Professor Mick Urbaniak

Personal Chair

Research Overview

My laboratory uses a combination of genetics, cell biology and proteomics approaches to understand biological systems at the molecular level. Our research is focused on tropical infectious diseases, primarily the clinically relevant parasite Trypanosoma brucei and related species such as Leishmania. We are studying how the parasites are able to sense and respond to their host environment, and aim to translate the results of this basic research into early-stage drug discovery.

Selected Publications

Organising the cell cycle in the absence of transcriptional control: Dynamic phosphorylation co-ordinates the Trypanosoma brucei cell cycle post-transcriptionally
Benz, C., Urbaniak, M. 12/12/2019 In: PLoS Pathogens. 15, 12, 27 p.
Journal article

Dynamic regulation of the Trypanosoma brucei transferrin receptor in response to iron starvation is mediated via the 3’UTR
Benz, C., Lo, W., Fathallah, N., Connor-Guscott, A., Benns, H.J., Urbaniak, M.D. 31/12/2018 In: PLoS ONE. 13, 12, 12 p.
Journal article

Cyclin-dependent kinase 12, a novel drug target for visceral leishmaniasis
Wyllie, S., Thomas, M., Patterson, S., Crouch, S., De Rycker, M., Lowe, R., Gresham, S., Urbaniak, M.D., Otto, T.D., Stojanovski, L., Simeons, F.R.C., Manthri, S., MacLean, L.M., Zuccotto, F., Homeyer, N., Pflaumer, H., Boesche, M., Sastry, L., Connolly, P., Albrecht, S., Berriman, M., Drewes, G., Gray, D.W., Ghidelli-Disse, S., Dixon, S., Fiandor, J.M., Wyatt, P.G., Ferguson, M.A.J., Fairlamb, A.H., Miles, T.J., Read, K.D., Gilbert, I.H. 25/07/2018 In: Nature. 560, p. 192-197. 6 p.
Journal article

LGAAP: Leishmaniinae Genome Assembly and Annotation Pipeline
Almutairi, H., Urbaniak, M.D., Bates, M.D., Jariyapan, N., Kwakye-Nuako, G., Thomaz-Soccol, V., Al-Salem, W.S., Dillon, R.J., Bates, P.A., Gatherer, D. 22/07/2021 In: Microbiology Resource Announcements. 10, 29, 5 p.
Journal article

Vilnius University (Lithuania)
Visiting an external academic institution

Wellcome Trust grant review
Other

External examiner, PhD
Examination

MRC grant peer review
Other

UlverSTEM 2023
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Wellcome Trust grant peer review
Other

Academy of Finland grant peer review
Other

UKRI Interdisciplinary Assessment College (External organisation)
Membership of board

BBSRC grant peer review
Other

External Examiner, MSc by Research
Examination

British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting 2023 Edinburgh
Participation in conference - Academic

Wellcome Trust grant peer review
Other

FURNESS STEM SHOW 2023
Other

Wellcome Trust grant peer review
Other

EPSRC grant peer review
Other

Speaker at Kinetoplastid Molecular Cell Biology, USA
Oral presentation

External Examiner, BSc & MSci Biological Sciences
Examination

BBSRC grant peer review
Other

Invited speaker at Big Ideas in Neglected Tropical Diseases, Durham
Invited talk

Speaker at British Society of Parasitology meeting, York
Oral presentation

BBSRC grant peer review
Other

MRC grant peer reviewer
Other

PhD Viva, External Examiner
Examination

External Examiner, BSc & MSci Biological Sciences
Examination

BBSRC grant peer review
Other

PhD Viva, Internal Examiner
Examination

PhD Viva, External Examiner at Bordeaux
Examination

MRC grant peer review
Other

External Examiner, BSc & MSci Biological Sciences
Examination

MSc by Research, Internal Examiner
Examination

Quernmore CE Controlled Primary School
School Engagement

Wellcome Trust grant peer review
Other

MRC grant peer review
Other

MSc by Research, Internal examiner
Examination

Research talk at KMCB meeting, USA
Oral presentation

External Examiner, BSc & MSci Biological Sciences
Examination

BLS-CHICAS Shindig
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Biology Week Parlimentary Reception
Other

Keynote speaker at British Society for Parasitology meeting 2018
Invited talk

Santiago Chavez
Hosting an academic visitor

Invited Seminar Speaker - Keele University
Invited talk

Invited speaker at UCLAN
Invited talk

Invited seminar speaker LSHTM
Invited talk

Invited Speaker - London Biological Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group
Invited talk

Invited Seminar at WCMP Glasgow
Invited talk

Invited Seminar at LSTHM
Invited talk

Invited speaker - Protein Kinases of Parasitic Protozoa
Invited talk

Invited speaker - ASTMH pre-meeting course
Invited talk

Member of the Royal Society of Biology
Election to learned society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Election to learned society

Royal Society of Biology Ambassador
Appointment

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
Election to learned society

Senior Fellow of Advance HE
Election to learned society

  • Cancer Biology and Genome Stability
  • DSI - Health
  • Microbes, Pathogens and Immunity