Professor of Science Communication and Chemistry, University of Hull

Mark Lorch is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Hull. He trained as a protein chemist, studying protein folding and function. His research now focuses on the chemistry of a broad range of biological systems including lipids, proteins and even plant spores.

Mark is also blogs at www.chemistry-blog.com and occasionally for the Guardian and writes for The New Humanist and BBC Focus.

As well as his written out put he gives regular talks to schools, the public and conferences (sometimes all at once, at science festivals or TEDx) and he occasionally pops up on the radio and TV explaining science and technology to a public audience.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Professor of Science Communication , University of Hull
  • 2014–present
    Associate Dean, Engagment, University of Hull
  • 2013–2016
    Senior lecturer in Biological Chemistry, University of Hull
  • 2010–2013
    Lecturer in Biological Chemistry, University of Hull
  • 2005–2010
    RCUK Academic Fellow, University of Hull
  • 2003–2005
    Post Doctoral Research Associate, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • 2000–2003
    Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol

Education

  • 1999 
    University of Bristol, PhD
  • 1995 
    University of Warwick, BSc. Biochemistry

Publications

  • 2016
    Conformational photoswitching of a synthetic peptide foldamer bound within a phospholipid bilayer, Science
  • 2015
    Chelator free gallium-68 radiolabelling of silica coated iron oxide nanorods via surface interactions , Nanoscale
  • 2013
    Protein free microscapsules obtained from plant spores as a model for drug delivery: ibuprofen encapsulation, release and taste masking, Journal of Materials Chemistry B
  • 2012
    Sequestration of edible oil from emulsions using new single and double layered microcapsules from plant spores (, Journal of Materials Chemistry B
  • 2012
    A Clerical Error Provides a Unique Opportunity to Study the Effect of Previously Seen Exam Questions on Exam Results, New Directions
  • 2011
    Dynamic nuclear polarization-enhanced solid-state NMR of a 13C-labeled signal peptide bound to lipid-reconstituted sec translocon , Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • 2010
    Access to a primary aminosporopollenin solid support from plant spores , Green Chemistry
  • 2010
    Cholesterol and lipid phases influence the interactions between serotonin receptor agonists and lipid bilayers, Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • 2009
    MRI contrast agent delivery using spore capsules: Controlled release in blood plasma, Chemcomm
  • 2008
    Phosphatidylglycerol Lipids Enhance Folding of an α Helical Membrane Protein, Journal of Molecular Biology
  • 2008
    Location and orientation of serotonin receptor 1a agonists in model and complex lipid membranes , Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • 2008
    Transport cycle intermediate in small multidrug resistance protein is revealed by substrate fluorescence, FASEB Journal

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Molecules in Minecraft
    Role:
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2013
    Training Scientists to Develop and Image Materials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EU
  • 2011
    Using Drama and Comics to Engage School Children with Science
    Role:
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    HE-STEM program
  • 2007
    Analysis of the Interaction Between the SecY Protein Translocation Complex and its Substrate Pre-Protein
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    BBSRC
  • 2007
    Controlling Membranes with Photoisomerisable Lipid Analogues: A Solid State NMR Based Study.
    Role:
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Royal Society

Professional Memberships

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Association of British Science Writers