Thomas A. Edwards Ph.D.

Thomas A. Edwards Ph.D.


Dr Edwards is an Associate Professor in the School of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Leeds and currently Deputy Head of School, and a co-investigator on the PoPPI EPSRC programme grant. He has acted as Deputy Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology 2011-2018, and School Director of Research 2016-2018. 

Dr Edwards obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Bath in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Biology also from Bath in 1996. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Aneel Aggarwal at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (1997-2003) in the Structural Biology Program, and was promoted to a faculty position in 2003.

Dr Edwards joined the University of Leeds in April 2005.

The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology


  • Deputy Head: School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. 2018 - present
  • School Director of Research. 2016-2018
  • Deputy Director: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. 2011-2108

Research interests

Structural Molecular Biology

  • Structural Biology
  • RNA:Protein Interactions
  • RNA viruses and viral RNA binding proteins
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Molecular Control of Embryogenesis
  • Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance
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  • BSc 1992, PhD 1997, Bath University

Professional memberships

  • Biochemical Society
  • British Biophysical Society
  • Microbiology Society
  • RNA Society
  • British Crystallographic Association

Student education

Undergraduate project topics:

  • Biochemistry, Microbiology & Biological Sciences

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • RNA binding proteins; protein-protein interactions; RNA viruses; molecular embryogenesis

See also:

Academic roles:

  • School Director of Research and Innovation

Research groups and institutes

  • Structural Biology
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