The Revd Professor Robert Gilbert
Subject: Medicine and Biomedical Science, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Department: Biochemistry and Medicine
College appointment: Tutorial Fellow
After a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Durham, Robert Gilbert researched for a PhD at Leicester University in the Departments of Biochemistry and Microbiology and Immunology. He came to Oxford as a post-doc in the Division of Structural Biology and in 2002 became Tutor in Biochemistry at Magdalen. He has since held in addition a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2004-2012) and is now Professor of Biophysics and Director of Graduate Studies in the Nuffield Department of Medicine.
His book “Science and the Truthfulness of Beauty” is published by Routledge.
Director of studies in Biochemistry, teaching molecular cell biology in the first year and, for the degree Part I: biomolecular structure and function, biophysical and structural techniques, and aspects of cell biology and metabolic integration. Teaching is also provided to students reading Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Structural and biophysical methods applied to biomedically-important cellular processes. One focus is the control of miRNA maturation and degradation in the cell, which has relevance for a broad range of cancers, metabolism, inflammation and innate viral immunity. The other main focuses of the lab are membrane pore formation by proteins of the membrane attack complex/perforin and cholesterol-dependent cytolysin family involved in infection, immunity and development; and the regulation of membrane adhesion to other cells at the extracellular matrix.
- Yu, X, Ni, T, Munson, G, Zhang, P and Gilbert, RJC (2022) Cryo‐EM structures of perforin‐2 in isolation and assembled on a membrane suggest a mechanism for pore formation. EMBO J. 41, e111857
- Ni T., Williams S.I., Rezelj S., Anderluh G., Harlos K., Stansfeld P.J., Gilbert R.J.C. Structures of monomeric and oligomeric forms of the Toxoplasma gondii perforin-like protein 1. Sci. Adv. 4, eaaq0762 (2018)
- Ni, T, Jiao, F, Yu, X, Aden, S, Ginger, L, Williams, SI, Bai, F, Pražák, V, Karia, D, Stansfeld, PJ, Zhang, P, Munson, G, Anderluh, G, Scheuring, S and Gilbert, RJC Structure and mechanism of bactericidal mammalian perforin-2, an ancient agent of innate immunity. (2020) Sci. Adv. 6, eaax8286.