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Dr Anthony Roberts

Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Principal Investigator

Contact details

email: a.roberts@mail.cryst.bbk.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6832
Room B60 (Office) and B54 (Lab), Department of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX

Research website: www.roberts-lab.com

 

Research highlights

Coming soon - A day in the life of a Birkbeck scientist: Dr Anthony Roberts
The short video profiles Dr Roberts on a typical working day and his research into 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