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Dr Tim Hawkins, BSc (Hons); PhD; FRMS

Chief Experimental Officer - Bioimaging/Advanced Light Microscopy in the Department of Biosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41333
Room number: 137/138

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Twitter: @BioimagingDurh1

I’m a molecular cell biologist and manage the core Bioimaging and Light Microscopy facility in the department of Biosciences. I am also Deputy Director of the Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology and the outreach co-ordinator for Biosciences.

Research Interests

My Research interests involve the use of a wide variety of imaging techniques to study 1) the cytoskeleton of plant and animal cells 2) the accessory proteins which control their dynamics and organisation and 3) their role in cell division, morphology and response to mechanical stress.

Some current projects

  • Characterisation of members of the NET family of plant actin binding proteins which link the actin cytoskeleton to district membrane compartments (with Prof Hussey).
  • Algae cell biology and the evolution of division arrays using the model O. tauri. 
  • Development of new imaging methodologies in particular for plant cells and tissues.
  • Cell biology of Keratin associated proteins.
  • Collaborations with industrial partners to develop new imaging approaches to help screen and understand their products and the fundamental biology behind them.
  • Combining high-resolution imaging with mechanical manipulation and modelling in both animal and plants cells - As part of this programme we are developing a microscope-mountable mechanical platform for the precise controlled stretching/compression and high resolution imaging of elastic materials, cells and tissues. The mechanical platform incorporates high specification linear platforms (Zaber) and ISA miniature s-beam force transducers coupled with an FT-111 indicator for accurate stretching and force measurements respectively (flintec)

Lab Members

Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

Research Interests

  • Bioimaging
  • Cell Biology
  • Cytoskeletion


Chapter in book

Journal Article

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences: Bioimaging
  • Plant sciences: Bioimaging