Dr Stephen Roberts

Lecturer in membrane transport

Research Overview

My research expertise is the application of electrophysiological and molecular biological techniques to understand the regulation of ion transport across the biological membranes. I currently use fungal and yeast cell as well asanimal cell expression systems (CHO and HEK cells). My research interests have more focussed on anion efflux and Ca2+ influx across the plasma membrane of fungal cells towards identifying and evaluating potential new drug targets. More recently I have collaborated with collegues in the Physics and Engineering departments (Lancaster University and Warwick Uinversity) to investigate the role of transmembrane voltage in signal transduction and the physical origins of selectivity of ion channel.

Workshop on non-autonomous oscillatory systems and their applications in the life sciences
01/06/2018 → 30/11/2019

Ionic Coulomb blockade oscillations and the physical origins of permeation, selectivity, and their mutation transformations in biological ion channels
01/04/2015 → 30/09/2018

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust funded (Leese bequest) studentship - Modelling the role of the endothelium in cardiovascular physiology £61,000
01/09/2010 → 31/08/2013

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award Micap plc. Developing novel encapsulation technology to protect and control the release of active ingredients from yeast. £135,323.
01/09/2004 → 30/08/2006

BBSRC project grant “Developing Pichia pastoris as a heterologous expression system for ion transporters £99, 169
01/09/2002 → 30/08/2004

BBSRC Using modern molecular and cellular techniques to interpret plant responses to environmental change £1,053,816
01/09/2002 → …

Lancaster University Small Grant Scheme Purchase of equipment for novel investigations of transporters in fungal membranes £6096
03/05/2002 → …

BBSRC Committee Studentship award for investigation of anion transport in Arabidopsis roots
01/09/2001 → 30/08/2004

Wellcome Trust: The role of plasma membrane ion channels in fungal growth - potential targets for fungicides £311,656
01/02/2000 → 01/02/2004

2001 BBSRC project grant Release of organic acid to the rhizosphere: a role for anion channels. £209, 216
01/01/1900 → …

  • Microbes, Pathogens and Immunity