Prof Douglas Kell

Prof. Douglas Kell

Research Chair in Systems Biology, Dept Biochemistry, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Biosciences Building,
Crown St, LIVERPOOL L69 7BZ, United Kingdom

Prof. Douglas Kell
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Email: dbk [at] liv [dot] ac [dot] uk

Tel: +44 (0)151 795 7772
Place of birth: London, U.K. Date of birth: 7 April 1953
Marital status: Married, 1 son (DoB 3-8-92), 2 daughters (DoB 15-7-95 and 27-3-98)I am also an Associated Science Director at DTU Biosustain; my webpage for that is here. I am in the top 1% of most cited researchers.

Primary and Secondary education:

Hydneye House, Sussex (pix), 1961-66, Bradfield College, Berkshire (Top Scholar), 1966 – 1970. ‘A’ Levels: Physics (A), Chemistry (A), Pure & Applied Mathematics (B).

University record:

B.A. (Hons) Biochemistry, St John’s College, Oxford (1975), Class 2-1, with Distinction in Chemical Pharmacology.

Senior Scholar of St John’s College, Oxford. M.A. (Oxon) 1978.

D.Phil. (Oxon) 1978; thesis title: “The Bioenergetics of Paracoccus denitrificans“.

Postdoctoral work
SRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1978 – 1980. Project title: “Energy Coupling in Methanogenic Bacteria”.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1980 – 1981. Project title: “Butyricin 7423 and the membrane H+-ATPase of Clostridium pasteurianum“.

SERC Advanced Fellow, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1981 – 1983. Project title: “Novel approaches to the understanding of protonmotive systems in bacteria”.

‘New Blood’ lecturer in Microbial Physiology, Department of Botany & Microbiology, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1983 – 1988.

Director, Aber Instruments Ltd, 1988 – 2008 (I resigned on my appointment at CEO of BBSRC)

Reader in Microbiology, Dept of Biological Sciences, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1988 – 1992.

Personal Chair, University of Wales, 1992 – 2002

Director of Research, Institute of Biological Sciences, UW Aberystwyth, 1997-2002.

Director, Aber Genomic Computing (later Predictive Solutions Ltd), 2001 – 2007

EPSRC/RSC Research Chair in Bioanalytical Sciences, Dept of Chemistry, UMIST. 2002 – 2018 (since 2004 School of Chemistry, University of Manchester, and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology)

Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Coouncil (0.8 FTE), 2008-13.

Awards and Distinctions
1986 Recipient of the Fleming Award of the Society for General Microbiology, awarded annually by the Society “in recognition of outstanding research by a young microbiologist working in the UK or the Republic of Ireland”.

1986/87 Co-recipient (with Dr R.W.Todd) of one of 12 SMART Awards (Phase I and Phase II) for novel instrumentation from the Department of Trade and Industry, for “the development of an electronic biomass probe”.

1989/1990 Co-recipient (with colleagues from Aber Instruments) of a SMART Award (Phase I and Phase II) from the Department of Trade and Industry for the development of “An automated bacterial colony counter”.

1999 Fellow of the Institute of Biology (CBiol FI Biol) (now Royal Society of Biology)

2002 DTI Beacon Award in collaboration with Mike White (Liverpool University), Steve Oliver and Norman Paton (University of Manchester).

2004 Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Science Award

2005 FEBS/IUBMB Theodor Bücher medal and lecture.

2005 Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Biology Award

2006 Royal Society/Wolfson Merit Award

2006 Royal Society of Chemistry/ Society of Analytical Chemistry Gold Medal

2012 Elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW)

2012 Awarded DSc Honoris Causa, Cranfield University

2012 Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

2013 Elected a Fellow (equivalent to DSc) of Aberystwyth University

2013 Elected a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Metabolomics Society.

2014 Elected to be a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in New Year Honours

2015 Honorary DSc from the University of Aberdeen and the University of East Anglia.

Some links I may find useful are here.

Click here for a picture of the boss (ca 200 kbytes) and here for a more action-packed one (ca 295 kbytes), here for the 2nd newest boss (ca 150 kbytes) and here for our newest addition.

Click to see the list of some publications of the group. My Community of Science entry is here. My ORCID ID is 0000-0001-5838-7963, My ResearcherID is E-8318-2011, my Microsoft Academic Search link is here, my Google Scholar link is here, and my Kudos  dashboard is here.

Contact Details
If you wish to contact me, please use the following contact details:

E-mail: dbk [at] liv [dot] ac [dot] uk


Dept Biochemistry, Institute of Integrative Biology
University of Liverpool, Biosciences Building,
United Kingdom