Dr. Ryan F. Seipke

Dr. Ryan F. Seipke


I was awarded a BA in Biology from Adrian College in 2003 and a PhD in Microbiology from Cornell University in 2008. I was a USDA-funded postdoc with Prof. Rosemary Loria in the Department of Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University from 2008-2009. I then moved to the University of East Anglia as an MRC-funded postdoc with Prof. Matt Hutchings from 2009-2012 and later a NERC-funded postdoc from 2012-2013. I was appointed to a Lectureship in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds in 2013.

Research interests

The research group is interested in the biology of actinomycete bacteria, which are renowned for their diverse and robust secondary metabolism and the production of industrially- and medically-important natural products. Our work focuses on the molecular genetics and biochemistry of natural products biosynthesis and its regulation. A main goal of ours is to develop robust methods for natural products discovery and bioengineering. We also have a significant interest in understanding the evolution of microbial secondary metabolism and its ecological significance. The lab has a track record of financial support from The Royal Society, The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, BBSRC and BBSRC NPRONET.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, Cornell University - 2008
  • BA, Adrian College - 2003

Professional memberships

  • Microbiology Society
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Chemical Society
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1334-through-the-looking-glass;-dissecting-the-regulatory-features-of-5&prime;-utrs-and-investigating-the-role-of-leaderless-mrnas-in-streptomyces">Through the looking-glass; dissecting the regulatory features of 5&prime; UTRs and investigating the role of leaderless mRNAs in Streptomyces</a></li>