Welcome. Thank you for visiting the lab's website at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Above is my favourite view from the University towards the City of London; we are right in the heart of the U.K. capital.

I am a scientist in the fields of Biochemistry and Structural Biology. My group specialises in protein production, single particle image processing, transmission cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM or cryo-TEM) and the 3D modelling of biological macromolecules.

I hold a tenured permanent position within the
Biochemistry & Chemistry Division of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary, University of London.

Our research interests are targeted at solving macromolecular protein structures in order to understand their function, with emphasis on photosynthetically-active complexes. Practical work is carried out in The Joseph Priestley Building, with computing facilities and office on the ground floor. In addition, I am one of the School's key academics aiming to enhance the Employability agenda for our 1000+ students pursuing biology and biochemistry degrees, including M.Sci. tutorials. My work is sponsored by numerous sources, including the UK government's BBSRC research council, The Royal Society and Japan's JST/CREST programme.

*Congratulations!* to the 3 winners of
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 - Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson - "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution". These 3 pioneers, their teams and all my friends and colleagues in the entire field of cryo-TEM, remain pure inspiration.

If you would like to enquire further, please do not hesitate to contact me: j.nield_at_qmul.ac.uk.


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Click on these images to reveal more about what the structures we investigate.
Most require about 2,000 of them, end to end, to span the width of a human hair!
Intrigued? then head on to the Showcase ...

*Brief references for images above (left to right, 20 images, from my research career) - 1 and 6. PSII-LHCII supercomplex, Nature Structural Biology, 2000; 2. isiA-PSI supercomplexes, see Nature: letters 2001a,b & 2003; Pcb-PSII supercomplex, PNAS 2003; 4. isiA-PSI in 3D, Journal of Biol. Chem. 2003; 5. Free download, updated frequently! Download it here. 7. PSII-LHCII supercomplex modelling study, BBA 2006; 8. Atomic Force Microscopy probing the molecular dynamics of thylakoid membranes, Biochemistry 2008; 9-11. Atomic model for the light-harvesting protein c-phycocyanin of a cyanobacterium, S. elongatus, Journal of Structural Biology, 2003; 12. Phylogenetic model for the major complexes in photosynthetic membranes, TiPS 2011; 13. Ozawa et al., The Plant Cell, 2009; 14. Bohm et al., The Plant Cell, 2012; 15. Pagliano et al., BBA-Bioenergetics, 2014; 16. Gutierrez et al., Metallomics, 2013; 17, 18 and 19. Albanese et al., Photosynthesis Research, 2016; 20. Redox Tuning in Photosystem II, Allen and Nield, TiPS 2017.

Last updated on the 28th June 2018.