Professor Paul Hoskisson

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

Laboratory webpage is here

Research in my group is focussed on the synthesis of antibiotics and the evolution of bacterial pathogens, using a range of techniques from molecular biology and biochemistry through to mathematical modelling and image analysis. The bacterial genus Streptomyces is the main focus of work in my Research Group due to its industrial importance, being responsible for producing around two thirds of all commercially important antibiotics as well as numerous anti-fungal, anti-helminthic and anti-cancer drugs. 

We also have an interest in evolution of metabolism, evolution of bacterial pathogens, genomics of actinobacteria and the exploitation of amphibian proteins for biotechnology. 

We use a range of techniques to study the biology of actinobacteria including molecular genetics, protein biochemistry, genomics, microscopy, physiology, advanced spectroscopy, mathematical modeling and bioinformatics.

I was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland in 2014 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) in 2016.

I am a member of the Microbiology Society, the American Society of Microbiology, the Biochemical Society, The Royal Society of Biology and British Herpetological Society.

I am a managing editor for Antonie van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of Microbiology, and sit on the editorial board for Microbial Genomics, Frontiers in Antimicrobials, resistance and chemotherapy, Frontiers in Microbial Physiology and Metabolism, Frontiers in Synthetic Biology and Metabolism and Nature Scientific Data and Nature Scientific Reports.I am a former Editor in Chief of Microbiology Today.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am interested in the use of Social media for communication of science and you can follow on Twitter @paulhoskisson


A two-lane mechanism for selective biological ammonium transport
Williamson Gordon, Tamburrino Guila, Bizior Adriana, Boeckstaens Mélanie, Dias Mirandela Gaëtan, Bage Marcus, Pisliakov Andrei, Ives Callum M, Terras Eilidh, Hoskisson Paul A, Marini Anna Maria, Zachariae Ulrich, Javelle Arnaud
eLife Vol 9 (2020)
Intra-colony channels in E. coli function as a nutrient uptake system
Rooney Liam M, Amos William B, Hoskisson Paul A, McConnell Gail
ISME Journal (2020)
Biocatalytic alkylation cascades: recent advances and future opportunities for late-stage functionalization
McKean Iain J W, Hoskisson Paul A, Burley Glenn A
Chembiochem (2020)
Biologically modified microelectrode sensors provide enhanced sensitivity for detection of nucleic acid sequences from Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Blair Ewen O, Hannah Stuart, Vezza Vincent, Avci Hüseyin, Kocagoz Tanil, Hoskisson Paul A, Güzel Fatma D, Corrigan Damion K
Sensors and Actuators Reports Vol 2 (2020)
Differential transcription of expanded gene families in central carbon metabolism of Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2)
Schniete Jana K, Reumerman Richard, Kerr Leena, Tucker Nicholas P, Hunter Iain S, Herron Paul R, Hoskisson Paul A
Access Microbiology (2020)
The parasitic worm product ES-62 promotes health- and life-span in a high calorie diet accelerated mouse model of ageing
Crowe Jenny, Lumb Felicity E, Doonan James, Broussard Margaux, Tarafdar Anuradha, Pineda Miguel A, Landabaso Carmen, Mulvey Lorna, Hoskisson Paul A, Babayan Simon A, Selman Colin, Harnett William, Harnett Margaret M
PLOS Pathogens Vol 16 (2020)

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Professional activities

Meet the Researcher- MRS 2019
Applying the Mesolens to Microbiology; Visualising Biofilm Architecture and Substructure
Generating metabolic robustness for antibiotic biosynthesis though the expansion of primary metabolism in Streptomyces
Applying the Mesolens to Microbiology; Visualising Biofilm Architecture and Substructure
Frogs, Foam and foiling antibiotic resistant infections
Generating metabolic robustness for antibiotic biosynthesis though the expansion of primary metabolism in Streptomyces

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Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020
Understanding the development of Industrial strain lineages (IBIOIC Studentship)
Hoskisson, Paul (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023
Chance and Necessity: Evolution guided antibiotic improvement and discovery
Hoskisson, Paul (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Re-engineering robustness in to industrial antibiotic producing Streptomyces strains (Super Follow on Fund)
Hoskisson, Paul (Principal Investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Bottura, Beatrice
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Bottura, Beatrice (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Evolutionary genomics for the sustainable exploitation of microbes from Mexican niches: from biodiversity to application (Newton Fund) Newton Advanced Fellowship (Francisco Barona-Gomez)
Hoskisson, Paul (Principal Investigator)
17-Jan-2018 - 16-Jan-2021

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