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Dr Anthony Roberts

Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Principal Investigator

Contact details

tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6832
Room 321a (Office) and B54 (Lab), Department of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX

Research website:


Research highlights

Dr Anthony Roberts is selected as one of the 2018 EMBO Young Investigators [News, December 2018]

A day in the life of a Birkbeck scientist: Dr Anthony Roberts
The short video [2 mins] below and blog profiles Dr Roberts' typical working day researching walking molecules.

Dr Roberts gave a talk at Science Week 2016: Walking molecules:marching to a mechanism for biological movement [blog]

Research interests

  • We are investigating the mechanisms by which molecules are spatially organized within living cells. A main focus is on dynein, a large but poorly understood motor protein that uses ATP hydrolysis to transport cellular components and signals along microtubules. The overarching goal of our research is to understand how dynein works as a force-generating machine, and how dynein molecules are regulated to bring about coherent cellular functions. An additional interest is how defects in the dynein machinery cause human neurological disorders. Core techniques in our research are molecular electron microscopy, protein engineering, and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy.

Selected publications

Teaching/PhD supervision

  • We are always looking for talented students to join the lab. Prospective graduate students should apply through the ISMB’s PhD programs and are welcome to email Anthony to discuss projects.

Dr Anthony Roberts