Team Members

Martin Walsh; Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778518

Martin Walsh is Deputy to Diamond's Life Science Director Prof. David Stuart. As coordinator of Diamond's life science activities he oversees research which spans macromolecular crystallography, small-angle X-ray scattering, circular dichroism, infrared microspectroscopy and soft X-ray imaging for biology. As well as exploiting opportunities on other Diamond beamlines, notable spectroscopy and hard x-ray imaging, life science activities are supported by work at the Research Complex at Harwell for which Diamond is a stakeholder. Finally, these research activities are now complemented by electron microscopy through the establishment of a national cryo-electron microscopy facility at Diamond which has recently been approved for funding. As a protein crystallographer his research is primarily aimed at exploiting the use of X-ray crystallography to understand the structure and function of bacterial proteins.

Petra Lukacik; Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778781

Petra is a Post Doctoral Research Associate working jointly for Dr Martin Walsh and I04-1. She completed her degree in Biochemistry and later her DPhil in Protein Crystallography at the University of Oxford. From there she went on to work at the university's Structural Genomics Consortium. In 2006 she became a Visiting Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, where she built up her expertise in membrane protein crystallography. She joined Diamond in 2011 .




Kirsty Robb; Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778518

Kirsty Robb is a joint PhD student with the University of Strathcylde (Glasgow), and is working on structural and functional studies of GntR-like regulators in Gram negative bacteria.






Simone Culurgioni; Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778435

Simone is working on the bacterial response to nitric oxide (NO) and in particular the regulatory mechanisms bacteria have developed to sense and detoxify NO.




Past Members:

Andrea Gumiero

Andrea was a Diamond Post-Doctoral Research Associate working on the application of 2D Infrared spectroscopy as a tool to complement X-ray crystallography. He has recently moved to the University of Heildeberg.