Chemistry: module leader and lecturer
CHY3206 Advanced Physical Chemistry: labs

Stage 3 Literature project

I offer projects on topics in nanoscience, imaging, diagnostics, and biomedicine.

MChem and MSc Projects

I offer projects to masters students on biophysics, photophysics and photochemistry of DNA/probe systems, and on DNA diagnostics.