Dr Lara Small
Lara is responsible for supporting academics in developing their REF impact case studies, for REF2021 (and beyond), and assisting in the whole range of activities associated with impact and engagement at DUBS. Based in the Business School, Lara also works closely with colleagues in the Research and Innovation Services department, and those in similar roles across the University.
Lara has previously worked in Durham's Research and Innovation Services, and as a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemistry and Physics departments. She graduated with a PhD in Physics in 2016 from Durham, and also has an MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leeds.
I am currently a Research Associate in the Soft Matter & Biological Physics group of the Centre for Materials Physics, working with Dr Margarita Staykova and Prof. Colin Bain (Chemistry), primarily working on fluorescence microscopy studies of lipid bilayers interacting with surfactants.
I previously held an EPSRC Doctoral Prize for postdoctoral research, from 2015-2016. I defended my PhD thesis, 'Peptide-based Molecular Motor Design', carried out under the supervision of Dr. Beth Bromley, in September 2015. Prior to my PhD studies in Durham, I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds, graduating in July 2010 with a BSc/MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics.
Centre for Materials Physics
- Small, Lara, Zuckermann, Martin, Sessions, Richard, Curmi, Paul, Linke, Heiner, Forde, Nancy & Bromley, Elizabeth (2019). The Bar-Hinge Motor: A synthetic protein design exploiting conformational switching to achieve directional motility. New Journal of Physics 21: 013002.
- Small, Lara S. R., Bruning, Marc, Thomson, Andrew R., Boyle, Aimee L., Davies, Roberta B., Curmi, Paul M. G., Forde, Nancy R., Linke, Heiner, Woolfson, Derek N. & Bromley, Elizabeth H. C. (2017). Construction of a chassis for a tripartite protein-based molecular motor. ACS Synthetic Biology 6(6): 1096-1102.