Dr Nicholas Tucker

Senior Lecturer

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

Research in the Tucker lab is focussed on the application of genomics to the following areas:

1. Exploiting Pseudomonas for industrial biotechnology and the sustainable production of plastics

2. Investigating the mode of action of DNA binding antibiotics and their impact on transcription

3. Using metagenomics to identify useful microorganisms from the environment

4. Pathogen genomics and antimicrobial resistance


Nick's Career History:

2009-Present, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, University of Strathclyde
2005-2009, Post-doctoral fellow, John Innes Centre, Norwich 
2002-2005 PhD. Molecular microbiology, University of East Anglia 
1999-2000 MSc. Human Molecular Genetics, Imperial College, London. 
1996-99 BSc. (Hons.) Biochemistry, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.



Host lysolipid differentially modulates virulence factor expression and antimicrobial susceptibility in
McSorley James C, MacFadyen Alison C, Kerr Leena, Tucker Nicholas Peter
Microbiology Vol 168 (2022)
The genetics of prey susceptibility to myxobacterial predation : a review, including an investigation into pseudomonas aeruginosa mutations affecting predation by Myxococcus xanthus
Sydney Natashia, Swain Martin T, So Jeffery MT, Hoiczyk Egbert, Tucker Nicholas P, Whitworth David E
Microbial Physiology Vol 31, pp. 57-66 (2021)
Genomic and transcriptomic characterisation of Pseudomonas sp. for the production and degradation of plastic monomers.
Tucker Nicholas, Begley Charles
Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2021 (2021)
Transmission, adaptation and geographical spread of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Liverpool epidemic strain
Moore Matthew P, Lamont Iain L, Williams David, Paterson Steve, Kukavica-Ibrulj Irena, Tucker Nicholas P, Kenna Dervla TD, Turton Jane F, Jeukens Julie, Freschi Luca, Wee Brian A, Loman Nicholas J, Holden Stephen, Manzoor Susan, Hawkey Peter, Southern Kevin W, Walshaw Martin J, Levesque Roger C, Fothergill Joanne L, Winstanley Craig
Microbial Genomics Vol 7 (2021)
Microbes Against Humanity, a workshop game for horrible students : using a creative card game in higher education microbiology teaching
Efthimiou Georgios, Tucker Nicholas P
Access Microbiology Vol 3 (2021)
Genomic plasticity of pathogenic Escherichia coli mediates D-serine tolerance via multiple adaptive mechanisms
O'Boyle Nicky, Connolly James P R, Tucker Nicholas P, Roe Andrew J
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol 117, pp. 22484-22493 (2020)

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Professional activities

BBSRC (Biotech & Biological Sciences Research Council) (External organisation)
Comparative genomics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
SULSA Symposium 2013
Member of programme committee
Pseudomonas 2013
Advances in Biology (Journal)
Editorial board member
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek: International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology (Journal)
Editorial board member

More professional activities


Investigating a novel class of Gram-negative active antibiotic suitable for clinical use
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Tucker, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
Environmental enrichment culture as a route to the biosynthesis of platform chemicals for the plastics industry.
Tucker, Nicholas (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | McGee, Leah
Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Tucker, Nicholas (Co-investigator) McGee, Leah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Exploiting Pseudomonas for the production of methacrylate for the plastics industry
Tucker, Nicholas (Principal Investigator) Duncan, Katherine (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2022
Research Excellence Award - Innovation in mass spectrometry to accelerate drug discovery - Castano Espriu, Laia
Duncan, Katherine (Principal Investigator) Tucker, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020
A comparative multi-omics platform for accelerated antibiotic drug discovery from ancient Polar bacteria
Duncan, Katherine (Principal Investigator) Tucker, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Hamnett Wing

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