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, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020.


  • Director of Research & Innovation

Research interests

Research throughout my career has focused on the regulation, biosynthesis, and genomics of microbial secondary metabolism, primarily that of Streptomyces species. As of Septembrer 2023, the team consists of 3 PDRAs and 3 PhD students. The lab is gateful for support received from BBSRC, InnovateUK, The Royal Society and Wellcome Trust.

<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

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Biology
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Microbiology Society

Current postgraduate researchers

<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>