Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Group



Molecular and Cellular Biology is at the core of understanding fundamental biological processes. Our research aims to characterise molecular and cellular functions and signalling using our expertise in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology and bioinformatics.

Our aim

Researching the functions of molecules and cells is crucial for our understanding of biology at its fundamental level. This allows for the development of new knowledge of gene inheritance, protein function, cellular behaviour and metabolic control to tackle disease treatment and biotechnological applications. The researchers in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Group are investigating the role of molecules in a range of cells and organisms, with special focus on mitochondrial functions, exosomes and microvesicles in cellular signalling, membrane transporters in prokaryotes, and drug interactions. 

Group leader

Dr Gavin Mcstay

Associate Professor

Gavin's research interests focus on the roles mitochondria play in aspects of eukaryotic life, ranging from their origin, metabolism, biogenesis and role they play in cell death pathways. These are interrogated using biochemical, molecular bi…

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Researchers within Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Group

Trust Diya


Trust is a Lecturer in Molecular Biology. His research interests are on the effects of flavonoids on mammalian cells.

Dr Ahmad Haidery


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Dr Sarah Williams

Course Director

I joined the team here at Staffordshire University in May 2013 as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science. I'm a member of the British Society for Immunology and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.

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Dr Samina Naseeb

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Genetics and Genomics with interests in genetics, biotechnology, synthetic biology, yeast evolution and fungal biodiversity. Public engagement in science educates and involves the community increasing support in research.

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Dr Arthur Hosie

Course Director

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Dr Susan Bird

Senior Lecturer

I teach on the modules Molecular Aspects of Chronic Multifactorial Diseases, part of Principles of Molecular Biology, part of Human Molecular Genetics, part of Molecular Diagnostics and project supervision

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Dr Chloe Heys


Lecturer in Microbiology

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