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Professor David Ellar

  • College positions:

    Life Fellow, Fellows Wine Steward

  • University positions:

    Professor of Microbial Biochemistry (retired)

  • Subject:


B.Sc. (Leeds), Ph.D. in Bacteriology (Syracuse University, USA) Sc.D. (Cambridge)

Awards and prizes

Fred Griffith Prize, Society for General Microbiology (2005), Fellowship, American Academy of Microbiology (2001), Fellowship, Royal Entomological Society (1989), DuPont Global Technology Award, (1997), Founders Lecturer Award, Society for Invertebrate Pathology (1995),

Research interests

My research concentrated on four aspects of the molecular biology and biochemistry of aerobic sporulating bacteria (Bacilli) and especially their membrane-active toxins. These topics are: (a) the biochemistry and molecular biology of Bacillus spore dormancy and spore germination, (b) the structure, synthesis, molecular genetics and mode of action of insecticidal (Cry and cyt) bacterial toxins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis, (c) the design and construction of anti tumour immunotoxins utilising bacillus toxins, (d) the molecular analysis of virulence factors in pathogenic members of the Bacillus cereus group

Teaching interests

Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine

Other interests

Music, Writing, Painting, Wine