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Prof Neil Hunt


Personal statement

NTH is a Professor in Physics at the University of Strathclyde. Supported by funding from the EPSRC, the European Research Council, BBSRC and the Leverhulme Trust, his research has focused on developing ultrafast two-dimensional infrared (2D-IR) spectroscopy methods. In particular, NTH’s research has been motivated by a desire to understand the way in which dynamic molecular processes influence the function of biological molecules including reactions in enzyme active sites and the binding of small molecules to proteins and DNA. 

A significant contributor to this work has been the close collaboration between the NTH group and the STFC Central Laser Facility (CLF) based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This collaboration has successfully made 2D-IR spectroscopy available on three internationally-leading laser systems (PIRATE, ULTRA and LifeTIME) for the benefit of the UK scientific community. 


Quantifying secondary structure changes in Calmodulin using 2D-IR spectroscopy
Minnes Lucy, Shaw Daniel J., Cossins Benjamin P., Donaldson Paul M., Greetham Gregory M., Towrie Michael, Parker Anthony W., Baker Matthew J., Henry Alistair J., Taylor Richard J., Hunt Neil T.
Analytical Chemistry Vol 89, pp. 10898-10906, (2017)
Examining the role of protein structural dynamics in drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Shaw Daniel J., Hill Rachel E., Simpson Niall, Husseini Fouad S., Robb Kirsty, Greetham Gregory M., Towrie Michael, Parker Anthony W., Robinson David , Hirst Jonathan D. , Hoskisson Paul, Hunt Neil T.
Chemical Science, (2017)
Disruption of key NADH-binding pocket residues of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis InhA affects DD-CoA binding ability
Shaw Daniel J., Robb Kirsty, Vetter Beatrice V., Tong Madeline, Molle Virginie, Hunt Neil T., Hoskisson Paul A.
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
Ultrafast 2D-IR and optical Kerr effect spectroscopy reveal the impact of duplex melting on the structural dynamics of DNA
Hithell Gordon, González-Jiménez Mario, Greetham Gregory M., Donaldson Paul M., Towrie Michael, Parker Anthony W., Burley Glenn A., Wynne Klaas, Hunt Neil
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2017)
2D-IR spectroscopy shows that optimised DNA minor groove binding of Hoechst33258 follows an induced fit model
Ramakers Lennart A. I., Hithell Gordon, May John J., Greetham Gregory M., Donaldson Paul M., Towrie Michael, Parker Anthony W., Burley Glenn, Hunt Neil
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, (2017)
Using experimental and computational energy equilibration to understand hierarchical self-assembly of Fmoc-dipeptide amphiphiles
Sasselli I.R., Pappas C. G., Matthews E., Wang T., Hunt Neil, Ulijn Rein, Tuttle Christopher
Soft Matter Vol 2016, pp. 8307-8315, (2016)

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Professional activities

Telluride Symposium on Vibrational Dynamics
Laser imaging and microscopy/spectroscopy workshop, University of Stellenbosch
Austin Symposium on Molecular Structure and Dynamics, Dallas, USA,
Invited speaker
Pacifichem Congress, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Invited speaker
DfG Roundtable Meeting on Photoreceptors, Munich, Germany
Invited speaker
Advances in Structure and Dynamics, Bangalore, India
Invited speaker

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Fast-tracking Health Innovation for NHS Scotland (MRC Confidence in Concept 2017) / R170262-101
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Hunt, Neil (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-2019
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / R120526-217
Hunt, Neil (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Mar-2017
BBSRC Doctoral Training Grant (DTG) | Bellota-Anton, Cesar
Tucker, Nicholas (Principal Investigator) Hunt, Neil (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2011 - 01-Dec-2014
Advanced data analysis tools for 2D-IR spectroscopy
Hunt, Neil (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2018
Determining the molecular-level origin of Isoniazid susceptibility and resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis using Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy
Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunt, Neil (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2015 - 30-Nov-2016
Bridging the Gap Grant - In silico to in clinic-o
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Hunt, Neil (Co-investigator)
Period 02-Mar-2015 - 02-Jun-2015

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