Beverley Harris

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University of Exeter

Ph.D. student


University of Exeter

MSc Bioinformatics (d)


University of Exeter

BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (Upper 2:1)


Professional/research experience

April 2009 - September 2009:

University of Exeter

MSc Project:

" Detecting the fungal secretome: a comparative analysis of web servers and tools"

Awareness of sub-cellular interactions between proteins and organelles has become paramount in understanding how particular pathogens operate. Predicting protein localization in fungi has enabled the marriage of bioinformatics and molecular biology to take place where numerous internet-based software tools are currently available. Secretome analysis involves detection of a protein’s signal peptide, whereby predictor tools that are available on the internet claim to provide a protein locator service that has high degrees of accuracy. My study aimed to use the most accurate predictive tool to deduce the secretome of four filamentous fungi - Puccinia graminis f. sp. Tritici (cereal rust), Ustilago maydis (corn smut), Cryphonectria parasitica (chestnut blight) and Phanerochaete chrysosporium (white rot).

October 2006 - March 2007:

University of Exeter

BSc research project:

"The synthesis of Ruthenium-arene based compounds and its application in medicine"

Substitution of the di-bromo functional group of ruthenium complex [Ru[C6H6CClBr2]]2 occurs under high pressure and nitrogenous conditions. Exchange of bromine for carbon-based ethyl/ methyl groups can enable the complex to diffuse through specific membrane barriers (ie: blood/ brain barrier); thus increasing permeability. As a consequence, novel methods can assist cancer treatment therby replacing current cis-platin therapy that has devastating effects on the patient. 



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Associate of the Higher Education Academy