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Durham University

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Dr Elizabeth Bromley

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Lecturer in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43644
Room number: 109
Faculty Director of EDI in the Faculty of Science

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Research Interests

My research centres on the biomolecular design approach to synthetic biology. Current directions include:

  • The design of a novel protein based motor that walks along DNA.
  • The design of sequences that adopt multiple native states.
  • Peptide based methods for coupling changes in chemical potential to mechanical outputs.
  • Understanding the energy landscape of coiled-coil oligomerization. 
  • The design of self-assembling fibre systems.

 For further information please see here.

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

Department of Physics


Journal Article

Selected Grants

  • 2014: Scientific Properties of Complex Knots (£337854.00 from Leverhulme Trust)

International Collaboration

  • HFSP grant to design and characterize novel protein motors. Collaborators: Heiner Linke (Lund, Sweden), Nancy Forde and Martin Zuckermann (SFU, Canada), Paul Curmi (UNSW, Australia) and Dek Woolfson (Bristol.UK).

Teaching Areas

  • Level 2 Practical Atomic Spectra (24 hours/year.)
  • Level 2 Practical Optical Rotation (24 hours/year.)